West Indies mystery spinner Sunil Narine has successfully retained his top position in the latest ICC ODI bowlers rankings following an impressive run in the recently concluded tri-nation series. He has left behind New Zealand seamer Trent Boult by a staggering 28 points in a list which is mostly dominated by the quicker bowlers. Unfortunately no Indian bowlers in the top 10 list.
However, right-arm quickee Hazlewood made the most out of it with a giant stride of 20 spots to claim a career best ranking of 15th. He flew under the radar for much of the tournament but that’s a mark of Hazlewood’s consistency. The beanpole quick produced arguably the best ball of the series to clean bowl AB de Villiers, and stood up when it counted most with a five-wicket haul in the final.
Mitchell Starc remains the highest ranked Australian bowler at number five, also he’s the only bowler from the number one ranked team Australian squad to make it to the top ten.
Following an outstanding comeback after an ankle surgery, the Aussie pacer still in contention to break the record for fastest to 100 ODI wickets. The 26-year old now needs only two wickets in his next match to surpass Saqlain Mushtaq.
Starc made a welcome return to competitive cricket after a six month layoff and pretty much picked up where he left off. Despite being rotated out of the side on a couple of occasions he still produced several eye-catching performances and troubled batsmen from South Africa and West Indies when he hit top speed.
Meanwhile, despite enjoying the status of leading wicket-keeper in the Windies tri-series with 13 wickets from six matches, in-form South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir has slipped down one spot to 4th. He is behind the third-placed Shakib Al Hasan by six points.
Having opted out of the World T20 earlier this year after question marks were raised over his bowling arm, Narine has made stunning come back with a refurbished, more mysterious action.
Good news for South Africa is they have the most bowlers in the top ten list with Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel joining Imran Tahir.
Sadly, no Indian bowler has found a place in the list as Ravichandran Ashwin remains the best ranked at 11th. No. 10 Mohammad Irfan from Pakistan winds up the list with 616 rating points and it’s only ten more than Ashwin’s.
TOP 10 ODI BOWLERS
- S. Narine – 759
- T. Boult – 731
- Shakib Al Hassan – 699
- Imran Tahir – 693
- M. Starc – 681
- M. Henry – 675
- D. Steyn – 645
- K. Rabada – 645
- M. Morkel – 628
- Mohammad Irfan – 616
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