16 March 201516:12

De Villiers and Sangakkara bring fight for No.1 batting position to ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 quarter-final

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

De Villiers and Sangakkara bring fight for No.1 batting position to ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 quarter-final - Cricket News

As the ICC CWC enters its knockout phase, teammates AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn will find themselves in the running for top ODI batting and bowling ranks respectively.

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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 Wednesday, 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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