Dubai: Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan is the biggest beneficiary in the ICC's latest ranking, jumping 14 places in the ratings for ODI batsmen and reclaiming the top spot for ODI allrounders.
Shakib, voted Man of the Series in the recent Asia Cup, on Monday moved to a career-high 12th place in the ICC's ODI rankings for batsmen while displacing Shane Watson as the best allrounder in the 50-over format. After scoring 237 runs in the Asia Cup, Shakib earned 27 rating points to end Watson’s brief stay at the top. However, he slipped one place to occupy the eighth position for ODI bowlers after taking just six wickets in four matches.
Meanwhile, India's captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and offspinner R Ashwin moved up to occupy the fourth and sixth positions in the ODI batsmen and bowlers rankings respectively. Dhoni gained a place, while Ashwin climbed up four places to reach his career-best ranking, following his five wickets in three Asia Cup matches in Dhaka.
The other Indian batsmen outside the top 10 but heading in the right direction are Sachin Tendulkar in 27th spot (up by two) and Suresh Raina at 32 (up by four).
Following a 2-2 draw in the five-match series against Australia, three West Indian players have also been the beneficiaries in the allrounders’ rankings. They are Darren Sammny (18-place jump to 16th), Andre Russell (16-place jump to 18th) and Kieron Pollard (19th).
In the batsmen’s rankings, Pollard moved up 17 places to 33rd. Aussie David Warner moved 10 places up to 43rd, while Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez went up eight spots to 40th. Hafeez also improved in the bowlers’ rankings, moving up one spot to the fourth spot.
Watson might have lost his No. 1 allrounder’s position but his 11 wickets against West Indies lifted him nine places to 16th in the bowler’s charts. Kemar Roach, who also took 11 wickets in the series, jumped nine places up to 17th.
In the team rankings, Australia remain at the top despite losing four points following the draw against West Indies.
South Africa retained second position and India its pre-Asia Cup rating of 117 points to be at third.
West Indies gained seven ratings points and joined New Zealand on 86 ratings points at No. 7. Sri Lanka dropped behind England in fifth position after losing all their matches in the Asia Cup, while Pakistan gained a point for their victories over Sri Lanka and Bangladesh and are now sixth in the table.
Bangladesh have also been awarded five ratings points after their stupendous show in the Asia Cup. Even so, they remain ninth in the table ahead of Zimbabwe.