India maintain second spot in latest ICC ODI ranking post series sweep

Dubai, July 16 (ANI): India have maintained their second place in the ICC ODI ranking following their 3-0 victory over Zimbabwe, while their sub continental rivals Bangladesh, have cemented their seventh position after their inaugural series win over South Africa.

The 2-1 triumph helped Bangladesh to cement its ICC Champions Trophy 2017 qualification and it has also closed the gap on sixth-placed England to two points, while the Proteas remain in fourth place but have dropped three rankings points to 109.

In batsman rankings, Soumya Sarkar had vaulted 35 places in the ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen to a career high 15th with 671 points.

The top 10 remains unchanged which means that AB de Villiers in first position, and captain Hashim Amla in third, are the leading batsmen for South Africa. Faf du Plessis has gained one place to 17th after scoring 110 runs in the series.

In the ICC Players Rankings for ODI Bowlers, Shakib Al Hasan has moved up one place to seventh and now lies just one place behind Australia’s Mitchell Johnson. Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Murtaza has moved upto 26th position. But the biggest movers were Rubel Hossain (up 15 places to 40th), Mustafizur Rahman (up 19 to 69th), Mahmudullah (up 15 to 75th) and Nasir Hossain (up 18 to a career high 92nd).

Leg-spinner Imran Tahir has dropped three places to fifth in a disappointing series for the South Africa attack this time around, with no front line bowlers making upward progressions in the top 100.

Shakib retains his number one spot in the ICC Player Rankings for ODI All-rounders.

Meanwhile, following India’s 3-0 series victory over Zimbabwe which concluded earlier this week, a number of players on both sides have made significant gains.

In the batting ranks, Suresh Raina has moved up one place to 19th, but the biggest mover in the series was Zimbabwe’s Chamu Chibhabha whose 157 runs in the three games (including two half centuries and a top score of 82) vaulted the 28-year-old 33 places to 89th.

Indian medium pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has climbed four places to 12th in the bowling rankings after taking five wickets for 80 in the series. There were also gains for his team-mates Akshar Patel (up 18 to a career high 47th), Mohit Sharma (up seven places to 51st) and Harbhajan Singh who lies just outside the top 100 in 101st position, but has climbed a noteworthy 154 places. For Zimbabwe, Tendai Chatara (up one to 31st) and Prosper Utseya (up one to 37th), were the chief movers. (ANI)

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