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Ajmal climbs to top of ODI rankings

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November 24, 2011

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Saeed Ajmal is congratulated on dismissing Thisara Perera, Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI, Dubai, November 18, 2011
Saeed Ajmal was the second-highest wicket-taker in the ODI series against Sri Lanka © AFP
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Saeed Ajmal, the Pakistan offspinner, has risen to the top of the ICC ODI rankings following a successful series against Sri Lanka, which his team won 4-1 in the UAE. Ajmal grabbed 11 wickets in five games at 16.27 and at an economy rate of less than four an over. It gained him five places on the rankings, helping him get ahead of Daniel Vettori and Graeme Swann to reach No.1.

Ajmal has had an excellent year in ODI cricket; he's played 17 games in 2011, and picked up 30 wickets at 17.63. He's also had a superb run in Tests. In six games this year, he's taken 41 wickets at 23.41.

Pakistan's slow bowlers found plenty of assistance on the slow tracks in the Middle East, and it was evident in the performances of Shahid Afridi and Mohammad Hafeez as well. Afridi was the top wicket-taker in the series, with 13 at 15.30, including a five-for; he leapt to seventh place in the rankings. Hafeez, who finished with five wickets in as many games, found himself at eighth place.

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Posted by umairasgharbutt on (November 27, 2011, 14:30 GMT)

the king of dosra deserves to be number 1.

Posted by   on (November 27, 2011, 14:05 GMT)

@Dagame changer You boasting invincibility is the biggest fallacy I have heard of,remeber how Mendis ripped the heart out of the Indian batting and Dhoni admitted his batsmen stood clueless against him.Remember how Swann had the likes of Raina all at sea against him,remebr how the almighty Sehwag scored an outstanding two ducks against England and then injured himself again. Remember how Sachin was struggling against Ajmal in the WC semifinal and was out atleast 6 times in the innings.

Indians may be good at playing the spinners at home but they would never be the world beaters since they would always struggle playing away and their success is more based on some outstanding players and the show of money rather than genuine growth of cricketing talent.

Posted by   on (November 27, 2011, 7:19 GMT)

Pak team proved to b the most dangerous side after spot fixing scandle.they lost major players in ths controversy but they didnt get bother rather proved to the world they are still the best AND MOST competetive side in the world.I am lookng forward to the series aganist england and india,and i am very much confident pak team will strongly win series against these teams in all formats of the game.best of luck PCT.

Posted by Daveptee on (November 27, 2011, 2:57 GMT)

Zahidsaltin, you don't know what you are talking about.Not everyone can be a legend and don't forget Kumble.........he was head and shoulders above all spinners ever produced by Pakistan......

On the same note,Pakistan has in its history produced at least 20 fast bowlers who have been more dangerous than any fast bowler produced by India....of course all could have played for India but for the partition.......it is still amazing to see the amount of talent in the subcontinent........Amla,Khwaja,Tahir,Bishoo,Chanderpaul,Rampaul,Patels,Bopara,Panesar.Ganga,Sarwan,Ramdin,Murali,Sajid Mahmood and so many more play for other countries....

Posted by   on (November 26, 2011, 21:25 GMT)

to all the Ajmal haters... go look at his stats he has picked wickets against all teams at most venues... i think the ranking system is crap but it is what it is... however anyone who knows anything about cricket will know that Ajmal is one of the best bowlers in the world. As for fast bowling there is a production line of them in pakistan (natural talent) no stregnth and conditioning needed... even then some of the best bowlers in the past like mcgrath, wasim, pollock were not lethal pace so not really a topic that needs much discussion especially on a page about a spinner.

Posted by haq33 on (November 26, 2011, 20:16 GMT)

Indians bragging about the 140kph schoolboy bowlers they suddenly found....will be useless if they have no variation. Pakistani bowlers may be 5-10kph slower but are far more deadly with their mix of slow-balls, cutters, swingers and seamers - just ask Sri Lanka's batsmen whom they would rather face. I thought India would have learned by now that out and out pace alone is of no use. Indian noob quicks will learn a lesson in Aus. Only chance for India's bowling attack is Ashwin and possibly Zaheer, who is another not-so-quick but very intelligent bowler.

Posted by   on (November 26, 2011, 16:29 GMT)

@ some people : yes Wi was a minow when pak played them & ajmal got wickets, but is that same WI a mighty team now when india is playing them at home & wining?ashwin, ohjha getting wickets? International games are international untill icc says that only top4 ranked are international rest are associates. even some times a no 1 test team can play such rubish which is not even close to its status.

Posted by Anwaar-Sandhu on (November 26, 2011, 15:57 GMT)

ajmal is bowling greatly and i believe that he is currently the best spinner in the world, after murali has left the scene, it is his era and hopefully it'll continue for some time.... one more thing, please do not ever compare saqi with any other spinner, that man came from another world and his odi figures are still more impressive than any other spinner/quickey. more importantly, he was the savior of off spin bowling in shorter version of the game. he was an inventor and you could see the difference in murali before and after watching saqlain's doosra videos..... all other spinners followed him (but he still bowled it better than any other bowler including murali, harbhajan and ajmal, this is my belief, you may disagree) anyways he was just a magician and had more varieties than any other spinner. you can not compare an inventor with a follower, no method to compare such things..... for now, keep going ajmal, you are doing wonders..... best wishes

Posted by   on (November 26, 2011, 13:24 GMT)

Best Spinner in the world right now its for sure

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (November 26, 2011, 11:37 GMT)

a mediocre bowler! let him play in other than turning tracks and then rate him...

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