India continiue to lead the top positions in the latest ICC ODI rankings released on Monday, with skipper Virat Kohli and pacer Jasprit Bumrah being the respective No. 1 batsman and bowler.Kohli lead the batsman’s list with 884 points while his deputy Rohit Sharma with 842 ranking points still in second position.The other Indian batsman in the top-10 is Shikhar Dhawan, who is placed fifth in the list with 802 points.READ – Virat Kohli’s fierce thoughtfulness could become tyrannical: Mike BrearleyAmong the bowlers, death overs specialist Bumrah with 797 points is on top while left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav with 700 points is third in the list.Afghanistan star Rashid Khan is second with 788 points while leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal (11th position) is knocking on the doors for a top-10 entry.In the team ranking, India are currently placed second with 122 points behind England’s 127.The top team ranking will potentially be up for the taking depending on how the Sri Lanka and England series pans out.READ – At times lack of experience shows: Sunil Gavaskar on Virat Kohli’s captaincyIn the England versus Sri Lanka series, which starts in Dambulla on October 10, England will have to win the series to retain their number-one ranking. Their failure to win the series, will give India a sniff at the top spot when they will take on the West Indies in a 5-ODI series from October 21.However, if both England and India win all their matches in the upcoming series against Sri Lanka and the West Indies, then they will gain a point each to finish on 128 and 123 points respectively, thus retaining a difference of five points.advertisementBangladesh will also have an opportunity to add another point to their tally when they will feature in a 3-ODI series against Zimbabwe from October 20.The only way Bangladesh can drop behind Sri Lanka in eighth position is if Zimbabwe and England win 3-0 and 5-0, respectively.(With inputs from PTI)
zoom Despite a difficult tanker market Greek tanker shipping company Tsakos Energy Navigation (TEN) ended the year in the black with a net income of USD 20.4 million.However, the full-year profit is halved when compared to 2016 when TEN’s net income stood at USD 55.7 million.Gross revenue amounted to USD 529.2 million, a 9.8 pct increase over 2016, due to the increase of the fleet by seven new vessels on long-term contracts.During the fourth quarter, net income came at USD 2.7 million while gross revenues reached USD 134.5 million, a 2.9 pct increase year-on-year.During the quarter, the vessels on time charter contracts generated USD 90.5 million gross revenue, enough to cover all the operating, overhead and finance costs of the whole fleet, while vessels on spot charters contributed an additional USD 21 million of revenue, TEN said.“As we enter our 25th year, we are proud to report profits in such a challenging environment. TEN’s tried and tested strategy of providing downside protection while allowing for the flexibility to capture rate hikes, has proved effective once again. The markets are gradually positioning for an upturn and TEN is well placed to reap those rewards as they will occur,” Nikolas P. Tsakos, President and CEO of TEN, commented.2018 started with TEN operating the largest fleet in its 25-year history, 77 pct of which secured contracts averaging 2.7 years with minimum secured revenues of USD 1.3 billion, TEN said.Namely, in the fourth quarter of the year, the company completed its 15-vessel newbuilding program. The tanker owner also sold two 2005-built Suezmax tankers through a sale and leaseback transaction generating USD 15.6 million of free cash.TEN’s fleet currently stands at 65 ships, of which 47 vessels trade in crude, 13 in products, three are shuttle tankers and two are LNG carriers.