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5 Indian cricketers who surprisingly never became number 1 in ICC Rankings of any format

Attaining the number one position in ICC Rankings of any format is the goal of many cricketers. The ICC has nine categories for rankings.

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Attaining the number one position in ICC Rankings of any format is the goal of many cricketers. The ICC has nine categories for rankings. The three major categories are batters, bowlers and all-rounders, and they are further subdivided into Tests, ODIs and T20Is.

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Quite a few Indian cricketers have achieved the number one ranking on the leaderboard. Some even accomplished the feat in multiple formats, but there are some extremely successful Indian players who never achieved this ranking in even one format. Here are five such big names.

1. Rohit Sharma is yet to achieve number 1 position in ICC Rankings

Despite owning so many records in ODIs and T20Is, Indian captain Rohit Sharma has never reached the pole position in any format. Sharma is currently ranked fourth in the ODI Rankings for Batters.

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2. Yuvraj Singh never became number 1 in ICC Rankings

The hero of India’s 2007 and 2011 T20 World Cup wins, Yuvraj Singh never became world number one in any format. Interestingly, Singh didn’t top the rankings for all-rounders as well.

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3. Harbhajan Singh

Another member of India’s 2007 and 2011 World Cup winning squads to feature on the list is Harbhajan Singh. The right-arm off-spinner didn’t top the rankings in any of the three formats.

4. Zaheer Khan

Zaheer Khan was India’s main fast bowler during his prime. He achieved so much success in ODIs and Tests, but the left-arm pacer never made it to the helm of the bowlers’ rankings.

5. Anil Kumble

Anil Kumble was the lead leg-spinner of Team India for many years. He even took 10 wickets in an innings against Pakistan in 1999, but somehow, Kumble never became the world number one bowler.

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