Hope leaps into ODI top 10

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Shai Hope

(CMC) — Shai Hope’s back-to-back unbeaten hundreds in the recent one-day series against Bangladesh, has catapulted him into the top 10 of the ICC batting rankings.

In the latest one-day rankings released on Sunday, the 25-year-old Hope jumped 17 spots and now lies at a career-best eighth place.

Indian stroke-maker Virat Kohli continues in number one in an unchanged top five.

Hope finished the three-match series against Bangladesh with 297 runs to be adjudged Man-of-the-Series, even though West Indies went down 2-1 in the rubber.

He carved out a superb unbeaten 146 in the series-levelling four-wicket win in Dhaka before hitting 108 not out in the decisive third game which the Caribbean side lost by eight wickets in Sylhet.

Hope now has four career ODI hundreds with three of them coming inside his last seven innings. He averages an outstanding 47 — one of the highest in world cricket among current players.

Shimron Hetmyer is the next best-ranked West Indies player at 40th.

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