Hafeez to the fore as Pakistan's ODI bowlers dominate at the top

Rankings progress too for Ashwin, Virat, Rohit and Rampaul

Pakistan players now occupy the top two positions in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers after a strong performance from Mohammad Hafeez in the recent three-match series in Bangladesh.

The 31-year-old gains six places in the latest rankings and now sits just 19 ratings points behind team-mate Saeed Ajmal, who heads the list.

Hafeez took six wickets in the series at an average of just 8.16 and an economy-rate of less than two runs per over making him the pick of an impressive bunch. Ajmal did enough to stay top of the world rankings with series figures of 4-52.

There were also gains for Umar Gul, who rose three places to 26th position, and Shoaib Malik, who gained 35 places to 82nd in the world.

Hafeez’s bowling, coupled with some good support with the bat down the order, has earned him one place on the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI all-rounders and he now occupies second position, having overtaken Australia’s Shane Watson. He is just 13 ratings points behind leader Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh.

Despite losing the series 3-0, Shakib was his usual competitive self and his series figures of 4-90 earned him three places on the bowling rankings as he moves to seventh overall.

For India, R Ashwin has broken into the top 20 of the bowling charts for the first time in his career. With two matches remaining in the ongoing series with the West Indies, the 25-year-old from Chennai has gained three places and moves up to 18th position in the rankings.

There is also good progress for Ravi Rampaul in the bowling rankings (up one place to 13th), while in the batting list those moving up include Lendl Simmons (up five spots to 25th), Darren Bravo (up 15 to 54th) and Andre Russell (up 34 to 76th). For India, Virat Kohli (up one place to fourth) and Rohit Sharma (up 21 places to 35th) also improve. However, Gautam Gambhir loses seven places in the latest rankings to 19th position and is now level with South Africa’s JP Duminy.

ICC One-Day Rankings (as of 7 December, after Bangladesh v Pakistan series)

Batsmen

Rank +/- Players Team Points Ave HS Rating
1 - Hashim Amla SA 845 55.17 890 v Ind at Centurion 2011
2 - AB de Villiers SA 792 45.68 823 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2010
3 - Jonathan Trott ENG 778* 51.37 786 v Ind at Mumbai 2011
4 = -1 MS Dhoni  IND 766 51.15  837 v Aus at Delhi 2009
  +1 Virat Kohli IND 766 45.95 804 v Ban at Mirpur 2011
6 -1 Shane Watson AUS 759 43.15 776 v SL at Hambantota 2011
7 - K Sangakkara SL 752 38.01 758 v Aus at Hambantota 2011
8 - Mike Hussey AUS 714 51.17 865 v NZ at Perth 2007
9 - Michael Clarke AUS 717 45.35 751 v SL at Melbourne 2008
10 +1 Umar Akmal PAK 704 ! 39.22 704 v Ban at Chittagong 2011
11 -1 Jacques Kallis SA 701 45.48 818 v WI at Johannesburg 2004
12 = +1 Ricky Ponting AUS 675 42.63 831 v NZ at Hobart 2007
  +1 T Dilshan SL 675 34.75 766 v NZ at Colombo (RPS) 2011
14 +1 M Jayawardene SL 669 33.53 742 v WI at Colombo (RPS) 2001
15 -2 Ross Taylor NZ 668 37.47 698 v Aus at Adelaide 2009
16 +2 Brendan Taylor ZIM 656 ! 34.65 656 v NZ at Bulawayo 2011
17 +2 R ten Doeschate NET 653* 67.00 666 v Ire at Kolkata 2011
18 -1 Sachin Tendulkar IND 651 45.16 887 v Zim at Sharjah 1998
19 = -7 Gautam Gambhir IND 650 40.20 723 v NZ at Vadodara 2010
  +2 JP Duminy SA 650 40.87 673 v Net at Mohali 2011

 

Bowlers

Rank +/- Player Team Points Ave Econ HS Rating
1 - Saeed Ajmal PAK 737 ! 24.65 4.09 737 v Ban at Chittagong 2011
2 +6 Mohammad Hafeez PAK 718 ! 33.14 4.13 718 v Ban at Chittagong 2011
3 -1 Daniel Vettori NZ 691 31.48 4.12 789 v Eng at Christchurch 2008
4 -1 Graeme Swann ENG 689 25.43 4.49 735 v Ind at Hyderabad 2011
5 -1 Mitchell Johnson AUS 688 25.22 4.85 729 v Ban at Darwin 2008
6 -1 Morne Morkel SA 678 23.87 4.86 704 v Ind at Centurion 2011
7 +3 Shakib Al Hasan BAN 662 28.68 426 717 v Zim at Chittagong 2009
8 -2 Doug Bollinger AUS 660* 23.90 4.57 676 v Eng at Hobart 2011
9 = -2 Shahid Afridi PAK 644 33.27 4.60 673 v Ban at Mirpur 2011
  - Dale Steyn SA 644 27.75 5.14 668 v Ind at Nagpur 2011
11 - Lasith Malinga SL 637 25.15 4.91 679 v Ban at Colombo (RPS) 2007
12 - Ray Price ZIM 636 35.07 3.85 722 v WI at Guyana 2010
13 +1 Ravi Rampaul WI 631 ! 28.67 4.98 631 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2011
14 -1 L Tsotsobe SA 628* 20.39 4.57 655 v Ban at Mirpur 2011
15 -1 Jacob Oram NZ 624 29.02 4.35 770 v Aus at The Oval 2004
16 - Brett Lee AUS 622 22.89 4.70 853 v SA at Melbourne 2006
17 - Kyle Mills NZ 621 26.18 4.71 723 v Aus at Melbourne 2009
18 +3 R Ashwin IND 620* ! 26.23 4.72 620 v WI at Ahmedabad 2011
19 -1 James Anderson ENG 618 30.89 5.04 700 v Ban at Dhaka 2003
20 -1 Johan Botha SA 616 40.67 4.58 665 v Aus at Centurion 2009

 

All Rounders

Rank +/- Players Team Points HS Rating
1 - Shakib Al Hasan BAN 420 453 v Zim at Chittagong 2009
2 +1 Mohammad Hafeez PAK 407 ! 407 v Ban at Chittagong 2011
3 -1 Shane Watson AUS 405 429 v SL at Kandy 2011
4 - Shahid Afridi PAK 370 383 v Ban at Mirpur 2011
5 - Jacques Kallis SA 352 506 v WI at Barbados 2001

 

* Indicates a provisional rating.

 

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