De Villiers and Sangakkara bring fight for No.1 batting position

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Top bowling spot firmly within Steyn’s and Starc’s sights; Shakib aims for Dilshan’s number-one all-rounders’ spot

 

AB de Villiers of South Africa and Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka have brought their battle for the coveted one-number batting spot in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI Batsmen to Sydney when the two will go head to head in the first quarter-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

De Villiers started the year leading Sangakkara by 76 ratings points and when the two players will take the field on Thursday, the South African will be leading the Sri Lankan by 38 ratings points. Both these outstanding cricketers are enjoying great form with de Villiers having scored 417 to date and Sangakkara leading the field with 496 runs, including four centuries.

While de Villiers has gained eight ratings points since the start of the tournament to enjoy his career-high rating of 899, Sangakkara has gained three places and 68 ratings points to sit on 861 ratings points, also his career-high rating.

Not too far behind the two batsmen are Hashim Amla of South Africa and India’s Virat Kohli.

Amla is in third position, 14 ratings points behind Sangakkara, while Kohli will go into Friday’s second quarter-final against Bangladesh in Melbourne trailing the South African by four ratings points.

While the four top batsmen have consolidated their positions in the latest batting chart, there are a few other batsmen who have made upward movements following their performances in the second half of the pool stage matches and will aim to continue to head in the right direction when they feature in the knockout stage.

Inside the top 10, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has gained two places and is now in eight spot while Australia’s Glenn Maxwell has jumped eight places to occupy a career-best ninth position, just 17 ratings points behind Dhoni.

Outside the top 10, Suresh Raina of India is in 17th position (up by three places), Pakistan’s Ahmed Shehzad 24th (up by two places), Australia’s David Warner 25th (up by five places), Mushfiqur Rahim of Bangladesh 27th (up by seven places), Australia’s Steven Smith 31st (up by six places), New Zealand’s duo of  Martin Guptill 34th (up by eight places) and Corey Anderson 39th (up by eight places), Bangladesh’s Mahmudullah 44th (up by 17 places) and Shahid Afridi of Pakistan 44th (up by three places).

Zimbabwe’s former captain Brendan Taylor leads the batsmen who have gained places in the batting table but will not feature in the knockout stage.

Taylor, who is the second leading run-getter with 433 runs, has rocketed 13 places to claim 16th spot, while others include England’s pair of Jos Buttler in 22nd (up by six places) and Ian Bell 23rd (up by four places), Afghanistan’s Samiullah Shenwari 48th (up by four places) and Zimbabwe’s Sean Williams 49th (up by eight places).

In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI Bowlers, Dale Steyn of South Africa and Australia’s Mitchell Starc have Saeed Ajmal’s number-one ranking firmly within their sights. Steyn has gained one place to rise to second spot to trail the absent Pakistan off-spinner by just five ratings points.

Starc, who started the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 in seventh spot, is now on a career-high third position after leading the bowlers’ list with 16 wickets. He is four ratings points behind Steyn and nine ratings points behind Saeed.

England’s James Anderson and Morne Morkel are the other bowlers inside the top 10 to improve their rankings. Anderson has gained one place to occupy sixth position while Morkel is 10th after rising two places.

New Zealand’s Trent Boult leads the charge of the other bowlers outside the top 10 when he has vaulted nine places to claim a career-best 15th position, thanks to his 15 wickets in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 to date.

Lasith Malinga of Sri Lanka has climbed six places to 27th after his 11 wickets in the series to date, West Indies captain Jason Holder has joined his Sri Lanka counterpart Angelo Mathews in 28th spot after taking nine wickets to date, India’s Umesh Yadav has climbed eight places to 34th after his 10 wickets to date and James Faulkner has leaped 12 places to 35th.

In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI All-rounders, Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan will try to reclaim the number-one spot from Tillakaratne Dilshan of Sri Lanka, who leads by 17 ratings points.

There are notable major changes inside the top 20 in the latest all-rounders’ rankings. Glenn Maxwell of Australia has joined India’s Ravindra Jadeja in seventh position by rising three places, Corey Anderson has broken into the top 10 for the first time by gaining seven places while Mahmudullah of Bangladesh is enjoying his career-best ranking of 14th after jumping nine places.

 

RELIANCE ICC ODI TEAM RANKINGS

There is no change to the Reliance ICC ODI Team Rankings as Australia continues to lead defending champion India by five ratings points. South Africa and Sri Lanka are separated by just four ratings points.

The side that tops the Reliance ICC ODI Team Rankings as on 31 March 2015, will receive an ODI shield as well as a cash award of USD$175,000, while the side finishing second will collect USD$75,000.

 

Forthcoming matches in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015:

Quarter-finals:

Wed 18 March – Sri Lanka v South Africa, Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG)

Thu 19 March – Bangladesh v India, Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

Fri 20 March – Australia v Pakistan, Adelaide Oval

Sat 21 March – New Zealand v West Indies, Wellington Regional Stadium

 

Semi-finals:

Tue 24 March – SF1 – Winner QF1 (NZ v WI) v Winner QF3 (SL v SA), Eden Park, Auckland

Thu 26 March – SF2 – Winner QF2 (Aus v Pak) v Winner QF4 (BD v Ind), SCG, Sydney

 

Final:

Sun 29 March – Melbourne Cricket Ground

To find out exactly how the knockout stage matches of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 will affect the Rankings Table, please click here. The ODI table is updated after every match.

 

Reliance ICC ODI Team Rankings (as on 16 March, 2015, after pool stage matches in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015)

Rank   Team                          Ratings points

1          Australia                      121

2          India                            116

3          South Africa                112

4          Sri Lanka                     108

5          New Zealand               107

6          England                       101

7          Pakistan                       95

8          West Indies                 93

9          Bangladesh                 76

10        Zimbabwe                   50

11        Ireland                         44

12        Afghanistan                 38

 

(Developed by David Kendix)                          

 

Reliance ICC ODI Player Rankings (as on 16 March, 2015, after pool stage matches in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015)

 

Batsmen

 

Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Points    Ave         HS Rating

   1           ( – )          AB de Villiers        SA           899!       53.21     899 v UAE at Wellington 2015

   2           ( – )          K. Sangakkara     SL           861!       41.97     861 v Sco at Hobart 2015

   3           (-1)          Hashim Amla       SA           847         56.09     901 v Eng at Trent Bridge 2012

   4           ( – )          Virat Kohli            Ind          843         52.26     886 v Ban at Fatullah 2014

   5           ( – )          T. Dilshan              SL           802!       39.82     802 v Sco at Hobart 2015

   6           ( – )          Kane Williamson NZ          769         46.22     789 v Aus at Auckland 2015

   7           ( – )          Shikhar Dhawan  Ind          758         44.21     794 v SA at Melbourne 2015

   8           (+2)         MS Dhoni              Ind          731         52.67     836 v Aus at Delhi 2009

   9           (+8)         Glenn Maxwell     Aus         714!       34.21     714 v Sco at Hobart 2015

  10         (-1)          George Bailey       Aus         708         42.02     867 v SA at Harare 2014

  11         ( – )          Ross Taylor           NZ          697         41.50     722 v Pak at Napier 2015

  12         (-4)          Aaron Finch          Aus         696         37.36     743 v Eng at Melbourne 2015

  13         ( – )          Misbah-ul-Haq    Pak         686         43.48     744 v SL at Fatullah 2014

  14         ( – )          Joe Root                Eng         667         40.04     688 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2014

  15         ( – )          Angelo Mathews  SL           666         40.47     707 v Eng at Colombo (RPS) 2014

  16         (+13)      Brendan Taylor   Zim         659         34.82     667 v NZ at Napier 2012

  17         (+3)         Suresh Raina        Ind          649         36.16     669 v Eng at Dharamsala 2013

  18         (-6)          Quinton de Kock SA           648         37.53     749 v Aus at Sydney 2014

  19         (-3)          Rohit Sharma       Ind          646         38.56     684 v Aus at Melbourne 2015

  20         (-2)          B. McCullum        NZ          645         30.67     685 v Eng at Auckland 2013

  21         (-2)          Faf du Plessis        SA           642         35.55     703 v NZ at Bay Oval 2014

  22         (+6)         Jos Buttler             Eng         631         32.00     633 v Ind at Perth 2015

  23         (+4)         Ian Bell                  Eng         629         37.87     702 v Ind at Edgbaston 2007

  24         (+2)         Ahmed Shehzad  Pak         627         35.03     670 v Ban at Mirpur 2014

  25=       (-3)          Shane Watson      Aus         626         40.23     773 v SL at Hambantota 2011

                (+5)         David Warner       Aus         626         35.10     634 v Afg at Perth 2015

  27         (+7)         M. Rahim              Ban        621         30.03     627 v Eng at Adelaide 2015

  28         (-5)          David Miller          SA           618         37.80     634 v Zim at Hamilton 2015

  29=       (-8)          M. Jayawardene  SL           614         33.45     738 v WI at Colombo (RPS) 2001

                (-5)          James Faulkner    Aus         614*      44.05     628 v Eng at Perth 2015

 

Bowlers

 

Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Points    Ave         HS Rating

   1           ( – )          Saeed Ajmal         Pak         722         22.18     4.13       810 v SA at Centurion 2013

   2           (+1)         Dale Steyn            SA           717         25.30     4.79       746 v Ind at Durban 2013

   3           (+2)         Mitchell Starc       Aus         713*!    18.62     4.83       713 v Sco at Hobart 2015

   4           (-2)          Sunil Narine          WI          712         26.49     4.10       791 v SL at Jamaica 2013

   5           (-1)          Imran Tahir          SA           699*      20.75     4.38       703 v WI at Sydney 2015

   6           (+1)         James Anderson  Eng         670         29.22     4.92       719 v SA at The Oval 2013

   7           ( – )          Shakib Al Hasan Ban        667         28.15     4.29       717 v Zim at Chittagong 2009

   8           (-2)          Mitchell Johnson Aus         666         25.39     4.85       724 v Ban at Darwin 2008

   9           ( – )          Daniel Vettori       NZ          659         31.50     4.10       788 v Eng at Durham 2008

  10         (+2)         Morne Morkel      SA           658         24.04     4.89       717 v SL at East London 2012

  11         ( – )          M. Shami              Ind          650!       24.24     5.52       650 v Zim at Auckland 2015

  12         (-2)          M. Irfan                 Pak         634         29.10     4.86       641 v UAE at Napier 2015

  13         (-1)          Tim Southee         NZ          619         29.93     5.18       638 v Eng at Wellington 2015

  14         ( – )          Rangana Herath  SL           618         31.91     4.41       703 v SA at Pallekele 2013

  15         (+9)         Trent Boult           NZ          611*!      26.15     4.55       611 v Ban at Hamilton 2015

  16         (-1)          M. Hafeez             Pak         610         35.01     4.06       769 v Ind at Kolkata 2013

  17         (-1)          R. Ashwin              Ind          609         31.62     4.88       691 v SL at Hambantota 2012

  18         (-1)          B. Kumar              Ind          604         36.76     4.61       657 v WI at Dharamsala 2014

  19         (-1)          Ravindra Jadeja  Ind          601         32.97     4.83       738 v Zim at Bulawayo 2013

  20         (-1)          Steven Finn           Eng         600         28.09     4.99       755 v NZ at Auckland 2013

  21         (+1)         James Tredwell    Eng         599         27.76     4.75       646 v SL at Pallekele 2014

  22=       (-2)          Clint McKay        Aus         593         24.37     4.78       709 v Eng at Cardiff 2013

                (-2)          M. Mortaza          Ban        593         30.50     4.68       653 v Zim at Mirpur 2009

  24         (+1)         Kyle Mills              NZ          587         27.02     4.72       722 v Aus at Melbourne 2009

  25         (-2)          S. Senanayake     SL           585         35.97     4.74       656 v NZ at Christchurch 2015

  26         (+1)         Shahid Afridi        Pak         582         34.43     4.62       673 v Ban at Mirpur 2011

  27         (+6)         Lasith Malinga     SL           579         27.25     5.22       675 v Ban at Colombo (RPS) 2007

  28=       (-3)          Angelo Mathews  SL           576         34.77     4.58       649 v Ind at Trinidad 2013

                (+4)         Jason Holder        WI          576*!    30.28     5.54       576 v UAE at Napier 2015

  30         ( – )          Ravi Rampaul     WI          563         29.22     5.08       628 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2011

 

All-rounders

 

Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Points    HS Rating

   1           ( – )          T. Dilshan              SL          415!       415 v Sco at Hobart 2015

   2           ( – )          Shakib Al Hasan Ban        398        453 v Zim at Chittagong 2009

   3           ( – )          Angelo Mathews  SL           384        427 v Eng at Colombo (RPS) 2014

   4           ( – )          M. Hafeez             Pak         372        438 v Ind at Kolkata 2013

   5           (+1)         James Faulkner    Aus         336*/!   336 v Sco at Hobart 2015

   6           (-1)          Shahid Afridi        Pak         328        383 v Ban at Mirpur 2011

   7=        ( – )          Ravindra Jadeja  Ind          300        378 v Eng at Edgbaston 2013

                (+3)         Glenn Maxwell     Aus         300 /*!  300 v Sco at Hobart 2015

   9           ( – )          Shane Watson      Aus         265        433 v WI at St Lucia 2012

  10         (+7)         Corey Anderson   NZ          260*/*! 260 v Ban at Hamilton 2015

 

*indicates provisional rating; a batsman qualifies for a full rating after a minimum of 40 started innings; a bowler qualifies for a full rating after he has conceded 1,500 runs.

!indicates career-highest rating

 

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