South Africa’s Imran Tahir becomes second-ranked ODI bowler; Pakistan retains 8th position

27 Aug, 2015 7:49 pm

DUBAI – South Africa has benefitted the most following its 2-1 success over New Zealand in the just-concluded series as it has claimed third position on the ICC ODI Rankings, while its wrist-spinner Imran Tahir has returned into the top three of the ICC Player Rankings for ODI Bowlers, said an ICC press release.

In the series between the third and fourth-ranked sides, South Africa had started on 109 points as compared to New Zealand’s 110 points. However, the 2-1 series win means South Africa has moved to third on 110 points while New Zealand has dropped to fourth on 109 points.

Imran Tahir, who started the series in fifth spot, has returned to the top three in second place after rising three places following his five wickets in the series. While forcing his way up the order, Imran has pushed his team-mate and former world number-two Dale Steyn into fifth position (down by one spot).

New Zealand’s Adam Milne and David Wiese of South Africa, who also finished with Imran Tahir as the joint-leading wicket-takers, have made impressive gains. Milne has vaulted 30 places to 43rd in the latest rankings, which were released on Thursday morning, while Wiese has entered in 232nd spot.

In the ICC Player Rankings for ODI Batsmen, top-scorer Tom Latham is the biggest mover. The left-handed opener’s series contribution of 178 runs has helped him lift 32 places to 74th.

However it is Latham’s opening partner Martin Guptill who has achieved a career-best ranking of 14th. The right-handed batsman scored 138 runs, including 103 not out in the second ODI in Potchefstroom, which has vaulted him four places. Guptill is the third New Zealand batsman to feature inside the top 15 after Kane Williamson (fifth) and Ross Taylor (eighth).

AB de Villiers has retained his number-one position on the table but third-ranked Hashim Amla has been able to reduce the gap from 83 points to 45 points following his series contribution of 176 runs as compared to de Villiers’ 104 runs in three matches. Amla will move into second position when the Kumar Sangakkara is removed from the list in the next update.

ICC ODI Team Rankings (as on August 27, after South Africa-New Zealand ODI series)

1.     Australia                     129
2.     India                            115
3.     South Africa               110
4.     New Zealand               109
5.     Sri Lanka                    103
6.     England                       98
7.     Bangladesh                 96
8.     Pakistan                      90
9.     West Indies                 88
10.  Ireland                         50
11.  Zimbabwe                   45
12.  Afghanistan                41

ICC ODI Player Rankings (as on August 27, after South Africa-New Zealand ODI series)

Batsmen

Rank     (+/-)       Player                  Team     Points    Ave        HS Rating
1         ( – )        AB de Villiers               SA         884        53.27      902 v NZ at Auckland 2015
2         ( – )        K. Sangakkara            SL          839        41.98      861 v Sco at Hobart 2015
3         ( – )        Hashim Amla             SA         811        54.30       901 v Eng at Trent Bridge 2012
4         (+1)       Virat Kohli                  Ind         790        50.66      886 v Ban at Fatullah 2014
5         (-1)        Kane Williamson      NZ         788        48.02      798 v SA at Centurion 2015
6         ( – )        T. Dilshan                   SL          781        39.71       802 v Sco at Hobart 2015
7         ( – )        Shikhar Dhawan      Ind         765        44.41       794 v SA at Melbourne 2015
8         ( – )        Ross Taylor                NZ         728        43.91       743 v Zim at Harare 2015
9         ( – )        MS Dhoni                   Ind         723        52.24      836 v Aus at Delhi 2009
10        ( – )        Glenn Maxwell        Aus        720        35.05      724 v Pak at Adelaide 2015


Selected Rankings

Rank     (+/-)       Player                  Team     Points    Ave        HS Rating
15        (+4)       Martin Guptill          NZ         678        41.16          688 v SA at Potchefstroom 2015
28        (-2)        David Miller             SA         612        36.35          635 v Ban at Mirpur 2015
47        (-3)        Grant Elliott             NZ         548        35.15         557 v Zim at Harare 2015
61        (+11)     Rilee Rossouw         SA         514*     35.91            522 v NZ at Potchefstroom 2015
74         (+32)     Tom Latham            NZ         480*!    31.53          480 v SA at Durban 2015

Bowlers

Rank     (+/-)       Player                  Team     Points    Ave        HS Rating
1          ( – )        Mitchell Starc             Aus        783!      18.33    783 v NZ at Melbourne 2015
2         (+3)       Imran Tahir               SA         723        21.67    735 v SL at Sydney 2015
3         ( – )        Sunil Narine              WI         709        26.49    791 v SL at Jamaica 2013
4         (-2)        Trent Boult                 NZ         705*     24.08    738 v Eng at The Oval 2015
5         (-1)        Dale Steyn                  SA         694        25.89    746 v Ind at Durban 2013
6         ( – )        Mitchell Johnson   Aus        693        25.26    724 v Ban at Darwin 2008
7         ( – )        Shakib Al Hasan    Ban        690        28.35    717 v Zim at Chittagong 2009
8         ( – )        Saeed Ajmal             Pak        665        22.73    810 v SA at Centurion 2013
9         ( – )        James Anderson    Eng        650        29.22    719 v SA at The Oval 2013
10        (+1)       R. Ashwin               Ind         644        31.40    691 v SL at Hambantota 2012

Selected Rankings

Rank     (+/-)       Player                  Team     Points    Ave        HS Rating
42        (-3)        M. McClenaghan    NZ         500        28.97    603 v SL at Christchurch 2015
43        (+30)     Adam Milne             NZ         495*!    38.75    495 v SA at Durban 2015
52        (-8)        N. McCullum           NZ         483        46.92    571 v Ind at Wellington 2014
73        (+10)     Aaron Phangiso     SA         434*     38.12    436 v NZ at Potchefstroom 2015

All-rounders

Rank     (+/-)       Player                  Team     Points    HS Rating
1         ( – )        Shakib Al Hasan    Ban        418       453 v Zim at Chittagong 2009
2         ( – )        T. Dilshan                SL          379       415 v Sco at Hobart 2015
3         ( – )        Angelo Mathews    SL          375       427 v Eng at Colombo (RPS) 201

*indicates provisional rating; a batsman qualifies for a full rating after a minimum of 40 started innings; a bowler qualifies for a full rating after he has conceded 1,500 runs.

!indicates career-highest rating




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