Sunil Narine becomes number one bowler in ODI in the world
Sunil Narine becomes number one bowler in ODI in the world

In a latest release, International Cricket Council(ICC) has announced that West Indian spinner Sunil Narine has jumped to the peak of the ICC ODI rankings for bowlers after his brilliant bowling display in the tri-series.
The mystery spinner had led New Zealand pacer Trent Boult by three points going before series. The off-spinner has now increased the gap between him and the Kiwi pacer by a huge 28 points after claiming eight wickets in the tri-series to date.

South Africa leg-spinner Imran Tahir, who is the leading wicket-taker in the series with 13 wickets,has jumped three places to claim the third position.

Meanwhile, Indian spinner Axar Patel and Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood have achieved career-best rankings.

Patel, who took three wickets against Zimbabwe, has jumped an impressive 20 places to claim the 13th position  and is now just three places behind India’s highest-ranked bowler Ravichandran Ashwin. Meanwhile, Hazlewood has broken into the top 20 for the first time and is in 17th position after rising 19 places.
Young Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah, who finished the ODI series in Zimbabwe as its wickets taker with wickets, has jumped 125 places to claim the 97th position, while Dhawal Kulkarni’s five wickets in the series have lifted him 29 places to 88th.

Meanwhile, the batting rankings also witnessed a few changes. Sri Lankan opener Tillakaratne Dilshan and New Zealand team-mates Kane Williamson of New Zealand and Martin Guptill have benefitted from Indian opener Rohit Sharma’s absence from the series against Zimbabwe and Quinton de Kock’s poor form to jump in the ranking. Dilshan and Williamson are now  joint fourth in the ranking, while Kiwi opener Guptill is in sixth position following Sharma’s fall to seventh and de Kock’s eighth position.

In the team ranking, 50-overs World champion are at numero uno position with 122 points. They are followed by New Zealand, South Africa and India.

Meanwhile, sixth placed England would try to leapfrog fifth placed Sri Lanka, when the two teams lock horns against each other in the upcoming five match ODI-series starting from June 21. England trails Sri Lanka by only two points. The English team will have to win by a margin of 4-1 to surpass the island nation.  A 5-0 win for England will see them finishing the series with 108 points while Sri Lanka will finish with 100 points. On the other side, if Sri Lanka blank England by 5-0, they will join India on 110 points but will be ranked ahead of India when the points are calculated beyond the decimal point. A 3-2 series will gain one points, while England will drop one point.

A win each against Australia and South Africa have helped them to gain five valuable points. With 93 points they are currently placed at the 8th position. They have a chance to leapfrog  seventh positioned Bangladesh if they remain unbeaten in the remaining matches of the tri-series.

As England along with the next seven highest ranked sides as on 30 September 2017 will qualify directly for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, every point is very valuable. And more importantly for the teams clustered in the middle of the pack, with only 18 points separating the fifth-ranked Sri Lanka and ninth-ranked Pakistan.

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