Wednesday, February 25, 2009

ICC World Cricket Ranking for Batsmen and Bowlers

ICC has recently updated its world ranking. There are some changes in both batting and bowling rankings of both forms of cricket: Test and ODI. Here, I am writing about these changes of both batting and bowling rankings of both test and ODI cricket:

ICC Test Ranking for Batsmen

There is no change in the top two places of top ten test batsmen list as Shivnarine Chanderpaul, former captain of West Indies cricket team, and Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakara still sit at the first and second positions in the list. However, the different between the top two test batsmen have been decreased as Chanderpaul’s rating has been dropped to 879 from his previous rating of 892. Sangakara’s ranking remains same at 859. With same rating of 825, Michael Clarke rose from 4th place to 3rd place because of South African batsman Kevin Pietersen, who previously held the third place with 830 rating, but has now been dropped to fifth place with 812 rating.

Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene moved up into 4th place with same rating of 819 as Pietersen dropped in the list. There is no other change in the top ten test batsmen’s list with Ricky Ponting, Younis Khan, Graeme Smith, Gautam Gambhir and Michael Hussey securing from no.6 to no. 10 places respectively with same rating. Outside top ten, there are two notable changes with Ramnaresh Sarwan sharing no. 14 place with England captain Andrew Strauss, moving up by 7 places. Strauss also jumped 3 placed to reach 14. West Indies captain Chris Gayle dropped by 2 spots to 16. Alongside ninth placed Gautam Gambhir, there are two more Indian batsmen in the top 20: Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman, both sharing the 17th place.

ICC ODI Ranking for Batsmen

Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni still holds the top spot of top ten ODI batsmen list with an improved rating of 809, 11 ratings up from second-placed Michael Hussey who improved his rating from 783 to 798. Yuvraj Singh moved up to third pale, improving his rating by 14 points, while Chris Gayle dropped by two spots to fourth place with same rating point of 783, because of significant improvement of Hussey and Yuvraj. Chanderpaul and Graeme Smith hold on to 5th and 6th places respectively with no change in their rating.

However, Australian captain Ricky Ponting, who previously held the no. 7 position, has been dropped to the 10th position, having lost 25 rating points. Pietersen remains at the 7th spot with same rating point. Eighth and ninth places are secured by Mohammad Yousuf and A.B. de Villiers, both of them moving up by one spot without having any change in their rating point. Outside top ten, Andrew Symonds dropped by 3 places to 18th, while Gibbs and Ross Taylor improved by two and one place respectively and are sharing the 16th place respectively. Alongside Dhoni and Yuvraj, who are in the top ten, India has two more batsmen in the top 20 with Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag securing the 12th and 15th spots respectively.

ICC Test Ranking for Bowlers

There is no change in the top nine spots of the top ten list for test bowlers. Sri Lankan off spinner Muttiah Muralitharan is leading the test bowlers’ ranking with a considerable distance with 887 rating points. Dale Steyn secures the second place with 844 rating points, followed by two Australians Stuart Clark and Mitchell Johnson in the third and fourth places. South African pacer Makhaya Ntini holds on to his previously held 5th place, followed by West Indies pacer Jerome Taylor, English pacer Ryan Sidebottom, Sri Lankan pacer Chaminda Vaas and Indian off spinner Harbhajan Singh. Brett Lee secures the 10th place, moving up a place to replace Shoaib Akhtar.

Outside top ten, Ajantha Mendis and Umar Gul entered into the top 20, while Andrew Flintoff, Danish Kaneria, James Andersen, Jacques Kallis and Monty Panesar all improved within the no. 10 to no. 20 spots. West Indies pacer Fidel Edwards currently secures the 20th spot, moving up by 5 places because of his excellent bowling in the ongoing test series against England.

ICC ODI Ranking for Bowlers

New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori is still leading the top ten ODI bowlers’ list, but with a much-decreased rating point of 727, down from previous rating of 753. Sri Lankan pacer Nuwan Kulasekara moved up by 2 spots to no. 2 position with 724 rating points, up from previous rating of 714. Nathan Bracken, who previously held the second spot, has been dropped to fourth place as his rating points dropped from 730 to 700. Kyle Mills, New Zealand pacer, still holds on to the third place, despite dropping 4 rating points. Bangladesh’s left arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan lost the fifth spot to Sri Lankan spinner dropped to no. 6 position, losing the fifth place to Muttiah Muralitharan who moved up by a place.

English pacer Stuart Broad and Bangladeshi pacer Mashrafe Mortaza hold on to 7th and 8th places respectively without have any change in their rating points. Mitchell Johnson moved up by 2 spots to no. 10 position which he shared with Jerome Taylor. Outside top ten, young Australian all rounder James Hopes has been included in the top 20 at 18th place, moving up by 6 places. Except this, there is no other significant change from no. 11 to no. 20 spots.

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