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Keshav Maharaj claims top spot as No. 1 ODI bowler in the latest ICC player rankings

In a surprising turn of events ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 semi-finals, the ICC ODI bowlers’ rankings have witnessed a significant shift. South African left-arm spinner, Keshav Maharaj, has successfully dethroned the formidable Indian seamer, Mohammed Siraj, from the coveted top spot.

Maharaj Claims the Pinnacle

In the most recent update to the rankings, Maharaj now reigns supreme with an impressive rating of 726. Meanwhile, Siraj, with a still commendable 723 rating, finds himself in the second spot. This shift adds an extra layer of anticipation to the cricketing landscape.

Maharaj’s Remarkable Campaign

At 33 years old, Maharaj has been the standout performer in the ongoing tournament. His stellar campaign boasts 14 wickets from nine innings, maintaining an average of 24.71 and an exceptional economy of 4.37. Notably, Maharaj stands as the third-highest wicket-taker for South Africa in this cricketing extravaganza.

Bowling Brilliance and Heroics

Maharaj’s bowling prowess was on full display, with his best figures of 4/46 recorded against New Zealand in Pune. A noteworthy performance included a brilliant spell of 1/30 in ten overs against India in a high-scoring match in Kolkata. These contributions underscore his crucial role in South Africa’s journey.

All-Round Impact

Beyond his bowling heroics, Maharaj showcased his all-round capabilities in a crucial fixture against Pakistan in Chennai. Playing a pivotal role with the bat, he secured victory for the Proteas by scoring the winning boundary in the 48th over, with just one wicket left in the innings.

In summary, Keshav Maharaj’s multifaceted contributions have not only reshaped the ICC ODI bowlers’ rankings but have also elevated him to a pivotal position in South Africa’s quest for glory in the Cricket World Cup 2023.

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