21 December 201412:42

Williamson breaks into top 10 for the first time in his career

Williamson, who led New Zealand in the absence of Brendon McCullum, finished the series against Pakistan as the top scorer with 346 runs and has been rewarded with a jump of three places

Williamson breaks into top 10 for the first time in his career - Cricket News

Kane Williamson is in the ninth place and has leapfrogged Ross Taylor, who has stayed in 11th position.

Irfan achieves career-best ranking as Shahid Afridi becomes fifth-ranked all-rounder

New Zealand swaps places with Pakistan in Reliance ICC ODI Team Rankings

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Kane Williamson of New Zealand and Mohammad Irfan of Pakistan have achieved career-best rankings in the Reliance ICC ODI Players Rankings following the conclusion of the five-match One-Day International series between their teams in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Williamson, who led New Zealand in the absence of Brendon McCullum, finished the series as the top scorer with 346 runs and has been rewarded with a jump of three places in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI Batsmen. This has put him in ninth place, the highest he has been since making his ODI debut in August 2010.

Williamson, who captained New Zealand in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2008 in Malaysia, also became the top-ranked batsman from his side, leapfrogging Ross Taylor, who has stayed in 11th position in the which latest rankings which were released on Sunday.

Fast bowler Irfan is the other player who has achieved a career-best ranking. The lanky left-armer took nine wickets in the series, which has helped him rise 11 places to 16th in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI Bowlers. He is now the only Pakistan fast bowler to feature inside the top 20.

New Zealand’s Matt Henry was the leading wicket-taker in the series with 13 wickets and, with those returns, he has rocketed 78 places to sit just outside the top 50 in 58th position.



Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi is the biggest mover in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI All-Rounders. The veteran of 389 ODIs backed up his eight wickets in the series with 205 runs, which has put him in in 18th position in the bowling table (up by 19 places) and 44th position in the batting chart (up by 13 places), respectively. When these performances are taken together, they give him a lift of four places in the all-rounders’ category and a number-five ranking.

Meanwhile, in the Reliance ICC ODI Team Rankings, New Zealand’s 3-2 series victory has allowed it to join Pakistan at 97 ratings points. However, when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point, then New Zealand is ranked above Pakistan and, as such, this means that the two sides have swapped places on the table.

Reliance ICC ODI Team Rankings (as on 21 December, after Pakistan-New Zealand ODI series)

1. Australia 117
2. India 117
3. South Africa 112
4. Sri Lanka 110
5. England 104
6. New Zealand 97 (+1)
7. Pakistan 97 (-1)
8. West Indies 96
9. Bangladesh 75
10. Zimbabwe 53
11. Afghanistan 42
12. Ireland 33

(Developed by David Kendix)

Reliance ICC ODI Player Rankings (as on 21 December, after Pakistan-New Zealand ODI series)

Batsmen

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points Ave HS Rating
1 ( - ) AB de Villiers SA 887 51.50 891 v Aus at Melbourne 2014
2 ( - ) Virat Kohli Ind 862 52.61 886 v Ban at Fatullah 2014
3 ( - ) Hashim Amla SA 828 53.18 901 v Eng at Trent Bridge 2012
4 ( - ) K Sangakkara SL 811 40.64 853 v Afg at Mirpur 2014
5 ( - ) Shikhar Dhawan Ind 777 45.46 785 v SL at Hyderabad 2014
6 ( - ) George Bailey Aus 771 44.20 867 v SA at Harare 2014
7 (+2) T Dilshan SL 750 38.31 767 v Pak at Sharjah 2013
8 (-1) Quinton de Kock SA 749*! 43.58 749 v Aus at Sydney 2014
9 (+3) Kane Williamson NZ 746! 43.51 746 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2014
10 (-2) MS Dhoni Ind 738 52.85 836 v Aus at Delhi 2009

Selected Rankings

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points Ave HS Rating
11 ( - ) Ross Taylor NZ 722! 41.26 722 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2014
14 (-1) Misbah-ul-Haq Pak 658 42.83 744 v SL at Fatullah 2014
18 ( - ) Ahmed Shehzad Pak 649 34.81 670 v Ban at Mirpur 2014
22 (-2) M Hafeez Pak 626 30.94 665 v Ban at Mirpur 2014
27 (-2) Martin Guptill NZ 598 37.85 684 v Zim at Napier 2012
31 (-8) Umar Akmal Pak 592 35.94 702 v Afg at Sharjah 2012
44 (+13) Shahid Afridi Pak 556 23.49 663 v Ind at Lahore 1997
56 (+7) Luke Ronchi Aus/NZ 517* 30.14 519 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2014
70 (-15) Corey Anderson NZ 491* 36.69 604 v Ind at Hamilton 2014
73 (-5) Nasir Jamshed Pak 483 33.64 589 v SA at Bloemfontein 2013

Bowlers

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points Ave HS Rating
1 (+1) Sunil Narine WI 753 26.49 791 v SL at Jamaica 2013
2 (-1) Saeed Ajmal Pak 751 22.18 810 v SA at Centurion 2013
3 ( - ) Dale Steyn SA 699 25.65 746 v Ind at Durban 2013
4= ( - ) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 680 27.92 717 v Zim at Chittagong 2009
( - ) Mitchell Johnson Aus 680 25.72 724 v Ban at Darwin 2008
6 ( - ) James Anderson Eng 666 29.10 719 v SA at The Oval 2013
7 ( - ) S Senanayake SL 644* 32.46 647 v Eng at Pallekele 2014
8 ( - ) B Kumar Ind 641 36.59 657 v WI at Dharamsala 2014
9 ( - ) Ravindra Jadeja Ind 638 32.29 738 v Zim at Bulawayo 2013
10 (-3) M Hafeez Pak 634 35.01 769 v Ind at Kolkata 2013

Selected Rankings

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points Ave HS Rating
16 (+11) Mohammad Irfan Pak 616 29.51 621 v NZ at Abu Dhabi 2014
18 (+19) Shahid Afridi Pak 611 33.89 673 v Ban at Mirpur 2011
22 (-8) Kyle Mills NZ 604 26.94 722 v Aus at Melbourne 2009
63 (-7) Umar Gul Pak 459 28.98 638 v WI at Mirpur 2011
58 (+78) Matt Henry NZ 477*! 15.26 477 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2014

All-rounders

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points HS Rating
1 ( - ) Angelo Mathews SL 409 427 v Eng at Colombo (RPS) 2014
2 (+1) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 403 453 v Zim at Chittagong 2009
3 (-1) M Hafeez Pak 397 438 v Ind at Kolkata 2013
4 ( - ) T Dilshan SL 388! 388 v Eng at Colombo (RPS) 2014
5 (+4) Shahid Afridi Pak 340 383 v Ban at Mirpur 2011

*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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