Kohli continues to top the ODI batting chart

Indian captain Virat Kohli, who made his debut on the very same day in 2008, continues to lead the ICC ODI Rankings despite India playing Tests recently. He will have a chance to further increase the lead on the top when the ODI series against Sri Lanka begins on 20th August.

He is the only Indian batsman in the top 10 with former captain MS Dhoni, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma occupying the 12th, 13th and 14th spot in the chart.

Having 873 points in his kitty, Kohli will have a chance to increase the 12-point lead over second-placed Australian David Warner at the upcoming five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka, starting in Dambulla on Sunday.

The calculations in the team rankings is what would worry the men in blue more. Currently being placed at the 3rd position, they would have to ensure that they win atleast 4-1 to ensure that they are safe at that place, otherwise England will have a chance to leapfrog them. The things are tougher for the Lankan side, who will have to win atleast 2 matches if they have to earn a direct qualification for next edition of the World Cup.