ICC MEDIA RELEASE – 13/11/09

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Vettori regains top bowling spot as spinners dominate latest rankings

Shakib, Price, Haurtiz and Saeed achieve career-best rankings while Harbhajan and Afridi return to the top 10

Ponting rises to fourth but Yuvraj drops to eighth and Gambhir slips to 19th, Watson vaults into second place in all-rounders’ listing

Spinners dominate the latest Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers with New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori regaining the top spot and no less than four bowlers achieving career-best rankings.

Vettori, who slipped to second behind Sri Lanka fast bowler Nuwan Kulasekara after the home series against India in March this year, has reclaimed the number-one spot after a good series against Pakistan in which he not only inspired the Black Caps to a 2-1 series win but also picked up five wickets in the process.

Vettori’s efforts have helped him leapfrog his team-mate Kyle Mills who has slipped four places to fifth in the latest rankings which were released on Thursday.

The spin quartet of Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan, Zimbabwe’s Ray Price, Nathan Hauritz of Australia and Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal have achieved the best rankings of their careers to date following good performances in their respective series.

Shakib has moved up two places to second position after a good series against Zimbabwe, Price has jumped three places to third after a productive series against South Africa, Hauritz has vaulted seven places to 17th spot after a successful series against India while Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal has rocketed 17 places to 20th spot after the series against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi.

Harbhajan Singh and Shahid Afridi have also returned to the top 10 after good performances against Australia and New Zealand. Harbhajan has jumped 11 places to join Afridi in eighth spot after picking up eight wickets against Australia while Afridi has improved by three places after his five wickets against the Black Caps.

Amongst the fast bowlers, New Zealand’s Jacob Oram has climbed eight places to 11th after his four wickets against Pakistan, Australia’s Doug Bollinger has rocketed 52 places to 69th position after his nine wickets against India but New Zealand’s Shane Bond, Australia duo of Mitchell Johnson and Brett Lee, and India pair of Praveen Kumar and Ishant Sharma have failed to defend their positions.

Bond has slipped two places to seventh spot, Johnson shares 13th spot with South Africa’s Johan Botha after dropping two places, Lee and Kumar have dropped six places each to 22nd and 24th respectively while Sharma has dropped nine places to 35th position.

In the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen, Australia captain Ricky Ponting has continued his upward movement and after a productive series in India in which he scored 267 runs, he has risen to fourth after improving his ranking by two places. Ponting had started the series in eighth position.

Mike Hussey, who was the most successful batsman in India with 313 runs, has strengthened his second position. Along with India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who contributed 285 runs, he is now the only other batsman with more than 800 ratings points.

Also moving up the order is New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman Brendon McCullum who has broken into the top 20 for the first time in his career. McCullum, who scored 228 runs in the series, has jumped 16 places to a career-best 16th spot.

Other batsmen to move in the right direction are South Africa’s JP Duminy in 22nd spot (up by 11 places), Australia’s Shane Watson in 26th position (up by 10 places), Australia’s Cameron White in 42nd spot (up by 25 places) and Zimbabwe’s Brendon Taylor in 47th place (up by 13 places).

India vice-captain Yuvraj Singh leads the list of batsmen who have failed to defend their rankings.

Yuvraj, who started the series in second place, has dropped five places to eighth position, while Gautam Gambhir has dropped four places to share the 19th spot with Sri Lanka’s Sanath Jayasuriya.

Others to lose ground are Shoaib Malik in 22nd spot (down by six places), Ross Taylor in 27th position (down by four places), Younus Khan in 30th place (down by five places) and Mohammad Ashraful in 57th position (down by seven places).

In the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for ODI all-rounders, Watson has achieved a -career-best second ranking after his player-of-the-series performance against India in which he scored 256 runs and took 10 wickets. Besides his 26th place in the batting table, the Queenslander sits in 32nd position in the bowling chart.

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Reliance Mobile ICC ODI Rankings (as of 12 November, after India – Australia, Bangladesh – Zimbabwe, Pakistan – New Zealand and South Africa – Zimbabwe ODI series)

Batsmen

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

1           ( – )          MS Dhoni              Ind          817         50.04     837 v Aus at Delhi 2009

2           ( – )          Mike Hussey        Aus         801         54.07     865 v NZ at Perth 2007

3           (+1)         Graeme Smith      SA           749         41.07     785 v Ind at Kolkata 2005

4           (+2)         Ricky Ponting       Aus         738         43.19     831 v NZ at Hobart 2007

5=        ( – )          AB de Villiers        SA           736         39.29     750 v NZ at Centurion 2009

(+1)         Chris Gayle           WI          736         39.94     808 v Zim at Harare 2003

7           (+1)         S.Chanderpaul     WI          733         41.66     778 v Eng at Guyana 2009

8           (-5)          Yuvraj Singh        Ind          732         37.44     786 v WI at Kingston 2009

9           ( – )          S. Tendulkar         Ind          729         44.50     887 v Zim at Sharjah 1998

10         (-1)          Jacques Kallis       SA           706         45.25     818 v WI at Johannesburg 2004

11         (+1)         V. Sehwag             Ind          683         33.98     787 v NZ at Auckland 2003

12         (-1)          Herschelle Gibbs  SA           682         36.30     752 v SL at Durban 2003

13         ( – )          M. Yousuf             Pak         672         42.79     779 v Zim at Harare 2002

14         (+16)      B. McCullum        NZ          666!       29.42     666 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2009

15         (-1)          Michael Clarke    Aus         659         42.62     751 v SL at Melbourne 2008

16         ( – )          K. Sangakkara     SL           654         35.79     755 v Pak at Colombo (RPS) 2006

17         ( – )          Kevin Pietersen    Eng         653         46.67     842 v Aus at Antigua 2007

18         ( – )          P. Collingwood     Eng         641         35.12     670 v NZ at Bristol 2008

19=       (+1)         S. Jayasuriya        SL           638         32.54     841 v Ban at Pietermaritzburg 2003

(-4)          G. Gambhir           Ind          638         37.03     702 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2009

Bowlers

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

1           (+1)         Daniel Vettori       NZ          719         31.71     4.15       790 v Eng at Christchurch 2008

2           (+2)         Shakib Al Hasan Ban        716!       30.36     4.03       716 v Zim at Chittagong 2009

3           (+3)         Ray Price               Zim         701*!    33.57     3.73       701 v SA at Centurion 2009

4           (-1)          N. Kulasekara      SL           687         27.41     4.50       727 v NZ at Colombo (RPS) 2009

5           (-4)          Kyle Mills              NZ          685         26.45     4.68       723 v Aus at Melbourne 2009

6           (+1)         Dale Steyn            SA           659*      27.15     5.20       662 v Zim at Benoni 2009

7           (-2)          Shane Bond          NZ          652         20.87     4.28       810 v SA at St George’s 2007

8=        (+3)         Shahid Afridi        Pak         636         34.52     4.61       667 v Ind at Dhaka 2008

(+11)      Harbhajan Singh Ind          636         32.97     4.27       738 v WI at Bridgetown 2002

10         (-1)          Ajantha Mendis   SL           635*      16.36     4.14       642 v SA at Centurion 2009

11=       (+8)         Jacob Oram          NZ          630         30.76     4.37       770 v Aus at The Oval 2004

(+2)         M. Muralidaran   SL           630                        22.98     3.91       913 v NZ at Sharjah 2002

13=       (-2)          M. Johnson           Aus         629         26.18     4.98       729 v Ban at Darwin 2008

(-3)          Johan Botha         SA           629         40.20     4.51       665 v Aus at Centurion 2009

15         (-1)          Stuart Broad         Eng         627         26.59     5.13       703 v SA at Trent Bridge 2008

16         (-8)          Nathan Bracken  Aus         626         24.36     4.41       808 v SL at St George’s 2007

17         (+7)         Nathan Hauritz    Aus         622*!    30.29     4.30       622 v Ind at Guwahati 2009

18         (-2)          Andrew Flintoff   Eng         617         24.38     4.39       758 v Ban at Dhaka 2003

19         (-4)          M. Mortaza          Ban        612          29.82     4.57       653 v Zim at Dhaka 2009

20         (+17)      Saeed Ajmal         Pak         610*!    27.51     3.92       610 v NZ at Abu Dhabi 2009

All-rounders

Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Pts          HS Rating

1           ( – )          Shakib Al Hasan Ban        453!       453 v Zim at Chittagong 2009

2           (+6)         Shane Watson      Aus         355!       355 v Ind at Guwahati 2009

3           (-1)          Yuvraj Singh        Ind          337        356 v Aus at Delhi 2009

4           (-1)          Jacques Kallis       SA           331        506 v WI at Bridgetown 2001

5=        ( – )          Shahid Afridi        Pak         321        352 v Ken at Nairobi 2002

(-1)          Jacob Oram          NZ          321        383 v WI at Queenstown 2008

*Indicates a provisional rating

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