South Africa breathing down India's neck
Dale Steyn achieves career-best ranking after man of the match performance in Nagpur; Southee breaks into top 20 after climbing 23 places
South Africa’s thrilling three-wicket victory over India in a Group B match in Nagpur in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 has helped it join the 1983 world champion on 118 ratings points in the Reliance ICC ODI Championship which has been updated after the Bangladesh v Netherlands match played in Chittagong earlier today.
Victory for Graeme Smith’s team earned it two ratings points while India lost one point. However, Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s side is still ranked just ahead of Graeme Smith’s side in second place by a fraction of a point.
While joining India, South Africa leapfrogged Sri Lanka which is just one point behind in fourth position. With the three teams playing this week (South Africa against Ireland, Sri Lanka against New Zealand and India against the West Indies), the ODI Championship table is likely to be reshuffled again, depending on how these three teams perform.
Australia continues to dominate the table, sitting pretty on 131 ratings points while fifth-ranked England has dropped two ratings points following its two-wicket defeat against Bangladesh in Chittagong last week.
In the Reliance Player ICC Rankings for ODI batsmen, South Africa’s Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers continue to occupy the top two positions while Australia’s Michael Hussey has moved into third position, swapping place with India’s Virat Kohli who has slipped to fourth position.
Others making progress in the right direction, since the start of the tournament on 19 February, are Tillakaratne Dilshan (fifth), Virender Sehwag (eighth), Sachin Tendulkar (ninth), Shane Watson (10th), Jonathan Trott (11th) and Andrew Strauss (16th) while batsmen losing ground include Dhoni (sixth), Gautam Gambhir (13th), Chris Gayle (14th), Jacques Kallis (15th), Ricky Ponting (17th), Graeme Smith and JP Duminy (joint-18th) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (20th).
Some of the big movers outside the top 20 are Ross Taylor in 21st (up by five places), Ryan ten Doeschate in 26th (up by six places), Upul Tharanga in 28th (up by six places), Martin Guptill in 30th (up by nine places), Brendon McCullum in 31st (up by four places), Brendon Taylor in 33rd (up by five places), Umar Akmal in 37th (up by five places), Misbah-ul-Haq in 39th (up by five places), Kevin O’Brien in 42nd (up by 14 places) and Imrul Kayes in 48th (up by 10 places).
In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers, South Africa’s Dale Steyn has achieved a career-best ranking. He has jumped five places to third position after splendid figures of 5-50 against India in Nagpur last Saturday which later earned him the man of the match award.
Steyn’s jump means South Africa now has two bowlers in the top three with Morne Morkel occupying second position, 37 ratings points behind top-ranked Daniel Vettori of New Zealand.
England’s Graeme Swann has also improved his ranking and is now in fourth position while Australia’s fast bowler Mitchell Johnson is on a charge, vaulting 11 places to sixth spot.
Apart from Johnson, there are eight other bowlers who make improved their rankings in double figures since the start of ICC’s flagship event.
Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi has climbed 12 places to 11th position, Tim Southee has rocketed 23 places to a career-best 17th position, Umar Gul has jumped 10th places to 22nd position, Shaun Tait is now in 27th spot after rising 10 places, Tim Bresnan has joined Shane Watson and Munaf Patel in 32nd spot after lifting 10 places, Sulieman Benn has jumped 18th places to 37th spot and his West Indies team-mate Kemar Roach has rocketed 40 places to 45th position.
There is no change in the top four of the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI all-rounders with Shakib Al Hasan still leading the field.
For information relating to the latest Reliance ICC ODI Player Rankings go to www.relianceiccrankings.com
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