Hafeez becomes number-one ranked all-rounder
08 January, 2013
LAHORE: Pakistan opener Nasir Jamshed has made the biggest move in the latest ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen. The latest rankings were released on Monday, a day after the conclusion of the three-ODI series between traditional rivals India and Pakistan.
Nasir has jumped 45 places to 31st spot, while India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has returned to the top five after putting up a consistent performance with the bat in the series, which was won by Pakistan by 2-1. In the ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers, Pakistan's duo of Saeed Ajmal and Junaid Khan have also made gains, while Mohammad Hafeez has now become the number-one ranked ODI all-rounder for the first time in his career.
Nasir was the top run-getter on either side with 241 runs, which included back-to-back centuries in Chennai and Kolkata. Nasir's exploits with the bat fetched him the Player of the Series award, and he achieved a career best ratings of 588 to reach 31st position. Dhoni's 203 runs from the three games have helped him move up two places to fourth in the batting table. Other batsmen to make upward movements include Suresh Raina in 26th (up by one) and Shoaib Malik in 78th (up by two), while Yuvraj Singh has re-entered the rankings in 41st position. The batting table is still headed by South Africa's Hashim Amla followed by teammate AB de Villiers in second place, with Virat Kohli moving down a place to third.
The three-match ODI series was the first series between the Asian neighbours in five years. Sunday's match in New Delhi, which was won by India by 10 runs, was watched by ICC Chief Executive David Richardson, who was thrilled with the match. He later said: “We must praise the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for making room in a very tight schedule to accommodate these iconic fixtures. There is no doubt that there is something special about the atmosphere when India and Pakistan meet and I am sure both the BCCI and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will do their best to ensure that these games remain, where possible, an integral part of the cricketing calendar in the years ahead.”
Number-one ranked bowler Saeed scalped eight wickets in the series at an average of 10.75, which has helped him achieve career-best rating of 801 points. Saeed has now became the third Pakistan bowler after Wasim Akram and Saqlain Mushtaq to break the 800-point barrier, which in ranking terms is the benchmark for top bowlers. Saeed's 801 points has put him in joint 25th position along with West Indies' Courtney Walsh in the ICC Best-Ever ODI Ratings.
Pakistan paceman Junaid, who was the joint-highest wicket-taker with Saeed with eight scalps, has been served with a rise of 62 places to 55th, which has helped him achieve his career-best rating of 466 during the series. Also moving up is India paceman Ishant Sharma, who has jumped 24 places to 72nd.
Meanwhile, Pakistan's T20 skipper Hafeez has claimed the number-one spot in the ICC Player Rankings for ODI all-rounders following his combined effort with the bat and the ball during the series. Hafeez struck 97 runs with the bat and took three wickets during the series. Hafeez has moved up three places to 36th in the batting table and has also retained his second rank in the bowlers' table.
ICC ODI Championship Table Pakistan have gained three ratings points following a 2-1 series win. Misbah team had started the series on 104 ratings points and it finished on 107 ratings points to hold on to its sixth position on the ICC ODI Championship table. Pakistan now trail fifth-placed Sri Lanka by just three ratings points.
India, who had had an opportunity to leapfrog number-one ranked England and number-two ranked South Africa had they won all the three matches, have finished on 117 ratings points after dropping three ratings points. However, India still have a chance to reclaim the number-one ranking if they beat England 4-1 or better in the forthcoming series that starts in Rajkot on Friday 11 January.
Build-up to the ICC Champions Trophy 2013: Pakistan-India series served as a curtain-raiser to a mouth-watering clash between the two sides in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013, which will be held in England and Wales from June 6-23. The two sides will go head-to-head on Saturday 15 June in a Group B match in what will be the final edition of the event.
While India will aim to avenge not only the home series defeat but also to register their first win over Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy, Pakistan will be looking to finish the event with a clean sheet against their traditional rivals. Interestingly, Pakistan have never beaten India in an ICC Cricket World Cup match but have never lost to India in the ICC Champions Trophy.
Other sides in Group B of the ICC Champions Trophy are 1998 winners South Africa and 2004 champions West Indies. The tournament opener will feature the two former winners when South Africa take on the 2002 champions India in Cardiff on June 6. The following day, the West Indies will face Pakistan at The Oval. Group A includes defending champions Australia, 2000 winners New Zealand and 2002 champions Sri Lanka, along with hosts England who reached the final when they last staged the event in 2004. The semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy will be staged at The Oval (19 June) and in Cardiff (20 June) while Edgbaston will be the venue of the final, to be played on 23 June.
Rank. Team. Rating
1. England. 121
2. South Africa. 121
3. India .117
4. Australia .113
5. Sri Lanka .110
6. Pakistan .107
7. West Indies. 88
8. Bangladesh .78
9. New Zealand. 72
10. Zimbabwe. 50
11. Ireland .35
12. Netherlands .16
13. Kenya .11