Dubai, Mar 9 IBNS | 9 months ago

India's Virat Kohli has reclaimed the number-one batting position in the latest Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI Batsmen, which were released on Sunday at the conclusion of the Asia Cup which was won by Sri Lanka.

Kohli had entered the Asia Cup, trailing number-one ranked AB de Villiers by two ratings points. Kohli's tournament aggregate of 189 runs in three innings, with 136 against Bangladesh as his series best earned him 12 ratings points, which has put him ahead of South Africa's ODI captain by nine ratings points.

Following his knock of 136, Kohli had achieved his career high rating of 886 but finished with 881 ratings points after scores of 48 (against Sri Lanka) and five (against Pakistan). Kohli didn't bat against Afghanistan.

Kohli was last ranked number-one just before the ODI series against New Zealand in January 2014.

Strong batting performances in the Asia Cup have resulted in a reshuffle of the positions, with Sri Lanka's Lahiru Thirimanne, who won the player of the tournament, making the biggest progress.

The left-handed Sri Lanka opener has jumped 29 places to a career-best 39th position after he totaled 279 runs in the series, including two centuries.

Other batsmen to head in the right direction include Shikhar Dhawan in eighth (up by three place), Ahmed Shehzad in 17th (up by four places), Umar Akmal in 19th (up by six places), Rohit Sharma in 22nd (up by one place), Angelo Mathews in 28th (up by four places), Mushfiqur Rahim in 35th (up by eight places), Shahid Afridi in 44th (up by five places) and Ravindra Jadeja in 50th (up by 12 places).

The latest rakings also include the three-match ODI between the West Indies and England, with Joe Root the biggest mover. Root, who won the player of the series award, has been rewarded with a jump of 29 places which has put him in 43rd position.

Meanwhile, spinning trio of Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammad Hafeez and Ravichandaran Ashwin are the biggest gainers inside the top 20 of the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI Bowlers.

Jadeja has earned four places and is now in fifth position after claiming seven wickets in four matches, Hafeez has climbed three places to 12th after his five wickets, while Ashwin's nine wickets in the series has given him a lift of seven places that has put him in 14th position.

Outside the top 20, player of the final, Lasith Malinga, has jumped 11 places to 22nd. Malinga, who picked five for 56 in the final, was also the highest wicket-taker in the five-team tournament with 11 wickets from four matches.

Other big movers include Mohammad Shami in 26th (up by nine), Sachitra Senanayake in 34th (up by three places), Amit Mishra in 36th (up by five places), Ajantha Mendis in 41st (up by five places) and Suranga Lakmal in 47th (up by 15 places).

Meanwhile, India has been guaranteed to retain its number-two position in the Reliance ICC ODI Team Rankings at the 1 April cut-off date.

India finished with 113 ratings points, just one ahead of third-ranked Sri Lanka, to walk away with a prize of US$75,000. There was no other change in the table with all sides retaining their positions.

Australia was assured of the number-one ranking in the Reliance ICC ODI Team Rankings on the 1 April cut-off date in January after India lost its ODI series against New Zealand 0-4. It will receive the ODI Shield as well as a cheque of US$175,000.

In addition to this, Australia has also won a cash prize of US$370,000 for finishing second on the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings Table on the 1 April cut-off date. So in all, Australia has earned a total prize of US$525,000 from its positions on the rankings tables.

The Asia Cup was the last ODI series before the 1 April cut-off date as focus will now shift to the shortest format of the game with England-West Indies and South Africa-Australia featuring in a total of six T20Is between them from 9 to 14 March.

These matches will serve as final preparations for the ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014, which will take place from 16 March to 6 April. The West Indies men's and Australia women's sides will defend the titles in the event that will take place in Chittagong, Mirpur and Sylhet.

The first confirmed ODI series after the ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014 is between Ireland and Sri Lanka in Dublin. The two-match ODI series will start on 6 May.

Reliance ICC ODI Team Rankings (as on Mar 8 after Asia Cup, West Indies v England and West Indies v Ireland)



Rank (+/-) Team Rating (+/-)

1 Australia 117

2 (-) India 113 (-1)

3 (-) Sri Lanka 112 (+1)

4 South Africa 110

5 (-) England 108 (+1)

6 (-) Pakistan 101 (+2)

7 New Zealand 94

8 (-) West Indies 90 (-1)

9 (-) Bangladesh 79 (-1)

10 Zimbabwe 55

11 Ireland 38

12 (-) Afghanistan 30 (-2)



(Developed by David Kendix)



Reliance ICC ODI Player Rankings (as on 8 March after Asia Cup, West Indies v England and West Indies v Ireland)



Batsmen



Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Ave HS Rating

1 (+1) Virat Kohli Ind 881 52.16 886 v Ban at Fatullah 2014

2 (-1) AB de Villiers SA 872 49.46 883 v Ind at Cardiff 2013

3 ( - ) George Bailey Aus 856*! 53.12 856 v Eng at Adelaide 2014

4 ( - ) Hashim Amla SA 840 53.34 901 v Eng at Trent Bridge 2012

5 ( - ) K Sangakkara SL 833 40.45 853 v Afg at Mirpur 2014

6 ( - ) MS Dhoni Ind 783 53.28 836 v Aus at Delhi 2009

7 ( - ) Jonathan Trott Eng 725 51.25 796 v SA at The Oval 2013

8 (+3) Shikhar Dhawan Ind 723* 41.77 736 v WI at Kanpur 2013

9 (-1) T Dilshan SL 717 37.67 767 v Pak at Sharjah 2013

10 (-2) Misbah-ul-Haq Pak 715 44.38 744 v SL at Fatullah 2014

11 (-1) Ross Taylor NZ 713! 40.07 713 v Ind at Wellington 2014

12 (-1) Kane Williamson NZ 688! 39.51 688 v Ind at Wellington 2014

13 (+1) Shane Watson Aus 676 41.06 773 v SL at Hambantota 2011

14 (+1) Quinton de Kock SA 673*! 46.31 673 v Ind at Centurion 2013

15 (-2) Eoin Morgan Ire/Eng 665 40.09 690 v Aus at The Oval 2010

16 ( - ) Michael Clarke Aus 660 44.66 750 v SL at Melbourne 2008

17= (-1) M Hafeez Pak 654 31.05 665 v Ban at Mirpur 2014

(+4) Ahmed Shehzad Pak 654 34.40 670 v Ban at Mirpur 2014

19 (+6) Umar Akmal Pak 652 38.57 702 v Afg at Sharjah 2012

20 (-2) Alastair Cook Eng 638 38.17 752 v Aus at Lord's 2012



Selected Rankings



Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Ave HS Rating

22 (+1) Rohit Sharma Ind 627 35.69 672 v WI at Kochi 2013

23 (-4) Paul Stirling Ire 620 36.84 693 v Pak at Dublin 2013

28 (+4) Angelo Mathews SL 614! 37.17 614 v Pak at Mirpur 2014

29 ( - ) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 613 34.99 683 v Pak at Mirpur 2012

31 (-1) M Jayawardena SL 593 33.17 738 v WI at Colombo (RPS) 2001

32 (+9) Lendl Simmons WI 588 32.20 629 v Ind at Visakhapatnam 2011

35 (+8) Mushfiqur Rahim Ban 580 28.08 588 v Pak at Mirpur 2014

37 (-4) Kevin O'Brien Ire 577 33.13 602 v Net at Amstelveen 2013

39 (+29) L Thirimanne SL 573! 30.74 573 v Pak at Mirpur 2014

40 (-2) Nasir Hossain Ban 570* 38.36 585 v Zim at Bulawayo 2013

42 (-3) D Chandimal SL 554 31.25 667 v Aus at Adelaide 2012

43 (+29) Joe Root Eng 549* 38.77 585 v SA at The Oval 2013

44= (+5) Shahid Afridi Pak 543 23.44 663 v Ind at Lahore 1997

(-7) Darren Bravo WI 543 31.03 588 v Ind at Kanpur 2013

50 (+15) Dwayne Bravo WI 530 26.13 531 v Eng at Antigua 2014

(+12) Ravindra Jadeja Ind 530! 33.50 530 v Afg at Mirpur 2014



Bowlers



Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Ave Econ HS Rating

1 ( - ) Saeed Ajmal Pak 789 22.25 4.14 810 v SA at Centurion 2013

2 ( - ) Dale Steyn SA 742 25.49 4.79 746 v Ind at Durban 2013

3 ( - ) Sunil Narine WI 714 26.97 4.19 791 v SL at Jamaica 2013

4 ( - ) Steven Finn Eng 681 27.74 4.71 755 v NZ at Auckland 2013

5 (+4) Ravindra Jadeja Ind 676 32.58 4.71 738 v Zim at Bulawayo 2013

6 ( - ) L Tsotsobe SA 674 24.96 4.75 743 v NZ at Auckland 2012

7 ( - ) Morne Morkel SA 673 23.54 4.78 717 v SL at East London 2012

8 (-3) James Anderson Eng 669 29.11 4.97 719 v SA at The Oval 2013

9 ( - ) Clint McKay Aus 666 24.37 4.78 709 v Eng at Cardiff 2013

10 (-2) Rangana Herath SL 651 32.24 4.31 703 v SA at Pallekele 2013

11 (+1) Mitchell Johnson Aus 639 25.88 4.85 724 v Ban at Darwin 2008

12 (+3) M Hafeez Pak 637 35.60 4.06 769 v Ind at Kolkata 2013

13 ( - ) Kyle Mills NZ 633 26.74 4.72 722 v Aus at Melbourne 2009

14 (+7) R Ashwin Ind 616 32.91 4.90 691 v SL at Hambantota 2012

15 (-4) Junaid Khan Pak 613 24.37 4.99 655 v SL at Abu Dhabi 2013

16 (+1) Angelo Mathews SL 608 35.64 4.50 649 v Ind at Trinidad 2013

17= (-1) Kemar Roach WI 607 26.77 4.92 650 v Pak at St Lucia 2013

(-4) Abdur Razzak Ban 607 28.69 4.53 679 v Zim at Bulawayo 2013

( - ) Tim Southee NZ 607 31.52 5.20 633 v Eng at Lord's 2013

20 (-1) Ryan McLaren SA 605 28.11 5.11 617 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013



Selected Rankings



Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Ave Econ HS Rating

21 (-1) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 601 29.60 4.30 717 v Zim at Chittagong 2009

22 (+11) Lasith Malinga SL 599 26.87 5.15 675 v Ban at Colombo (RPS) 2007

23 (-1) B Kumar Ind 596* 37.32 4.74 628 v Aus at Nagpur 2013

26 (+9) M Shami Ind 570* 28.96 5.82 583 v SL at Fatullah 2014

31 (-8) Ravi Rampaul WI 561 30.17 5.11 628 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2011

32= (-1) George Dockrell Ire 559 28.11 4.20 559 v WI at Jamaica 2014

(+8) James Tredwell Eng 559 28.00 4.75 565 v Ire at Malahide 2013

34 (+3) S Senanayake SL 557 39.96 4.69 565 v Ind at Fatullah 2014

35 (-10) Shahid Afridi Pak 554 33.89 4.62 673 v Ban at Mirpur 2011

36= (+5) Amit Mishra Ind 553* 22.77 4.42 570 v Zim at Bulawayo 2013

(-3) Stuart Broad Eng 553 28.37 5.22 701 v SA at Trent Bridge 2008

38 (+1) Tim Bresnan Eng 543 35.20 5.45 605 v Ind at The Oval 2011

41 (+5) Ajantha Mendis SL 521 20.50 4.43 648 v NZ at Colombo (RPS) 2011

42 (-5) Darren Sammy WI 514 44.92 4.56 599 v Can at Jamaica 2010

46 (-4) M Mortaza Ban 500 31.64 4.71 653 v Zim at Mirpur 2009

47= (+6) Dwayne Bravo WI 499 29.73 5.39 601 v SA at Antigua 2010

(+15) Suranga Lakmal SL 499 30.88 5.56 499 v Pak at Mirpur 2014



All-rounders



Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts HS Rating

1 ( - ) M Hafeez Pak 417 438 v Ind at Kolkata 2013

2 (+1) Angelo Mathews SL 373 373 v Pak at Mirpur 2014

3 (-1) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 368 453 v Zim at Chittagong 2009

4 ( - ) Ravindra Jadeja Ind 358 378 v Eng at Edgbaston 2013

5 ( - ) Shane Watson Aus 336 433 v WI at St Lucia 2012

(Posted on 09-03-2014)

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