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Lara scored over 10000 ODI runs for the Windies

This Month In … 1996

Rankings rewind

Windies players took the top spots, even as the South Africans made gains in the month after the World Cup.

The ICC Cricket World Cup 1996 had just ended with Sri Lanka defeating Australia in the finals to be crowned champions for the first time.

Aravinda de Silva, the architect of Sri Lanka's victory in the final, had a stellar World Cup where he scored 448 runs in six matches and was the third-highest run-scorer. His exceptional run saw him rise ten places to the eighth spot on the rankings chart for batsmen.

Gary Kirsten, who was ranked 12th when the World Cup started, also moved up six spots after an impressive tournament for South Africa where he scored 391 runs in six matches.

Brian Lara continued to rule the charts, followed closely by Sachin Tendulkar, who was the highest run-scorer of the 1996 World Cup.

ICC ODI Rankings for batsmen on 20 March 1996 (after the ICC Cricket World Cup 1996)

RankPlayer Points
1Brian Lara885
2Sachin Tendulkar861
3Mark Waugh831
4Hansie Cronje801
5Inzamam-ul-Haq789
6Gary Kirsten788
7Graeme Hick777
8Aravinda de Silva769
9Michael Bevan752
10Arjuna Ranatunga745


In the bowling department, Curtly Ambrose's impressive World Cup saw him rise to the top of the rankings chart, while Chaminda Vaas rose six spots to be placed sixth.

ICC ODI Rankings for bowlers on 20 March 1996 (after the ICC Cricket World Cup 1996)

RankPlayer Points
1Curtly Ambrose788
2Shane Warne766
3Wasim Akram740
4Glenn McGrath734
5Anil Kumble733
6Chaminda Vaas727
7Paul Reiffel709
8Jawagal Srinath708
9Craig Matthews707
10Courtney Walsh701


Even a month after the World Cup, with international action resuming, Lara and Ambrose continued the Windies' hold on the top spots. Kirsten, though, continued his rise up the charts and joined several South Africans making strides.

Following the World Cup, New Zealand went on a full tour of the Caribbean, while India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan faced off in a triangular one-day international series in Singapore. This was followed by another tri-series in the UAE, which involved India, Pakistan and South Africa.

A keenly fought five-match ODI series between New Zealand and the Windies was taken by the home side 3-2 with Lara once again top-scoring with 290 runs in five outings. Stephen Fleming was the highest run-getter for New Zealand with 202 in the five matches.

Curtly Ambrose was lethal against New Zealand and finished the five-match series as the leading wicket-taker
Curtly Ambrose was lethal against New Zealand and finished the five-match series as the leading wicket-taker


The tri-series in Singapore was claimed by Pakistan, where they brushed aside Sri Lanka in the final by 43 runs. Sanath Jayasuriya was the leading run-scorer of the tournament with 217 runs in three outings at an incredible strike-rate of 212.75.

The tri-series in UAE had South Africa dominate both India and Pakistan and it came as no surprise when they got the better of India in the final as well. Kirsten had most runs in the tournament with 356 in five games. It helped him surge into third, pipping Mark Waugh and Hansie Cronje.

Aamir Sohail's consistency across both series also saw him break into the top 10.

Among the bowlers, Fanie de Villiers was the leading wicket-taker with 10 wickets in five games, which helped him rise eight spots to be tied with Craig Matthews, his fellow South African, who himself rose six places, on 759 points in the third place.

ICC ODI Rankings for batsmen on 20 April 1996

Rank Player Points
1Brian Lara897
2Sachin Tendulkar861
3Gary Kirsten855
4Mark Waugh831
5Hansie Cronje798
6Graeme Hick777
7Aamir Sohail766
8Inzamam-ul-Haq753
9Michael Bevan752
10Aravinda de Silva730


ICC ODI Rankings for bowlers on 20 April 1996

RankPlayerPoints
1Curtly Ambrose794
2Shane Warne766
3Craig Matthews759
3Fanie de Villiers759
5Chaminda Vaas735
6Glenn McGrath734
7Gavin Larsen718
8Anil Kumble717
9Wasim Akram711
10Paul Reiffel709

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