Younus climbs, Hafeez slips, Ajmal stays on top
20 March, 2013
DUBAI: Right arm spin bowler Saeed Ajmal clung to the top position while T20 captain Muhammad Hafeez slipped three ranking points to fall to number four position in the One Day International (ODI) bowler ranking.
Veteran right handed batsman Younus Khan managed to jump from eleventh position to ninth in the top ten rankings for batsmen for test matches, released by ICC on Monday.
Younus Khan gained two ranking points to grab the ninth position in the ICC batsmen ranking for tests. South African batsman Hashim Amla grabbed the first position with his captain AB De Villiers not far below at number two. Australian captain Michael Clarke moved from second position to fourth due to his poor performance in Mohali against India in the recent test series. Srilankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara was ranked fifth.
None of the Pakistani batsman could make their way into the top 10 ODI batsmen rankings.
Amla and De Villiers replicated their test performance in the ODIs and grabbed the top two slots with Amla on first and De Villiers on second. Indian batsman Virat Kohli and Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni were ranked on third and fourth position respectively. England batsman Jonathon Trott was ranked five.
Ajmal maintained his number three position in the test match bowlers ranking and first in the ODI bowlers ranking. Proteas bowlers rule the test bowlers ranking with Dale Steyn on first and Vernon Philander on second position. Srilankan bowler Rangana Herath and Australian bowler Peter Siddle were ranked fourth and fifth respectively.
Ajmal has been topping the list of the ODI bowlers ranking, since 2012, with S P Narine from West Indies on second position and England bowler Steven Finn ranked third.
Pakistan's Muhammed Hafeez has gradually gone down to fourth position since September 24, when he topped the ODI bowlers ranking.
South African left-arm bowler Lonwabo Lennox Tsotsobe entered the top five and seized the fifth position.