Monday, March 12, 2012

ICC ranking for ODI batsmen

ICC ranking for the ODI batsmen has been announced. There is no place for India’s high-profile player Sachin Tendulkar in the top-ten list. He has been ranked in the 29th position. It is the lowest ranking in his career since December 1991, when he had slipped to 31st position. In his 23-year illustrious career, he claimed top position of the ranking first time in February 1996.

However, middle-order batsmen Virat Kohli and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni have become successful to make their inclusion in the top-10 list. Virat Kohli, who has been named vice-captain for Asia Cup, has been ranked at number third while Dhoni secured his place at fifth. However, both of them will be hoping to improve their positions in the ODI players list during the Asia Cup.

Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan are only players from Sri Lanka to be included among the top-ten players. Sangakkara has moved five places to fourth position and Dilshan has jumped four places to 10th place. Both of them played very well in the CB series.

This list sees two Australian batsmen taking place into the top 10. Captain Michael Clarke has been placed at eight. His previous ranking was 10th. Shane Watson has been selected after Clarke.

However, South Africa’s Hashim Amla is leading the ranking claiming the top spot while his compatriot A.B. de Villiers is just behind him as he has been selected in the second spot.

English players Jonathan Trott and Alastair Nail Cook have been positioned at sixth and seventh respectively in the batting chart.