ICC rankings November 24, 2011

Ajmal climbs to top of ODI rankings

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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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  • umairasgharbutt on November 27, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    the king of dosra deserves to be number 1.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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....

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • on November 26, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    Best Spinner in the world right now its for sure

  • 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...

  • umairasgharbutt on November 27, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    the king of dosra deserves to be number 1.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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....

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • on November 26, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    Best Spinner in the world right now its for sure

  • 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...

  • SYEDAKIFSHOAIB on November 26, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    chilled avenger you certainly havn't followed the England and South Africa series with pakistan last year.

  • on November 26, 2011, 6:17 GMT

    Pakistann at the moment has world's best bowling attack in general and spin attack in particular. Current Pak team has ability to defeat any team on any ground. The batting line up also looks stable and settled. Go Pak Go.

  • on November 26, 2011, 5:17 GMT

    @chilled_avenger mind you may be your memory not so good Saeed Ajmal start his career against oz when they can't able to read him and usually they blame about his action and he also perform well again England in England last series in UK and he perform well against in all formats against all good and bad sides it's useless to say that this year he perform against minnows Zimbabwe ok but SL is former world champs and if he performs well against India and then you say Indian Batters not doing well now days fact is that he is now days best off spinner of all formats

  • tick on November 25, 2011, 20:53 GMT

    @chilled_avenger.. wake up uncle...ajmal has played 2 full series against australia and 1 against saf... @others.. murli is a legend as is saqlain and harbhajan for their teams.... being number 1 is no mean thing... especially when you haven't played a single match at home grounds...

  • Stark62 on November 25, 2011, 20:20 GMT

    @chilled_avenger Are you trying to say that Aus and SA are better at playing spin than SL?

    The man who bamboozled the little master can't do that against the South African, Australian and English batsmen?

    Swann got whacked by Tendulkar but struggled against Ajmal.

    Last question, what planet are you living on?

  • tanweeralam on November 25, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    @srikant probably u r forgetting Saqlain. He is the one gave Dosra to the world. He was the first one to use stop at the crease delivery and several others and had a very long spell of success Ajmal indeed is good and is having peak of his life. Hope he plays for long time to come

  • Happy_AusBang on November 25, 2011, 17:37 GMT

    @chilled_avenger, I believe Ajmal did very well even against the Aussies.

  • DaGameChanger on November 25, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    Sehwag and Gambhir chat: We have slaughtered all the spinners in the world. Yep there was a Shane Warne, there was a Murali, there came Saqlian,Mendis..everybody get their chance. Ajmal wont be left, his turn would come. BTW, Afridi bowling avg is 50 against India..India had 1 bad series against England in last 3 years and people bark...and this is new India..Cant Stop. Wont Stop. There has never a spin bowler who Indian batsman cannot sort out after few games..there wont be any.

  • SachinLara1 on November 25, 2011, 15:20 GMT

    certainly he deserves it.congrats ajmal....from INDIAN

  • getsetgopk on November 25, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    @Yolk_Eater: Pakistani bowlers dont brag, ask Lara or Tendulkar, they'll tell you who brags and who dont.

  • on November 25, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    and bobble windies are not weak okkk theyallout england for 54 in test and t 20 dude watch cricket they are inconsistent okkk dude

  • samuda on November 25, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    Thanks for Srilankans :) ho got it

  • on November 25, 2011, 14:42 GMT

    Now three pk players including Afridi, Hafeez and Ajmal in top ten.. Pakistan managed to achieve after a long tym.

  • on November 25, 2011, 14:36 GMT

    yu can laugh dude as much as yu can but past doesnt matter wat yu got presnt matter why not pakistan intop in one day and test bcz they arefar away from top teams at present india got 90 mph bowlers wid good spinners like ashwin ojha even top test batsmen trott was not picking ashwin and ian bell tooo varun umeh did well withe there pace against top teams like england in flat tracks shattered the stumps with reverse at 90 mph

  • on November 25, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    and hameed bowling attck are prasied when they perform against good teams like eng sa india and aus not minnows like lanka only sanga got a glass and he score highly against the and sohail tanveer joke bowler 125 kph will be smashed by top teams op junaid got talent but stillto be tested against teams cheema again 130 kph india just througn out 130 kph useless bowlerslike sreesanth rp umeshvarun ishant 145 kph and ishant is the bowler make pointing hopping he dont take wickets against minnows performance against best makes great bowler not against guys like parnavitarna

  • longlivewoodoo on November 25, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    Better for ajmal , playing with kids. Otherwise playing with india may cause his career end. One malinga and one sanga . What could have they done more ? I would love to watch a india-pak series . And making pakis white wash . Even bench strength of india can white wash them.

    Desperately waitin for asia cup

  • on November 25, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    Great bowler, Congrats!, Best 1 after Saqlain.

  • thePakistanian on November 25, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    @Yolk_Eater Well I don't know that Saqlian promised TEESRA or not!! I just know that Ajmal said that he will show it during England series, & it's not the end of his career! He can still play 3-4 years easily!! & I'm not praising TEESRA, I'm just hoping it's great, cuz ive no idea what is it!

    & all thoses Indians (only Who are jealous) Ajmal performed extremely well against England & SA as well! & along with AFRIDI & Hafeez, during NZL tour, WC & WI tour & now against SL! So if England SA & WC are not quality opposition! Then I'm afraid India certainly isn't! Will see England!!

  • Abu.Ashhad on November 25, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    Now its best Opportunity to start new business of "Choran" and will export to India in millions of tons .... :) hope it works to "Digest" Ajmal recent spot in ICC ranking chart .... hahahaha. If any body wants to invest with me so please let me know :P

  • on November 25, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    Not bad of a old boy! - We really require some world class batsmen thou... Bring back Mohammed Yousuf! - World Class....

  • aahahaa on November 25, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    Ajmal has a very dodgy bowling action. I hope, seeing his success, young bowlers around the world don't copy him. ICC has done some stupid things but the 15 deg rule is a masterpiece. Only when people in power realize that the game is more important than individuals we would see some sensible bowling and batting (switch hit, is that correct ?) rules made.

  • Abdurrazaaq on November 25, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    @ Shrikant kakani, the reason he hasn't played as much games as he should have is because Saqlain Mushtaq, another off spinning legend of note!

  • Aragorn_11 on November 25, 2011, 12:49 GMT

    cannot wait for Vilaath (England) vs Pakistan....last time I was this bullish about Pakistan's chances Shoaib Akthar ripped Trescothwick's off stump and Pakisan won the test series 2-0 with Bob Woolmer in charge....truly an exciting time to be a Pakistan cricket supporter....wait....when isnt it!? they are the Brazil of cricket!!

  • on November 25, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    Seriously no wonders! I always felt that this guy is better than Swann . The variations he brings in to his bowling is definitely what helped him to achieve this. The best thing about Ajmal is that he know how to get a wicket , being an offi i know how tough it is to bowl rounder the wicket against right handers , batmen can play the sweep shot with ease but how many of you seen right handers playing the sweep shot against this guy ? it's because the pace he generate. That line can also be very strange for some batmen as we saw how Mathews struggled against Ajmal. Swann has no variation he is an old fashion off spinner but in modern day cricket you need to be a person like Murali,Saqlain ,Ajmal because without variation you never going to rock the game which favours the batsmen .

  • on November 25, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    Well done, Well doing and do more Well in the future for my favorite Pakistan!! (Abdur Rahman from Sri Lanka)

  • likeintcricket on November 25, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    This shows that inclusion of more mature players in the team is no harm. Not only They perform much better than so called talented youngster also they take the pressure of cricket easily and avoid controversies. Misbah, Cheema and Ajmal are the examples. Pakistan performance is more remarkable as they played all these series at a neutral venue under neutral umpires and with DRS. That is why Dilshan's comment ( Check Super Sports) that Pakistan is the top most side in the world today is not surprising for me. Starting from England they have played against all the countries except India and drawn against Aus, South Africa, lost against England but with 3-1 and won other series. With Rehman and Danish Kaneria and off course Ajmal, Afridi and Hafeez they have a complete spin package. India's performance against Eng and now against WI is not impressing. Their real will be against a young Aus side full of confidence. Just check the changes in the ranking after PAK vs ENG and Ind-Aus series.

  • on November 25, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    its sad that pakistanis selectors didnt gave him chance early in his career....He is 34 yrs old and has jst played 52 ODI's and 15 tests....Undoubtedly he is one of the best off break bowler this world has ever seen....

  • AzfarRashid on November 25, 2011, 11:24 GMT

    Well congratulations and well done to Saeed for his achievement. No mean feat to be in the top 10 bowler rankings in ALL formats whilst leading the ODI ones!

    Shame that his international career started so late, otherwise we could have had another Murali on our hands!!

  • on November 25, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    We are proud of you, keep up the good work (Y)

  • on November 25, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    yes we cant compare him with murali , murali was the real gangster when it comes to hauntin the batmsan ...however ajmal is tryin to pace himself up in order to cope up wid the minimum threshold thats required to stay in the league of "following murali's foot marks " ..he needs to keep his head down and enjoy this run of form ... his dusra is by far the best one ..even better than saqlain's dusra someimes ... only sangakara picked him and that too for 80% of the time .... for indian fellows i think ashwin is good enough .. but needs to prove himself away ..his last performance against westindies 5 for 157 needs some improvement against a better batting unit .. his future will reveal more of his potential though ... stay blessed all and yes ajmal deserves the spot ...hats off to ajmal

  • on November 25, 2011, 11:02 GMT

    Interesting.... 6 out of top 10 ODI bowlers are spinners..

  • Yolk_Eater on November 25, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    @the pakistanian: pakistani cricketers have always been known to brag. Even saqlain mushtaq promised of a teesra at the later stage of his career when he was not being included in the team. That resulted in his selection, and what did we see, a mauling, no teesra. So let him first bowl this teesra or jalebi or rasgulla or whatevr the name is, then praise about it.

  • chilled_avenger on November 25, 2011, 10:26 GMT

    So let me get this straight! Ajmal plays mostly against West Indies,Ireland,Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka this year and suddenly he is the best bowler in the world and according to Pakistani fans is comparable to legends like Murli!Of course,SL are a decent team but they are mostly struggling since World Cup! So please Ajmal fans,don't get too excited. First let him perform against teams like Australia & South Africa before you declare him the best bowler!

  • khurramsch on November 25, 2011, 9:57 GMT

    for some mates : this point system is totaly automatic now. who ever perform gets points and rank move up & down. its nothing like ICC has recognize or icc has set system now when ajmal comes up. like some coments mentioned here. point system totaly based on performance.

  • khurramsch on November 25, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    sometimes i cant understand some coments. when pakistani player do well agianst anyteam like WI people say ohh WI was weak. ok fine agree but when against same WI team some others make runs & take wickets there are many articles on cric info & they are bowling good. like ashwin(which i personaly think is very good bowler) he did great vs WI. thats fine but when ajmal does there are coments from indian mates that teams are weak?ICC havent called weaker teams associates. international cricket means international no matter its no1 team or no 10.

  • satish619chandar on November 25, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    He is one nasty bowler.. Every batsman's nightmare to say better.. Relentless attacking bowler.. Best thing abt Pakistan is, they can defend whatever low score their batsman score off..

  • on November 25, 2011, 9:01 GMT

    india never had a bowler who was number 1 bowler or near to number 1 bowler. Pakistan has much better bowling attack then india.. India just can beat Pakistan in their own backyard. lets play neutral come in U.A.E and play against Pakistan and see what Happen??

  • on November 25, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    Now india will tell us about speed and fast bowlers.I am laughing are't you.

  • on November 25, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    @Apoorv, mate, i will definately leave the cricket when this MIRACLE actually happens.protip>make the dead wickets like we have in pakistan, where your bowlers can actually bowl batsmen. Regarding indian spin, we all know how much capable they are, 1-2 series they shine like a star and then lost somewhere in dark.

  • on November 25, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    Well dun Ajmal, a wonderful bowler, not proud at all, a great person to watch...hope he keeps performing d same way and i really hope PCB doesn't force him for premature resignation...All the best to him!

  • on November 25, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    Well Well Well , Why I am not surprised!!!!!!!!! To see all the Indians comments! Think they all can't stand the sight of Pakistan doing well! Please stay away, no one asked for your opinions. Besides, it's a Pakistani News not Hindies!!!!

  • rahulcricket007 on November 25, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    NOW ICC RANKINGS LOOKS TRUE . AJMAL DESERVES NO.1 SPOT INSTEAD OF THAT OVERRATED SWANN WHICH WAS THRASHED IN SPIN FRIENDLY WKTS IN INDIA .

  • dsig3 on November 25, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    He is a really good bowler. Very unorthodox. Easy to underestimate.

  • on November 25, 2011, 6:22 GMT

    @Apoorv what you have said is absolutely wrong mate. Ajmal is bowling well for the past few years...Even in batting tracs he keeps an economy rate of below 5. So ICC is right in spotting this Ajmal deserves this. Again on fast bowlers Pakistan is far better than India yadav, aaron had impressed real test lies in Oz. Evn if they perform in OZ still they need to carry it for a long time...So we can tell they r good bowlers only after some time... @frzhra No other hosting team has won a world cup...India is really a good team to win the world cup. They had won against the top nations Oz, Pak and Sl to win the world cup...

  • on November 25, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    @rampulaparthi if our batting lineup is "funny", thats b/c theyre perfectly justified, theres no point scoring 300+ scores when you know you can make 200 and still win. i dont think any batting lineup in the world would bother scoring 300 if they had bowlers like afridi, ajmal and hafeez who can rip the opposition apart even after putting a pathetic little score like 184 on board or if they can get a team like australia all out for 176.

  • on November 25, 2011, 5:32 GMT

    well deserved mate... I can find him as one of the top class bowler.... No words to explain his variations..... not at all scared of batsman attacking him.... we can judge by wat jayawardena said, Hes not able to pick ajmals ball at all.....

  • on November 25, 2011, 3:05 GMT

    a true find for Pak cricket after Saqlain. After Saqlains premature retirement i thought we will never see a magician off spinner but we are very lucky to have someone like Ajmal..totally dedicated to his craft, he seems like a guy who would just bowl all day every day to just 3 stumps and no batsmen or fielders....

  • thePakistanian on November 25, 2011, 2:05 GMT

    I think we should now call Hafeez a part time Batsman & full time Bowler..:D! But seriously, Hafeez has improved a lot in Bowling & Batting! & what can i say about Awesome Ajmal! Just that he's 34, so wishing that he could atleast play till WC 2015 & with same great form! & ya he can't & shouldn't be compared to murli cuz Murli play over 100 tests & Ajmal has just 15 tests & 52 ODIs! But he should be compared to Vetori & Swann & probably Harbajan as well! U can compare him with Murli & Saqlain at the end of his career!

    & if u guys remember Ajmal said that he's working on another Ball technique which is "TEESRA" (the 3rd One) or "JALEEBI"...Just like DOOSRA (the 2nd One)! & he said he will show it during England Pakistan series! I dont know what it is, just hoping that it's as revolutionary & successful as DOOSRA! & English & Aussie cricket EXPERTS don't get against him! & especially English, cuz Swann unfortunately hasn't got any variations which Ajmal has, like Dossra & now TEESRA!!

  • pak78 on November 25, 2011, 1:00 GMT

    congrats to ajmal wot a bowler he puts in 100% COMMITMENT TO HIS BOWLING BATTING AND FIELDING AND HIS ENGLISH WITH THAT MEMORABLE INTERVIEW HE GAVE TO NASER HUSSAIN LAST YEAR IN ENGLAND TOP MAN AJMAL V LOVE YAA AND ONCE MORE FROM THE BOTTAM OF MY HEART CONGRATS YARR.

  • Zahidsaltin on November 24, 2011, 21:48 GMT

    @Daveptee, You are wrong mate. Pakistan has produced some of world crickets best spin and fast bowlers. Abdul Qader, Mushi, Saqlain are the legends. Players are not always judged by total no. of wickets or total no. of runs. Some teams play more matches than others and some players play for a longer periode because that country hasn't got a replacement. Habjan has got over 400 wickets but no expert will ever count him as a legend as the above 3. @Apoorv , my friend it is not speed which makes a better fast bowler unless some one is bowling at 150+ constatntly. A speed of 135 or 142 makes no difference at all. Even players Like Mohammad Asif (max. 130) and McGrath (130) were magicians with their line, length and swing. Zaheer is the best bowler in India with a bowling speed which rarely touches 135. Fast bowling is an art and indians rarely master that. I tell you one thing, Wasim Akrams average speed was about 135. otherwise Pakistan still has at least 10 bowlers with 140+ speed.

  • SamAsh07 on November 24, 2011, 21:37 GMT

    I wish he was 24 years old. He won't be around for long, and that's sad :(

  • zavahir on November 24, 2011, 20:40 GMT

    He bats with short sleeves but he bowls with baggy long sleeves. What is he hiding? Is it the Doosra?

  • on November 24, 2011, 20:33 GMT

    he is a far better more threatning offie than harbhajan singh...

  • rampulaparthi on November 24, 2011, 20:31 GMT

    Ajmal is a very smart and good bowler , no doubt about it .. but please dont put him in the class of Murali. And Pakistan is a good one day outfit ? LOL .. their batting looks very funny for me. And same is the case with indian team's bowling . Apart from Zaheer khan and R.Ashwin everyone is relatively new.

    @ hamid ali : ROFL about sohil tanvir being a good bowler. I do remember a match where this so called Left arm fast bowler bowling dolly offspinners to indian team in a test match. A very funny sight it was. Abdul razzaq bowls better than tanvir.

  • on November 24, 2011, 20:03 GMT

    Great news highly deserving, I like Swann a lot but he is no comparison to Ajmal, Ajmal is just as good as it can get, but the bad part is this that he has very few years left, wish he was a couple a years younger then what he is now, I would love to see one Pakistan fast bowler in top ten as well, as the shape of ODI is changing with the new laws of the game and it will very much be on new ball bowlers to win a game.

  • anoopshameed on November 24, 2011, 19:44 GMT

    @ ausaff, so did A.Mendis my friend-long ago!

  • on November 24, 2011, 19:05 GMT

    Go Green Go!!!!! All the cricketing world be aware of Green they are rising..... Go Green GO!!!!

  • El_Toro_Loco on November 24, 2011, 18:55 GMT

    @ Apoorv Pandey: & yet Windies with one of the weakest batting line up scored close to 600 runs on your home ground, in front of your home crowd against your so called 140~145kph pacers. LMAO....Ciao

  • sam911 on November 24, 2011, 18:50 GMT

    mr. aproov pandey its not the matter of bowling fast, its the class which u show at the highest level of cricket, persistance and performance. Worlds great fast bowler Wasim Akram, u indians still fear off, had a bowling speed of 130 to 135 km, but his record is still matchless, u name three indian so called fast bowlers, may i know there any match winning perforance and u r start comparing them with steyn, Morkel and even with Umar Gul, Ur so called find Ishaant give occasional performance at the world level and no batsmen consider him as a threat on sub-continent pitches he is no more than club level bowler, only Quality Bowler inda have is Zaheer Khan. Mr. Pandey dont live in fools Paradise, see the actual facts and then comment.

  • on November 24, 2011, 18:47 GMT

    @apoorv paanday. sir what did india have???? ishant so called fast bowler who always get thrashing in the big games. Atleast Pakistan have good spinner bowler. india have no spinner which can match their class

  • frzhra on November 24, 2011, 18:31 GMT

    @Daveptee..afridi is not retired.stil playing cannot you se that?? he got some issue with the board.same like what was happen with saurav the legend.so please take circket as a sports not a worship.ajmal cannot play for long we know that.but he is no.1 at the moment.

  • frzhra on November 24, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    @Apoorv Pandey...let me remind you india is not the best team.they won worldcup because it was played in india.your team is not capable enough to win out of the india.ajmal is bit old but still no.1 you have bowlers can bowl 140plus.but useless.your only spinners are taking wickets srilankans is no.2 team.so be aware...no doubt sachin is the best.

  • ausaff on November 24, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    @anoop true but u got to admit tendulkar looked ordinary against him and he looked all class ..and it isnt tendulkar who picked the cup it was full team,,,

  • rockstar2009 on November 24, 2011, 17:45 GMT

    Pakistan has probably the best bowling lineup at the moment.They have 3 bowlers now in top ten rankings.Ajmal has been doing really in past two yrs or so..@ Daveptee where is your harbhajan singh now?? He can't even perform in ranji now..Under misbah we are slowly and slowly moving up on the rankings..Watch out everyone Pakistan is Backkkkkkkkkkk.

  • on November 24, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    @Apoorv Pandey: Seriously? Pakistan still has a much better bowling attack than India. First, you shouldn't forget that we lost two bowlers in the spot-fixing scandals. Yet, we recovered and found awesome paceman like Junaid Khan and Wahab Riaz. Even Sohail Tanvir is better than the 3 Indian guys you have mentioned. Not everyone can swing and seam the bowl upto 1 metre.

  • on November 24, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    I hope Saeed Ajmal and Pakistani team do well in upcoming series against Bangladesh and England, well done for now.

  • on November 24, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    delight to watch ajmal bowling. always have a mischievous smile on face. love to see the variations and the games he play with batsmen. afridi n hafeez been doing well too. so no surprise to see them over there as well. all 3 of them doing job superbly. hafeez not giving runs at one end. afridi trying to take wickets. and ajmal the master of that all. congratulations and best wishes from me. arsh

  • on November 24, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    well done ajmal...if umar gul can up his game a lil bit...we might have a fourth bowler on that list. Our batsmen need to improve their performances. No batsmen in any ranking.

  • ABRAR-JANJUA on November 24, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    Congratulation to Saeed Ajmal for that well deserved award.

  • FarhanSabir on November 24, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    There was a time when Pakistan always used to have their fast bowlers among the top 10 bowlers. Bowlers like Wasim, Waqar, Shoaib were always their in top rankings. Its good to see the spinners making their way there but I would still love to see a Pakistani fast bowler among them.

  • on November 24, 2011, 15:51 GMT

    Right now Pakistan has the best team ever. On any given day Pakistan can beat any team in the world.

  • on November 24, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    Saeed Ajmal world no1 dusara i hope future danger Ajmal

  • Chirs-Cry on November 24, 2011, 15:29 GMT

    Finally, ICC ranking system started to make some sense.

  • on November 24, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    congratz to Ajmal ! may you have many many more in the up-coming series against BD and UK!

  • on November 24, 2011, 15:16 GMT

    let them play again top teams india eng southafrica real test will be then not against new minnos srilanka even west indies can beat lanka main testwill be aginst top nations also recently i hve seen pakistan lack fast bowlers gul is bowling around 130 to 135 same others see top teams eng finn sa steyn morkel aussies cummins now india also have three ishant bowling 140 t0 145 yadav above 145 and aaron above 145

  • Rakim on November 24, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    Ajmal is pure class. Treat to watch his doosra! Best spinner along with Swan!

  • Daveptee on November 24, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    Thats right,Tendulkar did not pick him but Harbhajan Singh smashed him all over the park.....

    Other than Ajmal,all others are limited overs bowlers,not good for tests....as for Afridi,no one knows whether he is retired or active.

    Ajmal is old,in his 30s,like Misbah,he cannot play for long.

    Pakistan real talent lies in their pace bowling factory.....focus on that !

  • on November 24, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    This is fantastic news.....these guys deserved it , Mashallah

  • on November 24, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    Its really really great to see a Pakistani at the top, I remember last time Younis Khan top the ICC batsman ranking

  • on November 24, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    He's as good as murali, and that's not exaggeration. Stay on top, boi!

  • on November 24, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    Well done Guise!! keep it up.... We hope you can hold your position for long time.

  • D-Train on November 24, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    If Hafeez is the 8th best bowler in the world, then god have mercy on us all.

  • anoopshameed on November 24, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    @ausaff, don't think Tendulkar would mind as he picked something more important-the World Cup!

  • on November 24, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    We are proud of You :-) i wish Pakistan tean got this rank Insha Allah

  • on November 24, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    Well done! Now to the next level. Hit the same mark for Tests as well.

  • on November 24, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    What a bowler, he has started late otherwise, he would have made a name in our great bowlers. Best of Luck

  • on November 24, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    thank goodness there is no drama this time around, Ajmal has been performing very well for past few years. he deserves to be at the top of the ranking. congrats to the team and the whole nation

  • on November 24, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    People may disagree but his 'doosra" is better than Saqlain Mushtaq's or Murli's. He also delivers an off break which turns less but with almost the same action as his doosra. A very good bowler. Would love to see him baffle more batsmen.

  • getsetgopk on November 24, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    well that should settle the debate over who is the best spinner in the world, sri lankan batsmen were clueless against Ajmal, not even Mahela could read Ajmal's variations. Congratulations Amjal you've earned it!!

  • on November 24, 2011, 12:53 GMT

    Wonder why some top ten bowlers are being called Part timers? .... Afridi Hafeez

  • ausaff on November 24, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    grt bolwer even tendulkar didnt pick him in wc match

  • on November 24, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    wowwwwwww. great. and how many times 3 spinners from 1 team get to top 10 chart same time?

  • on November 24, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    Well done Ajmal, may u top in test ranking as well and stay there for very very long time. good luck 4 future

  • naseer90 on November 24, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    wish that Pak spinners occupy the top 3 and keep it..........best of luck Ajmal,Afridi ,Hafeez.

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  • naseer90 on November 24, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    wish that Pak spinners occupy the top 3 and keep it..........best of luck Ajmal,Afridi ,Hafeez.

  • on November 24, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    Well done Ajmal, may u top in test ranking as well and stay there for very very long time. good luck 4 future

  • on November 24, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    wowwwwwww. great. and how many times 3 spinners from 1 team get to top 10 chart same time?

  • ausaff on November 24, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    grt bolwer even tendulkar didnt pick him in wc match

  • on November 24, 2011, 12:53 GMT

    Wonder why some top ten bowlers are being called Part timers? .... Afridi Hafeez

  • getsetgopk on November 24, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    well that should settle the debate over who is the best spinner in the world, sri lankan batsmen were clueless against Ajmal, not even Mahela could read Ajmal's variations. Congratulations Amjal you've earned it!!

  • on November 24, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    People may disagree but his 'doosra" is better than Saqlain Mushtaq's or Murli's. He also delivers an off break which turns less but with almost the same action as his doosra. A very good bowler. Would love to see him baffle more batsmen.

  • on November 24, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    thank goodness there is no drama this time around, Ajmal has been performing very well for past few years. he deserves to be at the top of the ranking. congrats to the team and the whole nation

  • on November 24, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    What a bowler, he has started late otherwise, he would have made a name in our great bowlers. Best of Luck

  • on November 24, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    Well done! Now to the next level. Hit the same mark for Tests as well.