The series between Australia and India, in which total 3,159 runs were scored, proved bowlers have a difficult time and this is reflected in the latest ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers in which most of the ranked bowlers have been unable to defend their pre-series rankings.
Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has dropped two places to 11th, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has slipped seven places to 20th, James Faulkner has plummeted seven places to 27th, Axar Patel has fallen four places to 33rd and Umesh Yadav has plunged five places to 41st.
The only bowlers inside the top 50 to improve their ranking are India’s Ravindra Jadeja, who is in 22nd place, and John Hastings of Australia at a career-best 49th. Outside top 50 Ishant Sharma gained 15 places and is now in 71st spot.
Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc missed the series against India, resulting in him dropping from the number one position. Starc had moved to the top after he bowled Australia to the ICC Cricket World Cup victory last year in March.
Starc’s slip means New Zealand’s Trent Boult will start the three-match series against Pakistan as the number-one ranked bowler. He leads Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan, in second place, by seven points.
In the series against Pakistan, New Zealand will have an opportunity to move ahead of third-ranked South Africa. However, to make it happen, it will have to win all three matches against Pakistan.
Since the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, Pakistan has played 18 ODIs in which it has won eight and lost nine. In contrast, New Zealand has played 16 ODIs in the same period and has won eight and lost seven. In this background, there is very little to choose between the two sides, which are separated by 24 points on the ICC ODI Team Championship table.
Meanwhile, India, after winning the Sydney ODI, has retained it second position on the ICC ODI Team Championship. It trails Australia by 15 points but is just one point ahead of South Africa, which will play five ODIs against sixth-ranked England from 3-14 February.
2)Shakib Al Hasan
6) Morne Morkel
8) Saeed Ajmal
9) James Anderson
9) West Indies