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Hafeez back as number-one ranked ODI all-rounder

Saeed moves up two places to third in bowling rankings; Zimbabwe batsmen make gains

Hafeez back as number-one ranked ODI all-rounder - Cricket News
Mahammad Hafeez in action during an ODI.

Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez has reclaimed the number-one ranking on the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI All-rounders in the latest update released a day after Pakistan beat Zimbabwe to win the three-match series 2-1.

Hafeez, who won the player of the series award for his 232 runs and two wickets, has leapfrogged Shakib Al Hasan, Ravindra Jadeja, Shane Watson and Tillakaratne Dilshan after earning 26 ratings points.

Hafeez first surged to the top of the all-rounders’ rankings on 6 January 2013 after the conclusion of the three-match series against India before he conceded the slot to Shakib at the end of the group stage of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013.

While Hafeez gained 17 places on the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI Batsmen, which has put him in a career-best 31st position, he has slipped one place to ninth on the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI Bowlers.

Despite a series defeat, there is some good news for Zimbabwe batsmen, who have improved their rankings.

Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor leads the pack , jumping five places to 25th spot following his contribution of 148 runs at an average of 78. The other batsmen to head in the right direction are Sean Williams in 57th (up by eight) and Hamilton Masakadza in 58th (up by 12).

South Africa’s Hashim Amla continues to lead the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI Batsmen, with his captain AB de Villiers in second place and Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara in third spot.

Meanwhile, Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal has moved up two places to third in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI Bowlers. He took six wickets in the series and is now just 10 ratings points behind Ravindra Jadeja and Sunil Narine, who share the number-one spot.

Jadeja will have the first shot at an outright lead at the top of the tree when he’s expected to take the field against Australia in Pune on 13 October. While West Indies’ first ODI of the season is against New Zealand in Auckland on 26 December, Pakistan will be in action in limited overs cricket against South Africa for a five-ODI series that starts in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE), on 30 October.

Pakistan drops one ratings points despite series win

Meanwhile, Pakistan has dropped a point while Zimbabwe has gained three ratings points on the Reliance ICC ODI Team Rankings Table.

Pakistan had entered the series leading Zimbabwe by 50 ratings points and this gap meant Pakistan was expected to win the series convincingly. As such, because the rankings are weighted to reflect this difference, Pakistan’s failure to win all the matches has resulted in it conceding one ratings point and Zimbabwe gaining three ratings points.

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Reliance ICC ODI Rankings (as on 31 August) (after Zimbabwe-Pakistan series)

Rank (+/-) Teams Rating (+/-)
1   India 123  
2   Australia 114  
3   England 112  
4   Sri Lanka 111  
5   South Africa 105  
6 (-) Pakistan  101 (-1)
7   New Zealand 89  
8   West Indies 89  
9   Bangladesh 76  
10 (-) Zimbabwe 55 (-3)
11   Ireland 35  
12   Netherlands 13  
13   Kenya 10  

Reliance ICC ODI Player Rankings (as on 31 August) (after Zimbabwe-Pakistan series and Canada-Netherlands Pepsi ICC WCL Championship)

Batsmen 

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points Average HS Rating
1 (-) Hashim Amla SA 853 54.85 901 v Eng at Trent Bridge 2012
2 (-) AB de Villiers SA 845 48.88 883 v Ind at Cardiff 2013
3 (-) K Sangakara SL 829! 39.99 829 v SA at Colombo (RPS) 2013
4 (-) Virat Kohli  Ind 819 49.72 866 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2012
5 (-) Jonathan Trott Eng 789 52.66 796 v SA at The Oval 2013
6 (-) T Dilshan SL 746 37.46 765 v NZ at Colombo (RPS) 2011
7 (-) MS Dhoni Ind 741 51.45 836 v Aus at Delhi 2009
8 (-) Misbah-ul-Haq Pak 722 45.13 727 v Zim at Harare 2013
9 (-) Alastair Cook Eng 768  38.85 752 v Aus at Lord's 2012
10 (-) Ross Taylor NZ 669  38.31 693 v Aus at Adelaide 2009

Selected Rankings

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points Ave HS Rating
25 (+5) Brendon Taylor Zim 617 33.69 667 v NZ at Napier 2012
31 (+17) M Hafeez Pak 594! 28.90 594 v Zim at Harare 2013
33 (-) N Jamshed Pak 588* 37.66 589 v SA at Bloemfontein 2013
48 (-1) Shahid Afridi Pak 545 23.51 663 v Ind at Lahore 1997
57 (+8) Shean Williams Zim 518 31.55 527 v Pak at Harare 2013
58 (+12) H Masakadza Zim 516 27.43 566 v Ban at Mirpur 2009
66 (-2) Vusi Sibanda Zim 499 25.28 512 v Pak at Harare 2013
76 (-6) E Chigumbura Zim 476 23.98 554 v SA at Bulawayo 2007
83 (+15) Malcolm Waller Zim 461*! 23.53 461 v Pak at Harare 2013

Bowlers
 

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points Ave. Econ HS Rating
1 (-) Ravindra Jadeja Ind 733 30.60 4.62 738 v Zim at Bulawayo 2013
1 (-) Sunil Narine  WI 733* 24.40 4.13 791 v SL at Jamaica 2013
3 (+2) Saeed Ajmal Pak 723 22.93 4.17 810 v SA at Centurion 2013
4 (-1) Steven Finn Eng 718* 26.94 4.67 755 v NZ at Auckland 2013
5 (-1) James Anderson Eng 714 29.11 4.97 719 v SA at The Oval 2013
6 (-) Rangana Herath SL 699 32.80 4.23 703 v SA at Pallekele 2013
7 (-) Clint McKay Aus 684 22.07 4.62 689 v NZ at Edgbaston 2013
8 (+1) L Tsotsobe SA 673 24.18 4.84 743 v NZ at Auckland 2012
9 (-1) M Hafeez Pak 666 34.50 4.00 769 v Ind at Kolkata 2013
10 (-) Abdur Razzak Ban 663 27.81 4.47 679 v Zim at Bulawayo 2013

Selected Rankings
 

Rank (+/-) Player Team Rating Ave Econ HS Rating
26 (+6) Junaid Khan Pak 587* 23.82 4.87 598 v Zim at Harare 2013
31 (-2) Mohammad Irfan Pak 564* 27.36 4.59 578 v WI at St Lucia 2013
32 (-5) Shahid Afridi Pak 559 33.93 4.62 673 v Ban at Mirpur 2011
47 (-) Prosper Utseya Zim 506 47.82 4.34 663 v Ban at Harare 2006
50 (+25) Abdur Rehman Pak 496*! 36.41 4.19 496 v Zim at Harare 2013
74 (+24) Brian Vitori Zim 430  27.27 5.38 432 v Pak at Harare 2013
82 (+33) Tendai Chatara Zim 418*! 34.21 4.86 418 v Pak at Harare 2013
96 (-9) E Chigumbura Zim 385 40.83 5.88 460 v Ban at Mirpur 2009

All-rounders
 

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points HS Rating
1 (+4) M Hafeez Pak 396 438 v Ind at Kolkata 2013
2 (-1) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 387 453 v Zim at Chittagong 2009
3 (-) Ravindra Jadeja Ind 377 378 v Eng at Edgbaston 2013

 

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Indicates career-highest rating

*

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

 

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