• Tahir, Miller climb ODI rankings

    Imran Tahir’s performances at the World Cup has seen him soar on the ICC’s ODI rankings, while AB de Villiers has solidified his place as the number one batsman in the world.

    Wrist spinner Tahir, Australia paceman Mitchell Starc and Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Irfan have all achieved career-best rankings.

    Tahir has jumped seven places to fourth following his nine wickets in three matches, Starc has gained two places to fifth following his eight wickets in two matches and Irfan’s five wickets have given him a place inside the top 10 in 10th place following a rise of six places.

    The latest rankings, released on Monday, confirm Tahir’s importance to the South African bowling attack, and he will be keen to continue his good form when the Proteas meet Ireland in Canberra on Tuesday.

    The batting table is headed by De Villiers, who leads second-ranked Kumar Sangakkara and Hashim Amla by 49 ratings points. De Villiers with 217 runs is sixth in the list of leading run-getters in the tournament to date and is just two ratings points short of becoming only the 11th batsman to break the 900-point barrier since the introduction of the current ODI player rankings system.

    West Indies’ Chris Gayle with 258 runs is second on the list of top run-scorers for which he has been rewarded with a leap of five places that, in turn, has put him in 52nd place along with Afghanistan’s Samiullah Shenwari (up by 12 places).

    New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum and South Africa’s David Miller are the biggest movers in the latest rankings.

    McCullum has jumped 10 places to 18th following his 207 runs in four matches to date, while Miller has moved up 14 places to 23rd as his three innings have yielded 180 runs to date.

    Australia remain the number one ODI team on 120 points, followed by India (116) and South Africa (113).

    ODI batting rankings

    Rank (+/-) Player Team Points Ave
    1 (-) AB de Villiers SA 898 52.93
    2= (+2) Kumar Sangakarra SL 849 41.55
    (-) Hashim Amla SA 849 55.68
    4 (-1) Virat Kohli Ind 847 52.17
    5 (+1) T. Dilshan SL 798 39.46
    6 (-1) Kane Williamson NZ 789 47.29
    7 (-) Shikar Dhawan Ind 784 44.59
    8 (+4) Aaron Finch Aus 734 38.92
    9 (+1) George Bailey Aus 718 42.02
    10 (-2) MS Dhoni Ind 712 51.86

    ODI bowling rankings

    Rank (+/-) Player Team Points Ave
    1 (-) Saeed Ajmal Pak 733 22.18
    2 (-) Sunil Narine WI 719 26.49
    3 (-) Dale Steyn SA 708 25.58
    4 (+7) Imran Tahir SA 703 19.40
    5 (+2) Mitchell Starc Aus 687 19.89
    6 (-1) Mitchell Johnson Aus 667 25.73
    7= (-3) James Anderson Eng 663 29.31
    (-1) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 663 28.15
    9 (+5) Daniel Vettori NZ 647 31.82
    10 (+6) Mohammed Irfan Pak 641 29.64