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Hafeez breaks into the top 20 for first time in his career

Regains number-one position on the all-rounders’ chart, Junaid on a career-high 11th spot

Hafeez breaks into the top 20 for first time in his career - Cricket News
Mohammad Hafeez has now become Pakistan’s second batsman to feature inside the top 20 with Misbah-ul-Haq retaining ninth spot.

Mohammad Hafeez has achieved a career-best ranking in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI Batsmenafter finishing as the leading run-getter in the five-match series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka which concluded in Abu Dhabi on Friday.

Hafeez aggregated 448 runs with three centuries, and for this performance he not only earned the player of the series award but has also been rewarded with a jump of 18 places that, in turn, has put him at a career-best 16thposition.

Hafeez has now become Pakistan’s second batsman to feature inside the top 20 with Misbah-ul-Haq retaining ninth spot.

Besides Hafeez, opener Ahmed Shehzad has also achieved a career-high position after he scored 277 runs with a century and a half-century. Shehzad, who played in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2008 and 2010 in Malaysia and New Zealand respectively, has moved up 23 places to sit in 21st position – just one ratings point behind New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum.

Dinesh Chandimal, Shahid Afridi and Sohaib Maqsood are the other big movers inside the top 100.

Chandimal, Sri Lanka’s leading run-getter with 195 runs, has gained eight places and is now in 39th spot, Shahid’s 66 runs at an average of 33 with a strike-rate of 212 has given him a lift of four places to put him in 50th spot, while Sohaib has achieved a career-best 77th position after scoring 165 runs that has provided him a leap of 35 places.

In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI Bowlers, Junaid Khan, Angelo Mathews and Umar Gul are the biggest movers.

Junaid finished the series as the leading wicket-taker with 13 wickets. This performance means he has rocketed eight places to a career-best 11th position.

With Hafeez slipping in the bowling order to 16th, Junaid has now become Pakistan’s second highest-ranked bowler behind Saeed Ajmal who has strengthened his position at the top of the tree following his nine wickets in the series.

Mathews has returned inside the top 20 in 18th place while Umar, who took seven wickets in three matches, has gained 13 places and is now in 43rd spot.

Suranga Lakmal and Lasith Malinga were Sri Lanka’s best bowlers with six wickets apiece. While Lakmal has gained 10 places and is now in 87th spot, Malinga has dropped one place to 29th spot.

In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI All-rounders, Hafeez has regained the number-one spot. Hafeez had entered the series trailing Shakib Al Hasan by six ratings but now leads the Bangladesh all-rounder by 35 ratings points.

In the Reliance ICC ODI Team Rankings, sixth-ranked Pakistan has gained one ratings point to retain its pre-series ranking, while Sri Lanka has conceded two ratings points to move a place down to fifth.

The table is headed by India followed by Australia, England and South Africa.

New Zealand-West Indies ODI series

Meanwhile, the five-ODI series between New Zealand and West Indies started earlier this week in Auckland with West Indies carving out a two-wicket victory.

The latest player rankings reflects players’ performance in the Auckland ODI and has seen Darren Sammy rise seven places to 59th in the batting chart, while Ravi Rampaul, Mitchell McClenaghan and Dwayne Bravo have moved up the bowlers’ list.

Forthcoming fixtures:

 New Zealand v West Indies

29 Dec: Second ODI, Napier  (d/n)

1 Jan: Third ODI, Queenstown (d/n)

4 Jan: Fourth ODI, Nelson (d/n)

8 Jan: Fifth ODI, Hamilton (d/n)

Reliance ICC ODI Team Rankings (as on 28 December after Pakistan-Sri Lanka series and after first New Zealand-West Indies ODI)

Rank  (+/-)        Team              Rating    (+/-)       

1                        India                120       

2                        Australia          114

3                        England           111

4         (+1)         South Africa    110

5          (-1)         Sri Lanka        108         (-2)

6           (-)          Pakistan           101        (+1)

7                         West Indies        91        (+1)     

8                         New Zealand     84         (-1)

9                          Bangladesh       83

10                        Zimbabwe         55

11                        Ireland               38

12                        Netherlands       13

13                        Kenya                10

Reliance ICC ODI Player Rankings (as on 28 December after Pakistan-Sri Lanka series and after first New Zealand-West Indies ODI)

Batsmen

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

   1         ( - )        AB de Villiers     SA         872        49.46    883 v Ind at Cardiff 2013

   2         ( - )        Virat Kohli          Ind         859        51.54    882 v WI at Visakhapatnam 2013

   3         ( - )        Hashim Amla      SA         840        53.34    901 v Eng at Trent Bridge 2012

   4         ( - )        George Bailey     Aus        835*!    54.96    835 v Ind at Bengaluru 2013

   5         ( - )        K Sangakkara      SL          816        40.11    840 v NZ at Hambantota 2013

   6         ( - )        MS Dhoni            Ind         789        52.88    836 v Aus at Delhi 2009

   7         ( - )        T Dilshan             SL          760        37.98    767 v Pak at Sharjah 2013

   8         ( - )        Jonathan Trott     Eng        754        51.25    796 v SA at The Oval 2013

   9         ( - )        Misbah-ul-Haq    Pak        735!      45.19    735 v SL at Abu Dhabi 2013

  10        ( - )        Shikhar Dhawan  Ind         717*     43.96    736 v WI at Kanpur 2013

  11        ( - )        Shane Watson      Aus        708        41.71    773 v SL at Hambantota 2011

  12        ( - )        Michael Clarke    Aus        677        45.12    750 v SL at Melbourne 2008

  13        (+1)       Quinton de Kock SA         673*!    46.31    673 v Ind at Centurion 2013

  14        (-1)        Ross Taylor         NZ         665        38.79    693 v Aus at Adelaide 2009

  15        ( - )        Alastair Cook      Eng        661        38.85    752 v Aus at Lord's 2012

  16        (+18)     M Hafeez             Pak        660!      31.03    660 v SL at Abu Dhabi 2013

  17        (-1)        Eoin Morgan       Ire/Eng  648        39.56    690 v Aus at The Oval 2010

  18        ( - )        Rohit Sharma      Ind         639        36.06    672 v WI at Kochi 2013

  19        ( - )        Paul Stirling        Ire          635        37.59    693 v Pak at Dublin 2013

  20        (+1)       B McCullum        NZ         634        30.59    685 v Eng at Auckland 2013

Selected Rankings

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

 21        (+23)     Ahmed Shehzad  Pak        633        32.97    634 v SL at Abu Dhabi 2013

  22        (-5)        Martin Guptill     NZ         629        39.33    684 v Zim at Napier 2012

  27        ( - )        Umar Akmal        Pak        617        36.46    702 v Afg at Sharjah 2012

  31        (-3)        K Williamson      NZ         605        35.41    631 v Ban at Mirpur 2013

  32        (-2)        Darren Bravo       WI         584        32.64    588 v Ind at Kanpur 2013

  36        ( - )        Angelo Mathews SL          575        34.17    598 v Aus at Hambantota 2011

  37        (+1)       Lendl Simmons   WI         571        31.72    629 v Ind at Visakhapatnam 2011

  39        (+8)       D Chandimal       SL          566        31.70    667 v Aus at Adelaide 2012

  41        (-7)        Johnson Charles  WI         561*     31.03    592 v Ind at Trinidad 2013

  50        (+4)       Shahid Afridi       Pak        529        23.34    663 v Ind at Lahore 1997

  59        (+7)       Darren Sammy    WI         516!      23.95    516 v NZ at Auckland 2013

  63        (-11)      L Thirimanne      SL          512        27.70    530 v SA at Colombo (RPS) 2013

  77        (+35)     Sohaib Maqsood  Pak        481*     40.33    491 v SL at Abu Dhabi 2013

  82        (RE)       Jesse Ryder          NZ         473*     33.33    574 v Zim at Bulawayo 2011

  83        (-3)        Dwayne Bravo     WI         469        23.63    493 v Eng at Ahmedabad 2006

  89        (-3)        Kieran Powell      WI         451*     28.13    460 v Ind at Kanpur 2013

Bowlers

Rank    (+/-)        Player                Team       Pts          Ave      Econ      HS Rating

   1         ( - )        Saeed Ajmal        Pak        776        22.50    4.14      810 v SA at Centurion 2013

   2         ( - )        Dale Steyn           SA         742        25.49    4.79      746 v Ind at Durban 2013

   3         ( - )        Sunil Narine        WI         741        25.71    4.11      791 v SL at Jamaica 2013

   4         ( - )        Steven Finn         Eng        708        27.74    4.71      755 v NZ at Auckland 2013

   5         ( - )        James Anderson  Eng        696        29.11    4.97      719 v SA at The Oval 2013

   6         (+1)       Ravindra Jadeja   Ind         692        32.21    4.72      738 v Zim at Bulawayo 2013

   7         (-1)        Rangana Herath   SL          678        32.24    4.31      703 v SA at Pallekele 2013

   8         ( - )        L Tsotsobe           SA         674        24.96    4.75      743 v NZ at Auckland 2012

   9         ( - )        Morne Morkel     SA         673        23.54    4.78      717 v SL at East London 2012

  10        ( - )        M Johnson           Aus        670        25.37    4.82      724 v Ban at Darwin 2008

  11        (+8)       Junaid Khan         Pak        655!      22.28    4.93      655 v SL at Abu Dhabi 2013

  12        (-1)        Clint McKay        Aus        650        24.42    4.77      709 v Eng at Cardiff 2013

  13        ( - )        Kyle Mills           NZ         646        26.41    4.71      722 v Aus at Melbourne 2009

  14        ( - )        Abdur Razzak      Ban        643        28.07    4.49      679 v Zim at Bulawayo 2013

  15        ( - )        Kemar Roach       WI         629        26.77    4.92      650 v Pak at St Lucia 2013

  16        (-4)        M Hafeez             Pak        623        35.49    4.06      769 v Ind at Kolkata 2013

  17        ( - )        R Ashwin             Ind         619        32.23    4.93      691 v SL at Hambantota 2012

  18        (+5)       Angelo Mathews SL          611        35.63    4.51      649 v Ind at Trinidad 2013

  19        (-1)        Daniel Vettori     NZ         610        31.50    4.11      788 v Eng at Durham 2008

  20        (+6)       Ravi Rampaul      WI         609        28.98    5.02      628 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2011

Selected Rankings

Rank     (+/-)      Player                Team       Pts          Ave      Econ      HS Rating

  23        (-7)        N Kulasekara       SL          598        32.72    4.68      727 v NZ at Colombo (RPS) 2009

  27        ( - )        Shahid Afridi       Pak        579        33.57    4.62      673 v Ban at Mirpur 2011

  28        (+6)       M McClenaghan  NZ         573*!    19.02    5.70      573 v WI at Auckland 2013

  29        (-1)        Lasith Malinga    SL          558        27.30    5.15      675 v Ban at Colombo (RPS) 2007

  33        ( - )        N McCullum       NZ         541        44.48    4.83      545 v SL at Dambulla 2013

  35        (-3)        Darren Sammy    WI         539        44.40    4.55      599 v Can at Jamaica 2010

  43        (+13)     Umar Gul             Pak        509        28.00    5.10      638 v WI at Mirpur 2011

  44        (-1)        Ajantha Mendis   SL          507        21.01    4.39      648 v NZ at Colombo (RPS) 2011

  48        (+9)       S Senanayake      SL          500*     43.77    4.74      502 v Pak at Sharjah 2013

  52        (-1)        Abdur Rehman    Pak        476*     37.80    4.18      496 v Zim at Harare 2013

  54        (-9)        Thisara Perera     SL          474        26.95    5.55      610 v Ind at Colombo (RPS) 2012

  65        (+10)     Dwayne Bravo     WI         446        30.10    5.40      601 v SA at Antigua 2010

  66        (-14)      T Dilshan             SL          445        46.90    4.74      497 v SA at Colombo (RPS) 2013

  77        ( - )        Marlon Samuels  WI         416        44.13    4.77      480 v Aus at Mumbai 2006

  79        (+15)     Jason Holder        WI         405*!    27.88    4.97      405 v NZ at Auckland 2013

  82        (-4)        Sohail Tanvir       Pak        396        35.83    5.21      633 v WI at Abu Dhabi 2008

  87        (+10)     Suranga Lakmal  SL          385*!    32.92    5.99      385 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

All-rounders

Rank    (+/-)        Player                 Team       Pts        HS Rating

   1         (+1)       M Hafeez             Pak        411       438 v Ind at Kolkata 2013

   2         (-1)        Shakib Al Hasan  Ban        376       453 v Zim at Chittagong 2009

   3         (-1)        Shane Watson      Aus        370       433 v WI at St Lucia 2012

   4         (+2)       Angelo Mathews SL          351       373 v Ind at Trinidad 2013

   5         ( - )        Ravindra Jadeja   Ind         346       378 v Eng at Edgbaston 2013

 ! 

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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