Indian cricket’s rising star, Mohammed Siraj, paid a touching tribute to his late father as he reclaimed the prestigious number 1 spot in the ICC ODI Rankings for bowlers on Wednesday, September 20. Siraj’s impressive resurgence to the summit of ODI bowling rankings comes just ahead of the eagerly awaited ODI World Cup 2023. His remarkable climb involved surging eight places following a stellar performance in the Asia Cup final against Sri Lanka.

Siraj’s Triumph in the ICC Rankings
The dynamic fast bowler regained the top position in the ICC rankings on the back of his exceptional bowling exhibition during the Asia Cup 2023 final. In that memorable match, he single-handedly dismantled the Sri Lankan batting lineup, delivering sensational bowling figures of 6/21. By the end of the tournament, Siraj had notched up an impressive ten wickets at an average of 12.2. His exceptional showing outshone established bowlers such as Trent Boult, Rashid Khan, and Mitchell Starc.

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His remarkable performance catapulted him up eight spots in the rankings, surpassing formidable contenders like Josh Hazlewood, Trent Boult, Rashid Khan, and Mitchell Starc to once again claim the top position. This marks the second occasion that Siraj has ascended to the pinnacle of the ICC ODI rankings, reaffirming his status as a formidable force in international cricket.

A Heartfelt Tribute
In the wake of his return to the top spot in the ICC rankings, Siraj took to social media, where he shared an Instagram story featuring an image from the Asia Cup 2023 final alongside pictures of his parents. Accompanying this poignant image, Siraj penned an emotional message in his Instagram story, fondly remembering his father and writing, “Miss you Pappa.”

Upcoming Matches
Cricket enthusiasts can eagerly anticipate witnessing Mohammed Siraj’s exceptional skills in action once more as India prepares to square off against Australia in an upcoming home series leading up to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023. This series includes matches scheduled for September 22, 24, and 27, set to be hosted in Mohali, Indore, and Rajkot, respectively.

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