Van Gerwen tops PDC Power Rankings!

Michael van Gerwen’s aura of invincibility in the world of darts may be diminishing, but the statistics show ‘The Green Machine’ is still a major force to be reckoned with.

The Dutchman relinquished his world No 1 spot last January, and he is without a TV ranking title since November 2020 – his longest drought for almost a decade.

The 32-year-old has made an underwhelming start to 2022; winning two of his five televised clashes in the Masters and Premier League, while advancing beyond the last 32 just once in four Players Championship events.

However, Van Gerwen has produced glimpses of his blistering best throughout recent weeks, and the latest numbers collated by PDC stats guru @ochepedia illustrate that no player has averaged more than MVG over their last 100 legs played.

World Championship runner-up Michael Smith is the only other player to boast an average of over 99 during the same period, with world champion Peter Wright, Premier League champion Jonny Clayton and world No 1 Gerwyn Price among the top five in the Power Rankings.

UK Open runner-up Luke Humphries, who captured his first senior PDC ranking title earlier this month, has climbed into the top ten along with Damon Heta, who performed magnificently in reaching Saturday’s Players Championship 3 showpiece in Wigan.

Masters champion Joe Cullen surprisingly finds himself in 13th position, despite scooping three of the five PDC titles on offer in 2022.

‘The Rockstar’ followed up his maiden televised triumph by claiming a coveted Players Championship double last weekend, and he’ll aim to extend his 14-match winning run when he plays Van Gerwen on Night Three of the Premier League in Belfast on Thursday.

Two-time world champion Gary Anderson and World Matchplay runner-up Dimitri Van den Bergh are among the top 16 in the Power Rankings, with European Champion Rob Cross in 17th.

Masters runner-up Dave Chisnall has climbed to 20th following some impressive performances in Wigan last weekend, while five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld finds himself in 25th position.

Northern Ireland’s Josh Rock has delivered some eye-catching displays since securing a PDC Tour Card in January, and the 20-year-old finds himself above Jose De Sousa and two-time world champion Adrian Lewis, who sit 29th and 30th respectively.

Image Credit: Taylor Lanning/PDC

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