Number 1 from 39… How Siraj became the ‘Sartaj’ of ODIs in just 3 series, made the impossible possible

Mohammed Siraj: India’s fast bowler Mohammed Siraj has become the ‘Sartaj’ of bowling in ODI cricket. He got the number-1 position in the latest ODI rankings of bowlers released on Wednesday. The special thing here is that Siraj was at the 39th position in this ranking till November 2022, in just three ODI series, he has achieved this position by setting a gap of 38 places.

Mohammad Siraj made his ODI debut in the year 2019 but after that he could not make a place in the ODI team for three years. He returned to this format from February 2022. After this, this bowler regularly improved his performance. The result was that within a year this player has now become the world’s number-1 ODI bowler. Siraj played 20 ODIs in this one year and took a total of 37 wickets. During this, he bowled very tightly. His economy rate remained under 5. The last three ODI series were the best for him.

Outstanding performance in the last three ODIs
In December 2022, he took 6 wickets in three matches against Bangladesh at a bowling average of 22 and an economy rate of 5.28. After this, in the three-match ODI series played against Sri Lanka at the beginning of the year, he was the ‘Player of the Series’ by taking 9 wickets. After this, in two matches of the three-match ODI series against New Zealand, this bowler maintained his performance by taking 5 wickets. In this way, due to the sharp performance in these three series, this bowler reached the number-1 position from the 39th ranking.

Here are the top-10
Mohammad Siraj now holds the top position in the ODI bowlers’ rankings with 729 rating points. Josh Hazlewood (727) and Trent Boult (708) are in the second position here. Mitchell Starc (665) and Rashid Khan (659) are present in the top-5 list. The top-10 includes Adam Zampa, Shakib Al Hasan, Shaheen Afridi, Mustafizur Rahman and Mujeeb ur Rahman. India’s second bowler in the top-20 is Kuldeep Yadav.

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