Virat Kohli is about to retake first place as the batter in one-day international cricket. The 34-year-old has climbed four spots to No. 4 among batters in the most current ICC men’s ODI player rankings. This development comes after he smashed his 74th international century and 46th ODI century on Sunday in Thiruvananthapuram against Sri Lanka.

In his last four one-day international games, Kohli has three centuries. In the first ODI against Sri Lanka, he scored his first century (113 off 87 balls), and in the third game, he added a second hundred (166 off 110 balls). He had a terrific start to the year 2023. Player of the series Kohli put up 283 runs at an average of 141.50 in three games.

With such outstanding bat form, it is just a matter of time until the right-handed batsman reclaims the top rank in one-day international cricket. Rassie van der Dussen of South Africa is ranked No. 2 with 766 points, followed by Quinton de Kock of South Africa at No. 3 with 759 points in the current rankings for ODI batters, while Babar Azam of Pakistan presently holds the top place with 887 points. Kohli is now 138 points short of displacing Babar as the leader with 750 points. Kohli will have a fantastic chance given Babar’s recent bat issues and the high amount of ODIs India will play this year.

The most current ICC men’s ODI player rankings placed pacer Mohammed Siraj, who also bowls, third among bowlers. With nine total wickets in the ODI series against Sri Lanka, Siraj was the player with the most.

Since India will host the ODI World Cup in 2023, the 50-over format will get greater attention. As a part of the lead-up to the major event, Team India and New Zealand are currently playing a three-match One-Day International series. The Men in Blue will compete against Australian visitors in a three-match ODI series in March.