Kohli is the flag bearer of Indian cricket: Ganguly

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In the ODI list of all-time rankings, the Delhi lad is now on the seventh spot, Vivian Richard is on the top spot with 935 points. Also, the Indian skipper became the first ever batsman to amass 500 runs in a bilateral ODI series.

Only four batsmen before Kohli have managed to cross the 900-point mark previously in ODIs and Tests - Richards, Brian Lara, Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers. He smashed 558 runs - a new record - in the six games, scoring at an astounding average of 186 a piece. The Indian captain is also ahead of legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar, who had managed a career-high ranking of only 887 points. "Kohli's aggregate is the best since Brian Lara reached 911 points in March 1993", the ICC said in its release.

India: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni (wkt), Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal.

Bumrah has moved up two spots to No 1 after taking eight wickets against South Africa, which gave him a total of 787 points - joint with Afghanistan's Rashid Khan.

In the bowling charts, Jasprit Bumrah, with his tally of eight wickets in six matches, climbed up to the top, and now holds the first position jointly with Rashid Khan, who bagged 16 wickets in five matches to cripple Zimbabwe in an ODI series in Sharjah.

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The 19-year-old's 51 runs in two innings in the series, including a brisk 43 in the final match, has also helped him break into the top-five in the list of all-rounders.

Interestingly, Kohli is the only batsman to find a place in the Top 3 slots across all formats.

Meanwhile, India (123) continued to top the ODI team rankings, followed by South Africa (117) and England (116).

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis, who played only in the first ODI against India and scored a fine century, moved up one position to reach the eighth spot.

Afghanistan also moved up one position up in ICC Rankings for Teams, going past Zimbabwe to become the 10th-ranked team. Zimbabwe lost three points to be on 50 points.

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