ICC Rankings: Saeed Ajmal at 3rd place in bowlers’ category; Misbah captures 12th spot among batsmen

31 Mar, 2015 2:12 pm

LAHORE (92 News) – Australia’s Mitchell Starc has surged to the top of the International Cricket Council Rankings for ODI bowlers for the first time in his career following stellar performance in the Cricket World Cup 2015 that also fetched him the Player of the tournament award.

According to a press release issued by the ICC on Tuesday, the 25-year-old left-arm fast bowler finished ICC’s pinnacle 50-over tournament as joint-leading wicket-taker with New Zealand’s Trent Boult with 22 wickets, including two for 20 in eight overs in the final against New Zealand. This performance has helped Starc to rise two places and claim the number-one position for the first time.

Starc had entered the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 in seventh position and during the course of the tournament, he gained 147 ratings points. He currently sits on 783 rating points, which is also his career-best rating and was achieved during the final played in front of over 93,000 spectators.

Boult has also made gains in the latest rankings following his excellent run in the tournament. The left-arm fast bowler has vaulted nine places to jump to career-high sixth position — a place he shares with Australia’s Mitchell Johnson, who has also moved up by two places.

South Africa’s wrist spinner Imran Tahir has also finished the series in a career-best second position. Tahir had started in 11th position and has leapfrogged nine places, thanks to his 15 wickets in eight matches.

Australia’s James Faulkner, who was adjudged the player of the final, has also made an upward movement along with India’s Umesh Yadav.

Yadav has broken into the top 20 for the first time in his career following his 15 wickets in the series, including four for 72 in the semi-final against Australia. Yadav has rocketed 16 places to join England’s James Tredwell in 18th position.

Faulkner’s 10 wickets in the series has put him climb 12 positions to a career-high 23rd position with a career-high 585 ratings points, which he gained in the final against New Zealand.

In the ICC Player Rankings for ODI Batsmen, South Africa captain AB de Villiers has become the 11th batsman overall, and second South African after Hashim Amla, to break the 900-point mark. In ranking terms, 900 points marks out a player as truly great.

De Villiers achieved the milestone during the semi-final against New Zealand when he scored 65 not out. He is now eighth on the list behind Viv Richards (935), Zaheer Abbas (931), Greg Chappell (921), David Gower (919), Dean Jones (918), Javed Miandad (910) and Brian Lara (908). Desmond Haynes (900) completes the tally of 11 batsmen.
There is no change in the top five batsmen but the biggest movers in the latest rankings are Steven Smith and Martin Guptill, who were on Monday named in the Team of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

Smith finished the series with 402 runs with one century and four half-centuries, while Guptill belted the highest World Cup individual score to date while scoring 237 not out on the way to finishing as the leading run-getter with 547 runs. As a result, Smith has jumped 19 places to a career-high 12th position, while Guptill has finished in 22nd place after rising 12 places.

India opener Rohit Sharma has also headed in the right direction after achieving a career-best ranking of 12th. Rohit scored 330 runs in the series for which he has been rewarded with a jump of seven places.

The curtain fell on the ODI careers of Michael Clarke, Brendan Taylor, Misbahul Haq, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene. Clarke finished his career in 29th spot (up by three places), Taylor 20th (down by four places), Misbah in 12th (up by one place), Sangakkara (second) and Jayawardene 34th (down by five places).


In the ICC Player Rankings for ODI All-rounders, Tillakaratne Dilshan has retained his top spot, followed by Shakib Al-Hasan of Bangladesh. The only change in the top 10 was the entry of South Africa’s JP Duminy, who has moved up four places to ninth spot.

Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi has signed off on his ODI career as sixth ranked all-rounder. In the batting chart, he was 44th while 30th in the bowling table.

ICC ODI TEAM RANKINGS
Rank          Team Ratings         points
1                  Australia                       122
2                  India                              116
3                  South Africa                112
4                  Sri Lanka                     108
5                  New Zealand              107
6                  England                       101
7                  Pakistan                      95
8                  West Indies               92
9                  Bangladesh               76
10                Zimbabwe                 50
11                 Ireland                      44
12                Afghanistan            38

Batsmen

Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Points    Ave         HS Rating
1           ( – )          AB de Villiers        SA           902!       53.65     902 v NZ at Auckland 2015
2           ( – )          K Sangakkara      SL           860         41.98     861 v Sco at Hobart 2015
3           ( – )          Hashim Amla       SA           828         55.26     901 v Eng at Trent Bridge 2012
4           ( – )          Virat Kohli            Ind          822         51.47     886 v Ban at Fatullah 2014
5           ( – )          T. Dilshan              SL           793         39.65     802 v Sco at Hobart 2015
6           (+1)         Shikhar Dhawan  Ind          756         43.98     794 v SA at Melbourne 2015
7           (-1)          Kane Williamson NZ          733         44.76     789 v Aus at Auckland 2015
8           ( – )          MS Dhoni              Ind          731         52.46     836 v Aus at Delhi 2009
9           ( – )          Glenn Maxwell     Aus         720         35.05     724 v Pak at Adelaide 2015
10         ( – )          George Bailey       Aus         697         42.02     867 v SA at Harare 2014
11         ( – )          Ross Taylor          NZ          691         41.40     722 v Pak at Napier 2015
12=       (+1)         Misbah-ul-Haq    Pak         685         43.40     744 v SL at Fatullah 2014
(+7)         Rohit Sharma       Ind          685         39.43     686 v Ban at Melbourne 2015
(+19)      Steven Smith        Aus         685!       40.76     685 v NZ at Melbourne 2015
15         (-3)          Aaron Finch          Aus         684         36.74     743 v Eng at Melbourne 2015
16         (+2)         Quinton de Kock SA           670         38.83     749 v Aus at Sydney 2014
17         (-3)          Joe Root                Eng         667         40.04     688 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2014
18=       (-3)          Angelo Mathews  SL           661         40.24     707 v Eng at Colombo (RPS) 2014
(+3)         Faf du Plessis        SA           661         36.60     703 v NZ at Bay Oval 2014
20         (-4)          Brendan Taylor   Zim         659         34.82     667 v NZ at Napier 2012
21         (-4)          Suresh Raina        Ind          653         36.16     669 v Eng at Dharamsala 2013
22         (+12)      Martin Guptill       NZ          649         39.77     684 v Zim at Napier 2012
23         (-3)          B. McCullum        NZ          648         30.56     685 v Eng at Auckland 2013
24         (+4)         David Miller          SA           635!       38.06     635 v NZ at Auckland 2015
25         ( – )          Shane Watson      Aus         634         40.61     773 v SL at Hambantota 2011
26         (-4)          Jos Buttler             Eng         631         32.00     633 v Ind at Perth 2015
27         (-2)          David Warner       Aus         630         34.69     634 v Afg at Perth 2015
28         (-5)          Ian Bell                  Eng         629        37.87     702 v Ind at Edgbaston 2007
29         (+3)         Michael Clarke    Aus         621         44.58     750 v SL at Melbourne 2008
30         (-3)          M. Rahim              Ban        619         30.00     627 v Eng at Adelaide 2015

Bowlers

Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Points    Ave         HS Rating
1           (+2)         Mitchell Starc       Aus         783!       18.33     4.70       783 v NZ at Melbourne 2015
2           (+3)         Imran Tahir          SA           734*      20.51     4.35       735 v SL at Sydney 2015
3           (-2)          Saeed Ajmal         Pak         718         22.18     4.13       810 v SA at Centurion 2013
4           (-2)          Dale Steyn            SA           717         25.57     4.81       746 v Ind at Durban 2013
5           (-1)          Sunil Narine          WI          709         26.49     4.10       791 v SL at Jamaica 2013
6=        (+2)         Mitchell Johnson Aus         693         25.26     4.83       724 v Ban at Darwin 2008
(+9)         Trent Boult           NZ          693*!    25.00     4.57       693 v Aus at Melbourne 2015
8           (-2)          James Anderson  Eng         670         29.22     4.92       719 v SA at The Oval 2013
9           (+1)         Morne Morkel      SA           666         23.98     4.90       717 v SL at East London 2012
10         (-3)          Shakib Al Hasan Ban        659         28.31     4.30       717 v Zim at Chittagong 2009
11         ( – )          M. Shami              Ind          638         24.89     5.54       654 v Ban at Melbourne 2015
12         (-3)          Daniel Vettori       NZ          636         31.71     4.12       788 v Eng at Durham 2008
13         (-1)          M. Irfan                 Pak         631         29.10     4.86       641 v UAE at Napier 2015
14         (+3)         R. Ashwin              Ind          621         31.93     4.85       691 v SL at Hambantota 2012
15         (-1)          Rangana Herath  SL           615         31.91     4.41       703 v SA at Pallekele 2013
16         ( – )          M. Hafeez             Pak         607         35.01     4.06       769 v Ind at Kolkata 2013
17         (+3)         Steven Finn           Eng         600         28.09     4.99       755 v NZ at Auckland 2013
18=       (+3)         James Tredwell    Eng         599         27.76     4.75       646 v SL at Pallekele 2014
(+16)      Umesh Yadav      Ind          599         31.44     5.74       600 v Ban at Melbourne 2015
20         (-2)          B. Kumar              Ind          598         36.76     4.61       657 v WI at Dharamsala 2014
21         (-2)          Ravindra Jadeja  Ind          594         33.19     4.84       738 v Zim at Bulawayo 2013
22         (-9)          Tim Southee         NZ          586         31.02     5.27       638 v Eng at Wellington 2015
23=       (+12)      James Faulkner    Aus         585!       30.25     5.52       585 v NZ at Melbourne 2015
(-1)          Clint McKay         Aus         585         24.37     4.78       709 v Eng at Cardiff 2013
25         ( – )          S. Senanayake     SL           582         35.97     4.74       656 v NZ at Christchurch 2015
26         (-4)          M. Mortaza          Ban        581         30.71     4.70       653 v Zim at Mirpur 2009
27         (-3)          Kyle Mills              NZ          578         27.02     4.72       722 v Aus at Melbourne 2009
28         ( – )          Angelo Mathews  SL           572         34.77     4.58       649 v Ind at Trinidad 2013
29         (-2)          Lasith Malinga     SL           570         27.31     5.23       675 v Ban at Colombo (RPS) 2007
30         (-4)          Shahid Afridi        Pak         568         34.51     4.62       673 v Ban at Mirpur 2011

All-rounders

Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Points    HS Rating
1           ( – )          T. Dilshan              SL           404        415 v Sco at Hobart 2015
2           ( – )          S. Al Hasan           Ban        388        453 v Zim at Chittagong 2009
3           ( – )          Angelo Mathews  SL           378        427 v Eng at Colombo (RPS) 2014
4           ( – )          M. Hafeez             Pak         368        438 v Ind at Kolkata 2013
5           ( – )          James Faulkner    Aus         361*/ !  361 v NZ at Melbourne 2015
6           ( – )          Shahid Afridi        Pak         321        383 v Ban at Mirpur 2011
7           ( – )          Glenn Maxwell     Aus         318/*!   318 v NZ at Melbourne 2015
8           (-1)          Ravindra Jadeja  Ind          298        378 v Eng at Edgbaston 2013
9           (+4)         JP Duminy            SA           267        270 v NZ at Bay Oval 2014
10         (-1)          Shane Watson      Aus         266        433 v WI at St Lucia 2012

 




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