ICC rankings November 3, 2013

Kohli and Ajmal top ODI rankings

ESPNcricinfo staff

Virat Kohli's outstanding form in one-dayers has lifted him to the top of the ICC batting rankings in ODIs, the first time he has reached No. 1. Saeed Ajmal reclaimed his crown in the bowling charts, jumping up two places to displace Ravindra Jadeja and Sunil Narine.

The other major change in the batting top ten was the rise of Australia captain George Bailey to No. 3, up six places after a series in which he made 478 runs at an average of 95.60 in six innings. The other big gainer in the bowling top ten is South Africa's Morne Morkel, who also climbed six spots to reach No. 7.

India's openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, both of whom were in form against Australia, have also risen sharply in the rankings. Rohit, who broke the record aggregate for a bilateral series with 491 runs, has leaped 25 spots to a career-best 15th place, while Dhawan, who is enjoying a golden 2013, has moved up to 12 places to be No. 11. With MS Dhoni at No. 6 and Suresh Raina 19th, India have five batsmen in the top 20.

Kohli takes over as No. 1 from Hashim Amla, who has held the top spot since November 2010. He smashed the quickest and the third quickest centuries by an Indian in ODIs to power two 350-plus chases against Australia, and is among four batsmen to have scored more than 1000 runs this year.

While the series in India has been dominated by batsmen, the Pakistan v South Africa ODIs have seen bowlers make more of an impact. Ajmal took six wickets in the first two ODIs to move past Jadeja and Narine.

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  • anand on November 10, 2013, 2:36 GMT

    Jadeja will be 25 by this year and ajmal will be 36.Jadeja has already taken mor tthan 100 wickets.he is still gaining experience.by next 5 years,he will have playere against all the countries in all the ccountries.8 I know jadeja will hardly be able o bowl doosra and teeera but he will learn more.Best part abouthim is he can bat also well.Just suppose if he plays till 38,30 one-dayers per year I.e 390 and nearly 500 wickets.So he really has future and fan become most successful bowler it he continues in the same way.Otherwise there are many better spinners ready to grab their chances.

  • Ata on November 7, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    @ Fast_track_Bully and other Indian fans, I my self think Kohli is great player, but see his record against Pakistan, 8 matches, 261 runs, 37 average as compared to his overall average 51. In total 261 runs once he played 183, in other 7 matches his score 16, 18, 9, 0 , 6, 7, 22* (total 78 in 6 innings average: 13).

  • Ata on November 7, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    @Fast_track_Bully where is Jadeja in T20 , Test bowlers Ranking. ok. ok. I agree with you he is allrounder... But I don't see him in 10 all-rounders in T20 and Tests too... Now you should say he is a batsman who do bowling too... but see his batting average in Test (19) and T20 (10). Jadeja gets few wickets because batsmen score runs for India, recent example chasing 383 autrailian were going behind the bowlers, and it gave Jadeja chance to get few wickets. While against Ajmal batsmen try to defend. Now look at the all-rounders list, Hafeez is there on top, and Afridis is also there in the list. Jadeja is continuously loosing points, soon will be removed from top ODI all-rounders list too.

  • Manesh on November 6, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    @AbdulRauf-99. Thats in your dream only. He is playing all 3 formats and performing well. Due to his abilities he is in the top all rounders lists too. Donot be jealous. Do you still remember Champions Trophy, Asia cup and WC matches? It was Pakistan who afraid and lost it even before the match in those situations.

  • Cricinfouser on November 6, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    @ Fast_Track_Bully, Haha your comments makes me laugh, Jadeja better then Ajmal... In your dreams, you'll see Jadeja won't play even a match soon, He is not a good bowler and a terrible batsmen, Why do you think that India won't come to U.A.E for a series against Pakistan??? Because they are scared that they'll lose badly.

  • Manesh on November 6, 2013, 4:19 GMT

    @Ausie_the_Great. I am coming up with statistics. How can be that baseless? I can say Ajmal got all his wickets by luck, then what? Ajmal can be compare with Ashton Agar not with Jadeja. Even if Jadeja is an all rounder he is doing better bowling than Ajmal. that is a bitter truth.

  • Monoz on November 6, 2013, 3:17 GMT

    @ Fast_Track_Bully : Hay mate don't make people laugh by baseless arguments. It is even a disgrace for Ajmal to compare him with Jadeja. Jadeja is an ordinary bowler who was lucky in few recent matches. Ashton Agar will definitely come up better than Jadeja for sure. Better compare Ajmal with Narine or Herath.

  • Manesh on November 5, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    To everyone who criticizes Kohlis runs on flat track , why are you silent on Ajmals wickets which is on spinner friendly tracks!. Look at the performances of Jadeja and Ajmal in CT2013 England on the same pitch which supports fast bowling: Saeed Ajmal (Pak) 3 matches 4 wickets 2/38 (best) 4.36 (eco.) - RA Jadeja (India) 5 matches 12 wickets 5/36 (best) 3.75 (eco.)- It says all. And after all Jadeja is an all rounder who need to focus on his batting too. So, Jadeja is more valuable player than Ajmal for sure.

  • Manesh on November 5, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    @Abbas Cheema. thats not very bad for Kohli..infact it is good from Kohi!. There will be a out of form series for every batsman. Do you remember Afridi was the bunny of Irfan Pathan when India last toured Pak.

  • Alex on November 5, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    @Abbas Cheema : Alright dude, then what happened to your Junaid at ICC champs trophy 2013 ?? Poor lad didn't get any wickets in the match which mattered most comparison to a useless bi-lateral series. Kohli guided Ind to easy victory and that's the last match b/w Ind vs Pak recently. Be assured when it will come to imp matches or any ICC events Ajmals and Junaids will be made mockery by Indian batsman.. Look at history urself starting champs trophy, ICC T20 WC, and all WC events