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McCullum, Ajmal on top in T20I rankings

ESPNcricinfo staff

September 13, 2012

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Twenty20 rankings

  • Batting: 1 Brendon McCullum, 2 Chris Gayle, 3 Suresh Raina, 4 David Warner, 5 Martin Guptill, 6 Mahela Jayawardene, 7 Shane Watson, 8 Jacques Kallis, 9 Eoin Morgan, 10 Tillakaratne Dilshan
  • Bowling: 1 Saeed Ajmal, 2 Graeme Swann, 3 Johan Botha, 4 Ajantha Mendis, 5 Nathan McCullum, 6 Shahid Afridi, 7 Shane Watson, 8 Abdur Razzak, 9 Lasith Malinga, 10 Shakib Al Hasan

New Zealand's Brendon MuCullum has moved to No. 1 in the Twenty20 Internationals rankings, following his match-winning 91 against India in Chennai on Tuesday. In the bowlers' rankings, Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal, who moved up to No. 1 in the ODI bowling rankings at the end of the one-dayers against Australia, repeated the feat in the T20s, where he took six wickets in three games at 8.66.

There was a lot of movement in the batting rankings following the clutch of T20I series in the lead-up to the World Twenty20, with Australia's David Warner jumping up six places to fourth, and India's Suresh Raina shifting up a place to third. The biggest loser in the rankings has been England's Eoin Morgan, who slipped from No. 1 to No. 9 following the three-match series against South Africa, where he managed an aggregate of 15 runs from 20 balls.

Graeme Swann was the player replaced at the top of the bowling rankings, moving down to No. 2. Shane Watson was the biggest mover among the top bowlers, moving up eight places to seventh - he had picked up three wickets in the three games against Pakistan, conceding less than a run a ball.

Yuvraj Singh, who made 34 off 26 on comeback from cancer in India's unsuccessful chase against New Zealand, re-entered the rankings at No. 15.

For more on the rankings, click here.

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Posted by   on (September 16, 2012, 19:06 GMT)

Well, No Umar Gul? what the heck is this ranking? He is doing a very good job, in fact better than Swan!

Posted by rasib143 on (September 16, 2012, 13:40 GMT)

Ajmal is the best bowler in the world.but pakistan win this t20 world cup

Posted by   on (September 16, 2012, 13:34 GMT)

Waiting for a test series of Pakistan so that Ajmal could move to no. 1 in the Test format also.

Posted by kamranmalik7 on (September 14, 2012, 21:00 GMT)

desperately waiting for Gayle to blast the other teams. Best of luck to Yuvi

Posted by From1990 on (September 14, 2012, 16:21 GMT)

The rankign system appears flawed. Good batting in one innings should not result in a player jumping up by six places.

Posted by Chris_P on (September 14, 2012, 15:28 GMT)

@Buckers410. Actiually he only played the first test at the Gabba. I went to the Hobart & Sydney tests where he didn't play so missed seeing him live, but he is obviously a class act & a much better bowler than his Australian figures suggests. @jmcilhinney Good points about T20, biut it is also a game I can't really take it. The upcoming season, for me, sees 2 weekends for T20's games & I am dreading those games as I hate playing it almost as much as watching it. If they only didn't call it CRICKET!.....

Posted by   on (September 14, 2012, 11:25 GMT)

great feat for ajmal....after all its good for team Pakistan before the star of mega event

Posted by   on (September 14, 2012, 10:57 GMT)

8 of the top 10 T20I batsmen are openers; 8 of the top 10 T20I bowlers are spinners; it kind of tells you a story right; spinners can do very well in this format contrary to the popular belief that they get clobbered around; openers control most of the game as they have the best overs with the power plays. Are the captains, coaches and selectors listening out there!!!

Posted by   on (September 14, 2012, 10:36 GMT)

watson is afriaid of ajmal and the whole ausralian team is well its a great thing for pakistan before the start of mega event

Posted by hit.wicket on (September 14, 2012, 9:04 GMT)

Ofcourse Said Ajamal is a fine bowler...........but this t20 going to be in to pretty diffrent.................Most teams have good chance.......but honestly spinning factor will badly effact the score board.

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