ICC rankings September 13, 2012

McCullum, Ajmal on top in T20I rankings

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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.

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  • POSTED BY on | September 16, 2012, 18:06 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, 12:40 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY on | September 16, 2012, 12:34 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, 20:00 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY From1990 on | September 14, 2012, 15:21 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, 14:28 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, 10:25 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY on | September 14, 2012, 9:57 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, 9:36 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, 8:04 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.

  • POSTED BY on | September 16, 2012, 18:06 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, 12:40 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY on | September 16, 2012, 12:34 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, 20:00 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY From1990 on | September 14, 2012, 15:21 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, 14:28 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, 10:25 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY on | September 14, 2012, 9:57 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, 9:36 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, 8:04 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.

  • POSTED BY Buckers410 on | September 14, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    Saeed Ajmal has become the best bowler in recemt times, even better than that overated Swann. But where has it come from? He cam to Aus in 2009-10 an did nothing in 2 tests?????

  • POSTED BY Ahmad190587 on | September 14, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    Ajmal is the best bowler in the world. He may not be that effective on Srilankan pitches. But boy o boy, he will be the toughest to smack sixes against...

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | September 14, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    @Meety on (September 14 2012, 00:17 AM GMT), it may not be a list of great Test players but it's not supposed to be. Obviously the skills required to be effective in T20 are not the same as in Test cricket or even ODI cricket, so why gripe about it? If one is a true cricket fan then one either doesn't like T20 cricket, and therefore shouldn't be reading about it or watching it, or else one accepts it as a cheap thrill and enjoys it as such. I have to say that I respect your comments for the most part but I think that that implicit gripe about T20 cricket is beneath you. Those players are obviously adept at either scoring quickly or keeping the run rate down, which are crucial skills for T20 success. I'm not going to respect that as much as Test cricket skills but I'm also not going to watch T20 cricket and then criticise its best exponents. That said, as an England fan, I can't really disrespect Ajmal's skills as a Test cricketer now can I?

  • POSTED BY on | September 14, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    Injustice to Saeed Ajmal by not shortlisting him for ICC awards.. He has proved he is the best spinner..

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | September 14, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    load of rubbish obviously. Patchmaster --england are far from the number 1 team i have no idea where you got that from. Meety-- i dont get your qualms, watson, warner, kallis, ajmal, jayawardene, some pretty handy players no?

  • POSTED BY Heisenburg on | September 14, 2012, 3:00 GMT

    Shane Watson 7th best batsman and bowler in the world! Man of the tournament.

  • POSTED BY smudgeon on | September 14, 2012, 2:44 GMT

    ha...incredible! Watto & Malinga are the only two non-spinners in the top 10! I may not be a huge fan of T20, but it's nice to see that spinners take front and centre in this format of the game. It might be a completely different game to tests, but you'd hope that it keeps the artform vital and this filters through to the longer formats...

  • POSTED BY Mervo on | September 14, 2012, 2:07 GMT

    I am sure Watson lies awake at night being excited about being higher in the T20 bowling ranking! Next week it could be someone else. What nonsense.

  • POSTED BY on | September 14, 2012, 1:39 GMT

    AJmal Ajmal Ajmal.............U got what i mean ?? ;)

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | September 14, 2012, 0:35 GMT

    These rankings, as with the team rankings show nothing of what should be. Now I am an Australian, but Shane Watson as not only our top rated bowler but the top rated quick bowler in the world? I nearly choked on my cornflakes when I read that. Why waste time with insignificant figures. This is simply one for the enthusiasts only, let's wait until 30 games are played at the very least to show real consistency & history.

  • POSTED BY dinosaurus on | September 14, 2012, 0:32 GMT

    @CharlesDS

    Easy easy, your team won the latest ODI World Cup. How does that qualify 10 Indian bowlers to fill the 10 published T20 bowlers? BTW, if you so much value the ODI World Cup, what sort of label did the Aussies deserve after winning three consecutive ODI Word Cups without losing a single match?

  • POSTED BY Meety on | September 14, 2012, 0:17 GMT

    Wow, look at the um er "class" of the top 10s. With a few exceptions, hardly a who's who of greats!

  • POSTED BY inzisaloos on | September 14, 2012, 0:10 GMT

    bobagorof: The case for Ajmal is too compelling. He has been the only consistently brilliant bowler across all formats in the 12 months under scrutiny, and that includes Philander, who without doubt had a wonderful year in test cricket. Whichever way you look at it, Ajmal's exclusion is totally incomprehensible.

  • POSTED BY bobagorof on | September 13, 2012, 23:44 GMT

    yaser_swati: They did - or rather the independent panel who compiled the list did. He was included in the original list, but didn't make it into the final 4, along with 25 other players. The only bowler in the top 4 did just as well, though - Philander took 56 wickets in 9 Tests (averaging 6.22 wickets per match; Ajmal took 72 in 12, for 6 wickets per match) at an average of 16.57 (compared with Ajmal's 24.29) and 6 five-fors (to Ajmal's 3). So Ajmal had a great 12 months - but so did Philander. Not saying that Ajmal shouldn't have been there, but the top 4 also deserve to be there. Unfortunately, 26 guys had to miss out.

  • POSTED BY Patchmaster on | September 13, 2012, 23:41 GMT

    Interesting to see ENG are No.1 in the world with only one player in the rankings. Maybe they have a better team contribution and it's spread around a bit ? I'm an ENG fan, as long as they win, don;t care about rankings !

  • POSTED BY Vikum72 on | September 13, 2012, 23:37 GMT

    I don't think this is a realistic representation of the standings, at least not completely. Ajantha Mendis at no.4 and I can't even recall when he played last for Sri Lanka! I'm sure we will have very different lists after the world cup.

  • POSTED BY bobagorof on | September 13, 2012, 23:23 GMT

    cheesemethod: I agreed with you until I checked his performances over the last 2 years - averaging 14 with the bat at a strike rate of 85 from his last 13-odd matches. I was surprised too - prior to that he was averaging over 30 and striking around 130. Hope he comes good in the World Cup.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | September 13, 2012, 23:05 GMT

    Hardly a surprise to see two Aussies as the top batsmen.

  • POSTED BY __PK on | September 13, 2012, 21:41 GMT

    What a joke! How do they even measure these when so few T20Is are played.

  • POSTED BY cheesemethod on | September 13, 2012, 21:15 GMT

    Mccullum is without a doubt my favourite batsman to watch in all forms and when hes in the zone, his power, timing and skill is unreal....unfortunately he all too often nicks out at the start of his innings for a couple of runs.

    I'd probably rate the best t20 player in the world as Dave Hussy - so consistant when batting and saving an innings, tight bowling and awesome in the field.

  • POSTED BY mishaque88 on | September 13, 2012, 21:01 GMT

    Wow..Two Bangladeshi players in the bowling ranking..Thats a START!

  • POSTED BY Mohammad_Imran on | September 13, 2012, 20:36 GMT

    Best bowlaaa in the world! Mr. Ajmal take a bow!!!

    Lol @ ICC :D

  • POSTED BY Lazeez on | September 13, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    Only 2 pacers in the top 10 actually.

  • POSTED BY xylo on | September 13, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    wow... only 3 pacers in the top 10 bowlers!

  • POSTED BY Syed_imran_abbas on | September 13, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    Ajmal "the majacian" rocks. Good luck for t20 WC.

  • POSTED BY vkypak on | September 13, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    GO KING OF SPIN AJMAL ....U RULLZ THE WORLD....V PROUD OF U AFTER GREAT QADIR,MUSHTAQ AHMED AND SAQLAIN MUSHTAQ U ANOTHER GIFT OF ALLAH PEOPLE OF PAKISTAN AND REST OF THE WORLD ALWAYS ENJOY WHEN U BOWL AND BATSMAN DANCING ON UR DELIVERY......U DONT NEED ANY AWARDS ...WORLD KNOWS HW MUCH TALENT U HAVE GOT ........GO SUCCESS ALWAYS CHASE U....and guys who is saying that this tournament for pacers and pallekele pitch will assist fast bowlers just wait and watch king of spin ajmal.......

  • POSTED BY yaser_swati on | September 13, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    If Saeed Ajmal is number one bowler in ICC ranking then why ICC not include him in award list. This is big question to ICC...................

  • POSTED BY .virk on | September 13, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    Is Saeed Ajmal trying to impress ICC? :) 1st in ODI , 1st in T20 and 3rd in Test ....never

  • POSTED BY on | September 13, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    Another slap for ICC... Its matter of time when Saeed Ajmal will be the best bowler in the longest format of the game too.

  • POSTED BY on | September 13, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    And now you tell me if Saeed Ajmal didnt deserve to be in the nominations?? I am INDIAN and idc he is a Pakistani.. He is a dam good bowler in every format, for me this year he was for SURE the ICC CRICKETER OF THE YEAR AND TEST CRICKETER for the year. it was a cheap act by the ICC! When Swann was in the nomination he wasnt even as good as ajmal has been in the past year. Congrats AJMAL! just hope you dont do as good aganist India =]

  • POSTED BY on | September 13, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    Ajmal is the best bowler and will eventually be no.1 at test aswell. I wonder if ajmal was available for 10 years ago, he might have made pakistan win alot more matches. Same goes for Hashim Amla

  • POSTED BY phendel on | September 13, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    after the world cup we can expect Narine to be in the top 10 for bowling definitely!!!......& Gayle claim #1 too

  • POSTED BY on | September 13, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    I seriously think there should be a separate ranking system for fast and spin bowlers because both of them are clearly different with fast bowling heavily relying on pace whilst spin is all about rotation if you see what I mean.

  • POSTED BY sidzy on | September 13, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    shows what a useful player watson is......My MVP.....

  • POSTED BY on | September 13, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    Ajmal really deserve in ICC shortlist....

    Watson No. 7 in batting and No. 7 in bowling, Australia is no where in T20 if he do not play.

  • POSTED BY mohsinmalik20 on | September 13, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    where is Muahammad Hafeez in the top bowlers? he was in top 10 and he bowled well in recent series..

  • POSTED BY on | September 13, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    Ajmal is the undisputed king of spin

  • POSTED BY on | September 13, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    An eye opener for ICC award committee.

  • POSTED BY kamran.afzal on | September 13, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    Ajmal, it's not fair to ICC and the prestigious committee... how much more are you going to embarrass them ?? (PS: it's the cricketer of the year award I'm referring to, and not the Test cricketer one...)

  • POSTED BY CharlesDS on | September 13, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    why arent indian players from 1 thru 10 on this list.. we are the world champions ppl... take a bow....

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  • POSTED BY CharlesDS on | September 13, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    why arent indian players from 1 thru 10 on this list.. we are the world champions ppl... take a bow....

  • POSTED BY kamran.afzal on | September 13, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    Ajmal, it's not fair to ICC and the prestigious committee... how much more are you going to embarrass them ?? (PS: it's the cricketer of the year award I'm referring to, and not the Test cricketer one...)

  • POSTED BY on | September 13, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    An eye opener for ICC award committee.

  • POSTED BY on | September 13, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    Ajmal is the undisputed king of spin

  • POSTED BY mohsinmalik20 on | September 13, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    where is Muahammad Hafeez in the top bowlers? he was in top 10 and he bowled well in recent series..

  • POSTED BY on | September 13, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    Ajmal really deserve in ICC shortlist....

    Watson No. 7 in batting and No. 7 in bowling, Australia is no where in T20 if he do not play.

  • POSTED BY sidzy on | September 13, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    shows what a useful player watson is......My MVP.....

  • POSTED BY on | September 13, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    I seriously think there should be a separate ranking system for fast and spin bowlers because both of them are clearly different with fast bowling heavily relying on pace whilst spin is all about rotation if you see what I mean.

  • POSTED BY phendel on | September 13, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    after the world cup we can expect Narine to be in the top 10 for bowling definitely!!!......& Gayle claim #1 too

  • POSTED BY on | September 13, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    Ajmal is the best bowler and will eventually be no.1 at test aswell. I wonder if ajmal was available for 10 years ago, he might have made pakistan win alot more matches. Same goes for Hashim Amla