It is a moment of pride for every cricketer if he gets the position in the top 10 list of rankings generated by the International Cricket Council. To end a cricketing year as the top-rated batsmen in the ODI format is the most dreamt wish of every batsman in the world.
However, it is not everyone’s cup of tea to be the best ODI batsman of the year as it demands lots of dedication and consistency. But, there have been various cricketers also who have maintained this position for more than a year. Some of the best examples include Virat Kohli and Hashim Amla.
There are a lot of legends who have achieved this unique record of finishing at the top of the ICC ODI rankings for multiple years. The top 5 players from the list are:
(Note: This list considers the ICC Player Rankings from 2005)
#5 Ricky Ponting (2005 and 2007)
Ricky Ponting has been known as a revolutionist for Australian cricket since his debut. Ricky has played the role of a cornerstone in building the mighty Australian team, which was almost unbeatable during his leadership. He gifted players like Steve Smith and David Warner to Australian cricket after his retirement.
Ricky Ponting in his era was the best-rated ODI batsman in the world. He topped the list of ICC ODI batsman rankings multiple times. The year 2005 and 2007 were the best years for him as he stood at the pinnacle as a batsman in those years.
Ultimately he retired from international cricket in the year 2012 with 13,704 international ODI runs in his name.