Rabada youngest top ranked bowler after Saqlain

The intense competition in the individual rankings justifies the tournament's name as players from the eight participating teams feature prominently in it and not much separates the top players in the fray.

The top three batsmen in ODI rankings include - South Africa's AB de Villiers with 874 points, Australia's David Warner marginally short of the first position with 871, and Virat Kohli with 852. En route to this landmark Hashim Amla took just 151 innings and thereby broke Virat Kohli's record (who reached 7000 runs in 166 innings).

South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada believes the Proteas can win the Champions Trophy, which starts in the United Kingdom on Thursday, because of the talent they possess in their squad.

Kagiso Rabada, South Africa's 22-year-old pace sensation, has leapfrogged team-mate Imran Tahir to become the No. 1 ODI bowler in the world.

England skipper Eoin Morgan's performance in three match series has seem him rise five spots to 17th while Liam Plunkett broke into the top 20 as well and is positioned 16th in the rankings for bowlers.

In the all-rounders' list led by Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan, there are three players from England in the top 10.

England had taken the opening two matches to secure the series with one game to play but they were unable to make it 3-0 going into the ICC Champions Trophy as their batting collapsed in spectacular fashion.

India with 117 points is placed at the third position while New Zealand with 114 and England with 112 points are at the fourth and fifth place.

Australia and India have a great chance of overtaking South Africa in the rankings if they manage to win all their league matches with South Africa losing all three of them.

South Africa, Australia, India and New Zealand have all won this prestigious tournament in the past while last time's finalist England will be hoping to do one better in home conditions and with the confidence of the series win over South Africa.

Champions Trophy is also a huge opportunity for Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka to improve their rankings as England and seven other top-ranked sides will be directly qualified for ICC World Cup 2019.

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