ICC news July 25, 2013

Misbah climbs up ODI rankings

ESPNcricinfo staff

After a productive series with the bat against West Indies, Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has moved to a career-best seventh place in the ICC rankings for ODI batsmen.

Misbah was Player of the Series for scoring 260 runs, which included four half-centuries in five matches, in Pakistan's 3-1 victory. The performance also helped him stretch his lead over Kumar Sangakkara as the leading ODI run-getter in 2013. Misbah now has 808 runs this year with nine half-centuries.

Umar Akmal, who was not part of Pakistan's Champions Trophy squad in June, also made a successful comeback to the side, scoring 175 runs at a strike rate of 111.46. It helped him jump ten places in the batsmen's rankings to 13.

Shahid Afridi, who had an excellent first match in which he scored a half-century and picked up seven wickets, also moved up the rankings and is now placed 28th among bowlers and 47th among batsmen.

The batmen's rankings continue to be led by the South African pair of Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers, followed by Virat Kohli. Sunil Narine heads the bowlers' list, followed by England's Steven Finn and James Anderson.

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  • Dummy4 on July 29, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    No doubt about that misbah is great fighter

  • Android on July 26, 2013, 0:45 GMT

    Good to see Umar Akmal played really well. Also kept wickets well. Hope he will continue his form and break into top 10 in ODIs again.

  • M on July 25, 2013, 23:15 GMT

    It is bizarre that Misbah is blamed for slow batting. In the current Pakistani line-up Hafeez and Shahzad, considered as more aggressive and explosive top order batsmen have strike rates in the low 60s or 50s. Misbah on the other hand, has a strike rate of 75 alongside some excellent modern day batsmen such as Sanga, Mahela, and Trott. it is hard to fathom what the fuss is about???

  • Asim on July 25, 2013, 20:31 GMT

    I think Misbah becoming the best pakistani batsmen today have a lot to do with the confidence PCB gave to him that despite being many ordinary performances as a batsmen after 2007 and poor ODI series as a captain they still persisted with him which made him think that his place is always secure along with hafeez. I think if PCB gives the same confidence to Umar Akmal and others in the coming years then they can also become great players. I still remember Misbah was given chanes in Pak Aus series in Sharjah in 2002 and one or two other series when he was young and Inzi got injured and he did the same tuk tuk in those matches so they dropped him so people cant complain that he was not given a chance. At that time pak had many naturally talented players so there was no place for ordinary players like misbah and hafeez. Again PCB needs to identify young talented players and give similar confidence to them without droping them after one series and they will start performing.

  • ESPN on July 25, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    Its good to see some one from paki side to be in top 10 batsman list which we were missing for quite a while hats of to him. Coming to Afridi i think they have to give him a chance as an opener with either shahzad or jamshed and let him do what he wants to be and not giving too much advice to him and let him play his natural game. Its a long time seeing pakistan a blistering start some what like 70 odd in 10 overs

  • Dummy4 on July 25, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    I agree with Yaqoot. Misbah is probably very under-rated. PCB and fans of Pak cricket should realize, before pointing fingers at him, that he always leads from the front. He is one player I would def have in my 11 only because of his consistency and determination. He doesn't throw away his wicket. He could, if he want to, just slog away like some batsmen and get out. Consider who would you prefer in your team: a batsman who slogs, plays "fast", makes 20 something runs in 10 something balls or a batsman who plays the whole 50 overs, eats up balls BUT makes 50+ runs every time. Cricinfo, please publish this. - From an Indian fan

  • muhammad on July 25, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    Umer Akmal and Misbah are the two best batsmen in the team with Nasir Jamshed to follow... It was totally absurd when Umer akmal was dropped from champions trophy ...he was in the top 15 batsmen and was also consistently performing in the ODIs .... But the problem is we expect too much from him ...mostly he comes when the scoreboard is 70/5 or somewhat like that or the scoring needs to be done much more aggressively ....and when he fails to do so in few occasions all the axes are put against him .... He needs to be promoted up the order at 5 with misbah at 4 ... who will guide him through his innings keeping his temperament in check ....

  • Dummy4 on July 25, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    Misbah is defying age so 'Tendulkar like', keeps getting better with age although due to the age factor now he has certainly lost on strike rate but nothing against his well done, 40 years old and going strong what a role model for other younger Pakistani batsmen to follow! be like him please we need more Misbahs in our side, hats off to Ahmed shehzad and young Nasir Jamshed and Harris Sohail too......PCB has to persist with Harris he is our alternate to the soon to reture Afridi......who now needs to hang his gloves for good, thank you for all the service to Pakistan cricket Mr. Afridi but now its time to let go, your inclusion in the team is an inspiration no dought but you no longer belong in the playing 11.

  • Eddie on July 25, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    his comeback over the last couple of years has been very good but hasn't gotten enough attention. Misbah really seems difficult to dislodge and can dig in. His and Marlon Samuels comebacks have been positive stories for world cricket

  • Dummy4 on July 25, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    Good job Captain (Mr Consistent).

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