ICC news November 12, 2011

Sangakkara returns to No. 1 in Test rankings

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Kumar Sangakkara has replaced Jacques Kallis at the top of the ICC's rankings for Test batsmen, following his strong showing against Pakistan in the UAE. On the bowling front, Dale Steyn extended his lead at the top, while a lethal spell with the ball against South Africa has catapulted Shane Watson into the top ten.

Kallis, who has led the batting rankings for much of the year, dropped three rating-points after his first-innings' duck - his first in four years - against Australia in Cape Town. Sangakkara had scored 516 runs - the second-highest aggregate in a Test series for Sri Lanka - in the three matches against Pakistan, with two hundreds and two half-centuries at an average of 86.00. He was previously No.1 in January this year, before being displaced by Kallis and Sachin Tendulkar. Since then, he has scored 923 runs at a little over 54.00 to regain the top spot.

Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla, who scored fourth-innings' tons to steer South Africa to an eight-wicket win, were the biggest movers in the last week. Smith gained eight places to move into No. 7, while Amla gained four places to slot in at No. 8. Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who scored a century in a losing cause against India in Delhi, has also moved up a place to No. 6.

In the bowlers' rankings, Steyn is still comfortably No. 1 and, significantly, has gone past 900 rating-points. He is only the 20th bowler cross the landmark. Steyn, who had begun the Cape Town Test on 899 ratings points, claimed six wickets in the match to finish on 902 points.

Morne Morkel has gained a place in the rankings, displacing Graeme Swann at No. 3. The biggest gainer, though, is Watson, jumping 15 spots to be No. 10, following his 21-ball five-for in Cape Town. He has also gained two places on the allrounders' rankings and is now at No. 3, behind Kallis and Daniel Vettori. Debutant Vernon Philander, whose five-for helped raze Australia for 47 in Cape Town, has entered the rankings in 49th position.

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  • Zohair.ul.hasan on November 15, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    One of Pakistan's players must have been Ranked No. 1 due to win 1-0 in the test matches and Pakistan also did more effort than Sirilanka.Thus Pakistan's players must have been the No.1 test players.Everyone agrees that Pakistan must be at No.1. I LOVE PAKISTAN! And not only that i love Pakistan i am writing this Pakistan really did good effort.Thank You! From, Zohair.ul.Hasan

  • chad_reid on November 15, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    SHANE WATSON IS IN THE TOP 10 IN 5 OF THE 7 CATEGORIES WHAT AN ACHIEVEMNT WELL DONE WATTO

  • VinodGupte on November 15, 2011, 5:00 GMT

    there they go again. no matter what the discussion is, my fellow countrymen have to discuss indian stars. give it a break. talk about sangakkara and steyn, not about SRT and Dravid. BTW, five ENG bowlers in top 10 and some people have doubts whether ENG is really # 1. eagerly waiting for ENG to play in whites.

  • Indian_gandu on November 15, 2011, 2:03 GMT

    well done SANGA..Your records are great in all pitches...not like ST,RD & Co,

  • JG2704 on November 14, 2011, 23:20 GMT

    @Gupta.Ankur - Dravid yes , but even Sachin seems to have struggled overseas in recent times. He's been stuck on the 99th ton for some time

  • JG2704 on November 14, 2011, 23:18 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs - a bee in your bonnet there. Pretty much all the comms have been pro Sangakkara , where are all these comms you talk about saying that it's easy to bat in Asia. It's easier for guys like KS , Jayawardene , Tendulkar , Gambir to play on Asian pitches because that's where they've been playing all their lives just like guys like Bell , Trott and Cook are likely to fair better on seaming pitches. Same thing with bowlers.

  • on November 14, 2011, 16:47 GMT

    Proud to be a Sangster! (Y)

  • marcs on November 14, 2011, 16:03 GMT

    The recent comment that I see about Sanga is probably on the harsher side considering the fact that sanga has been one of the classiest batsmen in mordern times and his averages against Aus/SA/NZ in the respective home turfs is no way less than that of Dravid / Sachin. One should probably wtch his 192 against Aus or the recent 119 against England to gauge how good a player he is. Ranking of course is left to the experts and I am not here to comment on it.

  • Gupta.Ankur on November 14, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    Sangakkara like most of other SL players can score runs only in asia.......Dravid/Tendulkar have been the only ones who done consistently well overseas and that too sometime all alone...

  • ScareCrow93 on November 14, 2011, 6:44 GMT

    Great players adopt the game so well.. They change according to the format they play and the conditions.. Just look at Sangakkara. He's everywhere; ODI rankings, Test rankings AND ALSO T20 rankings. You need players like that in your team. Also Morkel and Steyn even though Steyn is not on the T20 list he still bowls really well in all formats. Put them on any pitch they'll do well because they carry classiness with them. Peace! P.S- It'll be interesting to see the battle between Sangakkara and Steyn for Christmas. Give your comments.. Sangakkara or Steyn? :) Thank you!

  • Zohair.ul.hasan on November 15, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    One of Pakistan's players must have been Ranked No. 1 due to win 1-0 in the test matches and Pakistan also did more effort than Sirilanka.Thus Pakistan's players must have been the No.1 test players.Everyone agrees that Pakistan must be at No.1. I LOVE PAKISTAN! And not only that i love Pakistan i am writing this Pakistan really did good effort.Thank You! From, Zohair.ul.Hasan

  • chad_reid on November 15, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    SHANE WATSON IS IN THE TOP 10 IN 5 OF THE 7 CATEGORIES WHAT AN ACHIEVEMNT WELL DONE WATTO

  • VinodGupte on November 15, 2011, 5:00 GMT

    there they go again. no matter what the discussion is, my fellow countrymen have to discuss indian stars. give it a break. talk about sangakkara and steyn, not about SRT and Dravid. BTW, five ENG bowlers in top 10 and some people have doubts whether ENG is really # 1. eagerly waiting for ENG to play in whites.

  • Indian_gandu on November 15, 2011, 2:03 GMT

    well done SANGA..Your records are great in all pitches...not like ST,RD & Co,

  • JG2704 on November 14, 2011, 23:20 GMT

    @Gupta.Ankur - Dravid yes , but even Sachin seems to have struggled overseas in recent times. He's been stuck on the 99th ton for some time

  • JG2704 on November 14, 2011, 23:18 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs - a bee in your bonnet there. Pretty much all the comms have been pro Sangakkara , where are all these comms you talk about saying that it's easy to bat in Asia. It's easier for guys like KS , Jayawardene , Tendulkar , Gambir to play on Asian pitches because that's where they've been playing all their lives just like guys like Bell , Trott and Cook are likely to fair better on seaming pitches. Same thing with bowlers.

  • on November 14, 2011, 16:47 GMT

    Proud to be a Sangster! (Y)

  • marcs on November 14, 2011, 16:03 GMT

    The recent comment that I see about Sanga is probably on the harsher side considering the fact that sanga has been one of the classiest batsmen in mordern times and his averages against Aus/SA/NZ in the respective home turfs is no way less than that of Dravid / Sachin. One should probably wtch his 192 against Aus or the recent 119 against England to gauge how good a player he is. Ranking of course is left to the experts and I am not here to comment on it.

  • Gupta.Ankur on November 14, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    Sangakkara like most of other SL players can score runs only in asia.......Dravid/Tendulkar have been the only ones who done consistently well overseas and that too sometime all alone...

  • ScareCrow93 on November 14, 2011, 6:44 GMT

    Great players adopt the game so well.. They change according to the format they play and the conditions.. Just look at Sangakkara. He's everywhere; ODI rankings, Test rankings AND ALSO T20 rankings. You need players like that in your team. Also Morkel and Steyn even though Steyn is not on the T20 list he still bowls really well in all formats. Put them on any pitch they'll do well because they carry classiness with them. Peace! P.S- It'll be interesting to see the battle between Sangakkara and Steyn for Christmas. Give your comments.. Sangakkara or Steyn? :) Thank you!

  • johnathonjosephs on November 14, 2011, 5:19 GMT

    So much bias against the subcontinent teams. Who is anybody to say that the subcontinent has flat tracks? In the subcontinent, there are tracks suited for spin and outside the subcontinent, it is usually for pace/seamers. Why is the subcontinent looked down upon for giving spin friendly tracks? If Sri Lanka/India/Pakistan are so easy to bat on, how come all the English/South African/West Indian/Australian/New Zealand players don't average 50+ there? Let this man be. He prevented a Pakistan win twice in 3 games and that alone (regardless of the conditions) is enough to give him credit for his runs. If the Dubai wickets are so flat, how did Pakistan produce a win there against Sri Lanka? They must have extremely good bowlers to produce such an event on a flat wicket... If thats true why isn't any Pakistan bowler on the Top 10 Bowlers list? People stop being biased. Sanga is a class guy and his concentration is with him now

  • JG2704 on November 13, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    @ jonesy2 - Ryan Harris is better than Steyn then - And you expect people to take you seriously?

  • JG2704 on November 13, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    @chandau - You're saying that English bowlers come to India and get a hammering. May I pick you up on 2 things here. 1 - English bowlers (and batsmen for that matter) have not played test cricket in India recently.Granted English bowlers/batsmen performed (in the main) badly vs India and I'm sure those players will have dropped down the OD rankings because of it but the only things that should affect the test player rankings is test form or inactivity. 2 - Swann had a bad time in India but Englands other 2 top 10 test bowlers didn't even play in the ODI's. Maybe they would also struggle in tests in the subcontinent too. These rankings tend to even out and if these players do struggle in the subcontinent then their rankings will drop

  • on November 13, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    where are the pak players ranking

  • on November 13, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    You are the Best Batsman SL produced to World Test Cricket. You deserved this no. 1 position. Sanga has done this for a long period of time. Congrads !!!!!! Sanga got a lots of unfortunate decisions specially in AUS, NZ and SA. Even with that he has produced the goods...This is all about Test cricket....people can say 1000s of words to undermine this...But you are a true Sri Lankan....All the best for your future...Please deliver those good Test innings specially in SA.. Thanks for entertaining us for a long period......Good Luck Sanga !!!!

  • ratedstfu44 on November 13, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    fron 2006 sangAkkara is no.1 ....every 1 knows, no need to republish rankings

  • on November 13, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    Sanga, after you have given up the Capatainship u can easily diffrenciate what is going on to Srilankan Cricket and presently our spin Deapartment is very weak, no proven match winner like Murali with us, we r suffering a lot by this, hence, Sanga! as a Srilankan who likes our Country like my mother saying, please take two decisions to save our country immediately , one is to take immediate step to take over the captainship, other one is however to convince Murali for reconsidering his retairement to play to our country again similar decision taken by Saeed Afridi now.

  • cricfan800 on November 13, 2011, 12:49 GMT

    Dale Steyn a Superb Bowler!He deserves to be No.1!!!!

  • on November 13, 2011, 12:26 GMT

    Again The Lion, Come On Sanga we are proud of you

  • on November 13, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    Sanga.. Congrats.. You are a proud son of Sri Lanka. Even under pressure you are able to score.. You must lead the team to bring unity and winning pleasure for fans. I would urge you to consider taking captaincy and do the need ful to our country. Forget about cheap politics araound. U proud man to be blessed by many hears all over the world. Cricket is your life...

  • SamRoy on November 13, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    Truth is (well all cricket pundits will rubbish me) Sangakkara has been the best batsman since 2007 in test cricket. I am not saying for a one year period or a one test series period; I am saying for a long period. It always been like this 94-96 Lara, 96-99 Sachin, 99-01 no one specific, 2002-2006 Ponting, 2007-2011 Sangakkara.

  • on November 13, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    where the hell is Saeed Ajmal...?

  • on November 13, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    Sanga u deserve the top rank, keep going bro.

  • on November 13, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    Sanga ur da best, keep up da gud work. GOLANKAGO!!!!

  • miafridi on November 13, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    No, It doesn't depend on playing conditions only. It also depends on other conditions but the most prominent condition is the score ratio. Means a score of 50 made by a batsmen in a total of 100 runs is better than a 100 made by the batsman in a total of 300 runs.

  • Technique on November 13, 2011, 9:33 GMT

    Yep, well done Sanga. Eventhough statistics are not everything, they are 100% true to the algorithm, so better give due respect to the algorithms. If you look carefully, the best career-best has been, Ponting->942 then Sanga->938, both pretty good players.

  • Musny on November 13, 2011, 9:30 GMT

    Well done sanga. inshallah u will achieve more & more.Keep it up.

  • chandau on November 13, 2011, 9:26 GMT

    Funny how a fiver in very bowling friendly conditions earn Watson points. As a matter of fact isnt the last SA V OZ test venue due for a warning? Talk about bias; OZ and SL play a five day match and Galle gets a warning for excessive turn! Twety odd wickets fall in one day but the pitch is fantastic and great for test cricket. No wonder people feel victimized by ICC. And for all those who sing praise of Steyn; he is a very good bowler in fact the best remaining pacie in the world BUT getting wickets in helpful conditions aint such a big deal. The English pacies got tons of wickets against SL and India in Englands overcast conditions. They come to India and got hammered around till balls lost shape. Then Cooks and Trotts and Bells; how many runs did they make on the so called flat tracks of Asia. But they say Sanga does not merit #1 coz he bats on flat tracks. LOL classy batters will make runs anywhere be it asia OZ or SA. Haters and losers just complain and have excuses.

  • on November 13, 2011, 9:10 GMT

    Sanga is well ahead of all of them comparing to his great class." Bit of an exaggeration, Kallis is a top class batsman, Bell has averaged 118 in 8 tests in 2011 and Cook has got 19 test centuries before his 27th birthday. Sanga deserves his top ranking but he's not miles ahead of the rest.

  • bilalAWAN on November 13, 2011, 9:06 GMT

    Saeed ajmal is no.1 bowler in 2011(leading wicket taker) and he is not in top 10.... Very much biased!!!

  • on November 13, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    Sanga is the king of batting

  • on November 13, 2011, 8:48 GMT

    All the best Sanga ! take the leadership again and take us to the match winners team

  • on November 13, 2011, 8:11 GMT

    congratulation,sanga, you are allways number one cricketer

  • Mark00 on November 13, 2011, 7:14 GMT

    The rankings account for playing conditions. Sanga scoring so many runs in conditions where other batsmen struggled probably has a lot to do with why he's back at number one. His consistency at the top of the rankings, alongside or better than someone like Ponting, is probably due, in part, to the fact that he's got a better test average in Australia, India, New Zealand, and Sri Lanka than Ricky Ponting and the fact that Ricky Ponting has always been an utter failure on the alleged "flat tracks" of India. Maybe we need to reconsider what we think of as "flat tracks."

  • on November 13, 2011, 6:32 GMT

    We Sri Lankans are Proud to have Kumar Sangakkara in our Cricket Team... Hats off sir...

  • on November 13, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    Where is saeed Ajmal who is top wicket taker in 2011? I think it is all rubbish. Shan Watson who have taken five wicket haul is in topn ten now while Junaid Khan who also took 5 wickets against Sri Lanka is not there. I don't agree with ICC ranking.

  • on November 13, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    congratz sanga we are always with u

  • on November 13, 2011, 5:45 GMT

    i am pleased with sangakkara being number one, although realistically everyone knows he should be in the top 5. sorting out the number one among the worlds top 5 is not particularly important. i hope he gets some good runs in south africa. i suspect jayawardena won't, but sangakkara should.

  • on November 13, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    once again AT NO 1

  • Romenevans on November 13, 2011, 5:30 GMT

    Dale Steyn is the only deserving player who's on top. Be it bwoling or batting, its so tough to beat Steyn's commitment for his game. Such a super attitude rockstar!

  • on November 13, 2011, 5:28 GMT

    @bMike "Kallis , Cook, Bell? Sanga is well ahead of all of them comparing to his great class." Bit of an exaggeration, Kallis is a top class batsman, Bell has averaged 118 in 8 tests in 2011 and Cook has got 19 test centuries before his 27th birthday. Sanga deserves his top ranking but he's not miles ahead of the rest.

  • on November 13, 2011, 5:26 GMT

    as usual sanga again welldone sanga do well in odis & prove ur self in sa the only place u didn't score a test century the place whre you start your career and shut the mouth of those who are criticising you chilax

  • on November 13, 2011, 4:46 GMT

    I think many gets this wrong. If the system is this, we have to admit that. Sanga hasn't always been no. 1, then why you have so many problems when he is no.1 after scoring over 500 runs in a series? These are test matches and you cannot hope one player can win matches. If thats the case, India wouldn't have 0-4 against England when they had Sachin and Dravid. If you want to see teams rankings, look at them and this is not a place to see team rankings, this is about player rankings. After all, any of you who conderms Sanga for batting tracks, say about how its dificult for sub continental bowlers or how South African bowlers benefit being played in bowling pitches? Why do you have double standards? If you appreciate England or South African bowlers after playing on bowling pitches, why you cannot appreciate sub continent batsmen when they score. After all, that Abu Dabi series hadn't been played on batting pitches (PA dropped catches for a draw in 1st match while rains helped the 3rd)

  • on November 13, 2011, 4:16 GMT

    Good for Chanderpaul. Hope he can get many more centuries.

    And congratz to #1 Kumar Sangakkara.

  • on November 13, 2011, 3:18 GMT

    The author should put a hyperlink to the rating table inside the article. it's common sense

  • bMike on November 13, 2011, 3:09 GMT

    Sangakkara has already been number 1 quite a few times in last 5 years and he was always among top 5 for past 7-8 years.Sanga has played test matches with almost every country (@ home and away ) during that period and I guess there is no any other batsman who was able to keep such a consistent form for such a long time in recent past. So there would be no doubts about Sanga's number 1 position. On the other hand see who are the other top ranking batsmen followed him. Kallis , Cook, Bell? Sanga is well ahead of all of them comparing to his great class.

  • on November 13, 2011, 2:57 GMT

    Steyn Proved that he is one of the gets by getting 900 rankings which is regarded as a milestone since the inception of the ranking system. ONly 20 bowlers achieved and steyn is currently 17th in the ranking and many move 2/3 places up if he performs well in the 2nd test..And Moreover he is the 2nd southafrican bowler after the GREAT SHAun POLLOCK to did it..

  • nlambda on November 13, 2011, 2:17 GMT

    Sanga is a very good player but #1 flatters him. I am keen to see how he performs in SA. My hunch is he will struggle, but let us wait and watch.

  • desiboy454 on November 13, 2011, 1:15 GMT

    2 well deserved players at the top. Sanga is a great sport and a gentleman. Very talented batsmen. Watto is awesome, but he needs some help from his teammates and management to make sure he bats just as well as he bowls in tests. ODIs he's awesome at the top. STEYN is untouchable.. a dedicated and competitive cricketer. I think after Mcgrath retired, there was a shortage of real fast bowlers.. Brett Lee kept it up, but due to his inuries hasnt been able to stay in tests, ZAK and Anderson have become amazing as well. But DALE STEYN is a beast!!!

  • Cpt.Meanster on November 12, 2011, 22:18 GMT

    I don't care anymore about these foolish individual stats and rankings. I care more for a team's ranking and performance as a whole. Who cares if Sanga is no.1 and his team is losing pretty much everything ? not a true Sri Lankan fan. But he deserves any accolade given his honest attitude towards the game. He's a true gentleman and a critic of cricket politics.

  • S.Jagernath on November 12, 2011, 22:00 GMT

    This ranking system is definitely flawed.I wonder if takes into account where the player plays and against who.Runs at home should count for less,especially against lesser teams.But South Africa will sort out all talk abt him being the best batsman in the world.Cannot wait to watch Jayawardene & Sangakkara squirm.I hope Russell Arnold tours as their representing commentator too

  • piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on November 12, 2011, 21:44 GMT

    This flat track bully Sangakara (and other SL batsmen) will be found out if they ever play in SA and Eng. Just stick to Dubai, Sharjah and Kandy so that you can keep your rankings.

  • atiq_pak on November 12, 2011, 21:35 GMT

    Clearly it makes fun 1 five haul put watson in top ten, ajmal had four 5 haul but not in top ten, ajmal had 41 wickets in 2011 , watson i dont think total in career, come on guys, what the hell on a bowling track 5 wicket are so much over rated, every body had seen On UAE batting tracks it difficult to get even 1 wicket.

  • on November 12, 2011, 20:57 GMT

    well done Sanga.You have the real class ,just keep it up,help to bring it on young players like Chandimal otherwise there wont be any body to see watch S.L.cricket in the future.Your ranking wont be changing anywhere in the world y play. in the, world knows about it.y are a role model for the whole cricketing world.just keep it up mate.all the best for you and yr family for years to come.

  • Herath-UK on November 12, 2011, 20:42 GMT

    Well done Sanga,keep the lion flag fluttering high! Ranil Herath -Kent

  • spence1324 on November 12, 2011, 20:13 GMT

    @Anura malaweera I take it you are talking about your own teams bowling attack,because englands is anything but lackluster!

  • on November 12, 2011, 19:58 GMT

    ALWAYS HE IS A DYNAMIC CRICKETER

  • Asghar_Shahzad on November 12, 2011, 19:32 GMT

    Pakistan Supporters, just forget the current ranking system for test/ODI/T20 formats for players and teams. Lets pray that Pakistan team performs as per their abilities & talent. Every neutral cricket supporter knows that they posses the best God-gifted talent.

  • on November 12, 2011, 19:27 GMT

    So true as a West Indian seeing the difficult times our team going through it's go to see the CLASS of Sangakara bat and score double century against every country true CLASS........

  • on November 12, 2011, 19:16 GMT

    In terms of pure ability and class, Kumar Sangakara has been the best batsman in the world for at least the last fouryears, with India's Rahul Dravid as his nearest rival, for that spot. But Kumar des not come from a country with wealthy big wigs who have influence to back him, so nobody calls his name in every statement they make in commentary! Hence, this showing against Pakistan is just a matter of cementing the unvarnished facts. Congrat Kumar.

  • on November 12, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    Look guys! follow the AAA attitude! Sanga have achieved this with his hard work! why you guys comparing him with someone else who is not deserved to be on that spot? I don't want to talk about Pakistan players, But gr8 players like Min-dad, Wasim, Waqar, many more are honest for the game...... put Sanga into pak team! will he get this spot? No right? So, don't play politics with players or game! Shut up! And Enjoy!

  • jonesy2 on November 12, 2011, 19:03 GMT

    bahaha vilander plays one game and he is in the top 50? yet ryan harris is the best bowler in the world and isnt at the top. yeah cos that makes sense.

  • on November 12, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    it will be interesting to see sangakkara's position after sri lanka tours south africa after 9 years. it has been quite a wait. almost a decade . cant wait to see how lanka fares in the african soil. and steyn no words for you. steyn's ratings will still climb up after johannesburg. go sa

  • bilalAWAN on November 12, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    I agree with dasher515.......

  • johnathonjosephs on November 12, 2011, 18:12 GMT

    Sanga has been number 1 for quite some time... Not big news, but the shocking thing is that Shane Watson has turned into the top 10 bowlers list. I can name quite a few.

  • rustyryan on November 12, 2011, 18:08 GMT

    Lets see Sanga's rating after South African series.

  • yorkslanka on November 12, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    Well done sanga,we are proud of you..@sachin_vvsfan what has being a match winner got to do with individual rankings? Think you are thinking if the team rankings. Sanga has performed consistently this year.I assume Pakistani players not there as they are not playing enough against top teams.this Isnt fair on them and hopefully other countries will follow our lead and play them in neutral venues soon.

  • on November 12, 2011, 17:44 GMT

    no 1 is Sanga usual position since 2006

  • dasher515 on November 12, 2011, 17:36 GMT

    Well!! this ranking system is simply mind boggling...just one odd performance from Watson (and that too not match winning) gives him a jump of 15 places whereas the consistent bowler like Saeed Ajmal who happens to be the highest wicket taker of 2011 is not even in top ten. Furthermore bowlers like Johnson and Zaheer who havent either performed or played for a while are still in top ten. Similarly there are plenty of other places occupied by either Australians or Indians unjustifiably.

  • on November 12, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    Point 1. I think rankings are a very true reflection (in other words an average across time) it also takes into account of the conditions (in other words scoring a 80 on tough conditions would count for more than scoring a 200 with the team scoring 600)... Point 2. Watson has been performing well lately...Ashes...Sri Lanka series and now.... Point 3. it just shows we are living in an era of lackluster bowling...

  • on November 12, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    @ sachin_vvsfan, glad u accept the fact that sachin is only indias premier player.

  • on November 12, 2011, 16:59 GMT

    sanga is always the best.... btw m from India :)

  • on November 12, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    congradz sanga....!! ....................................

  • sachin_vvsfan on November 12, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    Sangakkara deservingly got the num1 spot but he failed to win a single match for his country in that series. Now is he a match winner? You need support from other players to win a game. You cannot score all the runs yourself. That what sachin has been facing for years yet our neighbours take every single opportunity to ridicule him.

  • on November 12, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    Well done Sanga, he always has been a fighter and maintained high standards in difficult times in Sri Lanka cricket and with a little more support from the others he can easily propel the team to it's first test win after Murali

  • on November 12, 2011, 15:41 GMT

    BoOm boOm AFRIDI \o/

  • on November 12, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    Sanga is the best>>>>>>>>>>

  • on November 12, 2011, 15:29 GMT

    great job sanga.........................................

  • kirihdhdha on November 12, 2011, 15:26 GMT

    Keep it up Sanga. Fantastic display

  • on November 12, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    where r the pakistani players

  • OhhhhMattyMatty on November 12, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    Australia's so-called 5th bowler is the 10th best bowler in the world.....Embarrassing ranking system. Top 10 bowlers are: 1. Steyn, 2. Anderson, 3. Swann, 4. Morkel, 5. Bresnan, 6. Tremlett, 7. Zaheer, 8. Ajmal, 9. R.Harris, 10. Broad.

  • on November 12, 2011, 14:41 GMT

    I never under stand for ranking system of ICC when ever south africa & AUSTralia , england player Perfrom they can jump 5 to positon & they kept this for long time with no more perofmance in other hand if pakistan & other samall country players perform well they step up slowly like ajmal perform well continue in ODI & test but cant change his position espacily he perfrom well in 2011 & highiest wiket taker in 2011

  • ahilcool on November 12, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    where are the pak players

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  • ahilcool on November 12, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    where are the pak players

  • on November 12, 2011, 14:41 GMT

    I never under stand for ranking system of ICC when ever south africa & AUSTralia , england player Perfrom they can jump 5 to positon & they kept this for long time with no more perofmance in other hand if pakistan & other samall country players perform well they step up slowly like ajmal perform well continue in ODI & test but cant change his position espacily he perfrom well in 2011 & highiest wiket taker in 2011

  • OhhhhMattyMatty on November 12, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    Australia's so-called 5th bowler is the 10th best bowler in the world.....Embarrassing ranking system. Top 10 bowlers are: 1. Steyn, 2. Anderson, 3. Swann, 4. Morkel, 5. Bresnan, 6. Tremlett, 7. Zaheer, 8. Ajmal, 9. R.Harris, 10. Broad.

  • on November 12, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    where r the pakistani players

  • kirihdhdha on November 12, 2011, 15:26 GMT

    Keep it up Sanga. Fantastic display

  • on November 12, 2011, 15:29 GMT

    great job sanga.........................................

  • on November 12, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    Sanga is the best>>>>>>>>>>

  • on November 12, 2011, 15:41 GMT

    BoOm boOm AFRIDI \o/

  • on November 12, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    Well done Sanga, he always has been a fighter and maintained high standards in difficult times in Sri Lanka cricket and with a little more support from the others he can easily propel the team to it's first test win after Murali

  • sachin_vvsfan on November 12, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    Sangakkara deservingly got the num1 spot but he failed to win a single match for his country in that series. Now is he a match winner? You need support from other players to win a game. You cannot score all the runs yourself. That what sachin has been facing for years yet our neighbours take every single opportunity to ridicule him.