ICL: Indian Cricket League

Pakistan back at third, India drops to fifth


India’s failure to reach the final of the tri-series in Malaysia has resulted in Rahul Dravid’s side dropping two places to fifth position in the ICC ODI Championship table.

India has the same number of points as Pakistan and New Zealand but now sits below both sides in a tightly packed section of that table when the ratings are re-calculated to three decimal places.

India has the chance to regain that lost ground soon enough, with the ICC Champions Trophy starting on October 7 and that event, with 21 matches in 30 days, should ensure plenty more movement in the ICC ODI Championship table.

Australia, which had a lead of just four rating points over second-placed South Africa at one stage during the tournament, has now secured some extra breathing space between itself and its nearest rival with that margin extended to seven points.

The West Indies now stands seventh in the table, three points clear of England and five rating points behind Sri Lanka. Australian batsman Michael Hussey has gone to the top of the ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen for the first time following a continuation of his outstanding form at the highest level

Having started the recent tri-series against India and the West Indies in Kuala Lumpur in seventh place in those rankings, Hussey has shot into first spot after averaging 152 in the tournament.

Hussey is still six innings short of qualifying for a full ranking but his performances have already placed him among a select group of players. Only 12 batsmen have reached higher ratings than Hussey’s mark of 805 points in the last ten years.

And although nobody has reached 900 rating points since South Africa’s Gary Kirsten in 1996, the Australian left-hander could do exactly that if he continues to bat well in next month’s ICC Champions Trophy.

Hussey replaces fellow Australian Adam Gilchrist at the top of the Player Rankings with the wicket-keeper not playing in the Malaysia tournament. He has also leapfrogged his captain Ricky Ponting, who slips to fourth overall. West Indian Ramnaresh Sarwan has also moved above Ponting, into third position.

Brian Lara has moved up seven places over the course of the tournament, despite still languishing at an unusually low 25th, while the biggest mover is Australia’s wicket-keeper for the tri-series Brad Haddin, who has risen 63 places to 94th spot.

For the bowlers, Brett Lee is back into second place in the ICC Player Rankings following an excellent tournament. Although he only played three games in the tri-series, Lee took 12 wickets, four more than his nearest rival.

Lee is still well behind South Africa’s Shaun Pollock who retains his status as the world’s top-ranked bowler and all-rounder in ODIs.

ICC ODI Ranking

Team Matches Points Rating

1 Australia 28 3655 131

2 South Africa 24 2978 124

3 Pakistan 23 2561 111

4 New Zealand 18 2003 111

5 India 34 3780 111

6 Sri Lanka 31 3325 107

7 West Indies 23 2354 102

8 England 23 2278 99

9 Zimbabwe 22 729 33

10 Bangladesh 23 750 33

11 Kenya 9 0 0
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