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Kohli and Ajmal top ODI rankings

ESPNcricinfo staff

November 3, 2013

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ICC ODI rankings

  • Top 5 batsmen
  • 1 Virat Kohli (+3)
  • 2 Hashim Amla (-1)
  • 3 George Bailey (+6)
  • 4 Kumar Sangakkara (-1)
  • 5 AB de Villiers (-3)
  • Top 5 bowlers
  • 1 Saeed Ajmal (+2)
  • 2 Sunil Narine (-1)
  • 3 Ravindra Jadeja (-2)
  • 4 Steven Finn (-)
  • 5 Rangana Herath (-)
  • To see the full player rankings, click here.

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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Posted by cricketanand12 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.

Posted by bouncer709 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).

Posted by bouncer709 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.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully 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.

Posted by AbdulRauf-99 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.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully 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.

Posted by Flat_Trac_Bally 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.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully 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.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully 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.

Posted by Amsyrocker 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

Posted by   on (November 5, 2013, 8:37 GMT)

To all who say runs scored were on slow and flat pitches. What do you guys expect from a person born in india, to play most of his cricket outside india? and to the others who say wait for kohli to go to SA, Other way i could say that wait for steyn to come to india, see how he performs. i doubt if McGrath, Marshall were born in india, they would have got such fast bowling records they have, but still the are legends because they used those conditions and performed well above the others. Same goes to batsman. Each batsman is bound to perform good in is home conditions. The thing about kohli is he is 25 years old and has lot of time on his side. To all those who still doub't his skills, see Ind Vs Sri Lanka hobart scorecard where kolhi scored 130+ odd runs that enabled india to chase 330 runs with more than 80 balls to go. I am not a kohli fan nor i am against some one. But grow above these stupid reasons for one's success and enjoy the game.

Posted by   on (November 5, 2013, 8:15 GMT)

ajmal vs india:9 matches,18 wickets,19 average,4.14 economy..ajmal vs kohli;matches 8,63 runs in 62 balls nd 1 wicket..thts not very bad..bt junaid vs kohli is what we call bullied

Posted by Fijicricket on (November 5, 2013, 8:12 GMT)

Chaudhary Riaz on (November 5, 2013, 6:34 GMT) You are right !scoring runs on flat pitches doesn't prove anything, Pakistan win in INDIA on flat pitches didnt prove anything! Spot on!

Posted by   on (November 5, 2013, 6:34 GMT)

scoring runs on flat pitches doesn't prove anything, just wait and watch how they play in SA and yes kholi is a talented cricketer but Amla is a class!

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (November 5, 2013, 5:52 GMT)

@ fayyaz03. Why donot you come up with kohli vs Saeed Ajamal statistics? :P

Posted by fayyaz03 on (November 5, 2013, 5:07 GMT)

@Vishwas HS: Dear Mate! when you check stats guru, then look it in a broad way. His stats in Aus are good. But even that came against the mediocre bowling of Srilanka not australia. When comes to facing the quality bowling, he still lacks the skills. Here are some stats. Kohli vs Aus (in Aus) = Avg less than 25 Kohli vs S.A (at all venues) = Avg less than 40 Kohli vs England (In england) = Avg less than 40 Kohli vs Pakistan (at all venues) = Avg less than 40 Kohli vs Pakistan (in India) = Avg less than 10 Kohli vs Steyn & Morkel = Avg less than 20 Kohli vs Junaid Khan = Avg less than 5. Still long way to go

Posted by 9ST9 on (November 5, 2013, 4:57 GMT)

Kohli is a very rare talent but he has a HUGE attitude problem - 20 years from now he may have scored twice the number of runs as Tendulkar, but whether the world will respect him as they respect Tendulkar today, is very doubt able.

Posted by   on (November 5, 2013, 4:00 GMT)

It is not how good a batsman is but which team he represents. Chris Gayle is one of the top ODI batsman but the team he represents is full of politics. The ranking unfortunately would not consider that. Are we saying Sehwag is a bad batsman. This is list which keeps changing. Could be a good idea to make it more like billboard rankings with no. of weeks in the top spot.

Posted by Desihungama on (November 4, 2013, 19:50 GMT)

Grow up fans. Is this something we should be fighting about? Cherish the ranking of your country mates because these don't last forever. Ajmal, Kohli, Jadeja, Clarke, Sangakara are all great cricketers. Please learn to enjoy good cricket and appreciate the game no matter where it is played.

Posted by DrAtharAbbas on (November 4, 2013, 17:32 GMT)

There seems to be a mathematical anomaly in the bowling top ten. For the first three bowlers changing position and remaining the first three, the change of positions must add up to zero (-1 -2 +2) which is not the case. I explain: Sunil Narine moved down (-1) one spot, which means he was number 1 being at number 2 now. Jadeja moved two spots down (-2) which means in fact not Narine but he was Number 1. While Saeed Ajmal moved up two spots (+2) meaning he was at #3. Probably, Jadeja and Sunil Narine were both Number 1? is it the case?

Posted by India2014 on (November 4, 2013, 14:34 GMT)

While calculating average conditions and the situation of the game should be taken into account, I will say Tendulkar's 200 was lot better than Rohit's. A 100 in a flat pitch should only account to 50 in a seaming and bouncy conditions. This is not fair. Indian batsmen will always be on the top.

Posted by dariuscorny on (November 4, 2013, 14:20 GMT)

Hi @mzm149 it means you hv forgot irfan pathan was getting Mohd.Yousuf everytime in Pak,so did it justify Yousuf was mediocre or pathan was a worldbeater?dear dont just talk about a series, just look at a player with his skills and temprament.Kohli is an exceptional batsman in any condition.

Posted by amitdashore on (November 4, 2013, 14:00 GMT)

talking about rankings, if people want a fair rating for all batsmen n all bowlers, then pl appeal ICC to arrange for a calender for all the nations to play home and visitor to all the opponents with equal no of matches as having same playing conditions in 2 places even in same country will be impossible, let alone the pitches! or else have a different rating system for home and away, or better, have a different rating system for subcontinent, especially Indian batsmen (n bowlers who will be relieved!) or best just dont have a rating system at all so that everyone can boost themselves to be the best! if bowlers give away 7-8 rpo thats a problem, if they all out team for less than 100-150 thats also a problem! people want to see batsmen struggle, but cant see bowlers struggle! its only fair to have 350+ in one series n ~200 defended in other,

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 13:14 GMT)

i am one who hate kohli so much not for his batting for his behaviour....and also his attitudes.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 13:05 GMT)

guys stop fighting. rankings are there for a reason and whatever factor it considers, it is reliable thing. if any player you think deserve it more jadeja or ajmal. kohli or amla, they will acheive it by consistent performance. and if they are good they will be back on top.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 12:50 GMT)

Love you saeed Ajmal The true magician !!! <3

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 12:35 GMT)

@Haz95 : u said amla score in HOME...see you are contradicting your statement yourself....amla scores in his home, thats great and kohli scores in his home and thats not acceptable??? double standards hey???? please check the stats of kohli in SA, ENG, AUS, he has an average of almost 52 in these countries combined.... and now can you say SA, ENG, AUS are flat tracks??? here is the link...do check yourself....

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/253802.html?class=2;filter=advanced;host=1;host=2;host=3;orderby=start;template=results;type=batting;view=innings

regarding tests.... yes he needs to prove himself...dont forget he scored century in debut test series in AUS.... he is just 24 now..where as amla is nearing 32 i guess... kohli will only improve from here...... i am not saying kohli is great.. neither you should say kohli is mediocre without much proof.... stats speak ... kohli has already got 7 hundreds outside asia...

Posted by hayagriva on (November 4, 2013, 12:28 GMT)

It would be an interesting statistic to see how many runs have been scored by the top run scorers in their own home country. It is normal to assume that any player would play the most games in his own country and therefore it cannot be said against Kohli or anyone else that its not good enough if they are scoring in home country.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 12:24 GMT)

@Zahidsaltin wat abt this http://www.espncricinfo.com/commonwealth-bank-series-2012/content/story/555578.html

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (November 4, 2013, 12:09 GMT)

@ Zahidsaltin. If you donot know about the his scores while chasing 321 VS SL in Austrlia and 329 VS pak in Dhaka, then thats your fault. Check and understand his statistics first.

Posted by Amsyrocker on (November 4, 2013, 12:02 GMT)

@zahidstalin : You suffer from memory loss it seems, how about kholi smashing 133 in 86 against SL and made mockery of their 320 winning match for Ind in just 36.4 overs, that was in Hobart and oh that's in Australia, outside subcontinents LOL..and justify another thing, when scoring is so so easy in India, why can't any other player score 200 in Indian wickets, they play a lot in India in IPL and bilateral series. The stats say all, Ind is the only team which has won all three majors World Cups, ICC champ trophy, ICC T20, Held no 1 in test spot, held no ODI spot... Its takes more than flat tracks to achieve...Tell me which country you support and we will expose their stats.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 12:00 GMT)

Kohli had hit Srilanka in Hobart. He had hit Aussues bowling in test matches and made a century. He massacred Malinga the most feared death bowler.He had shown to world how to massacre bowling. Now start proving Kohli is not best. Step up your attempts blokes.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (November 4, 2013, 12:00 GMT)

@Mohammad Zamin. It seems like your argument is more weak because India played CT2013 in England, Trinations in WI, Against ZIM in ZIM recently before this series. And after those series, Jadeja reached at the top of the ranking. How dare you to downgrade such a player??.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (November 4, 2013, 11:59 GMT)

Anyone remember Kohli Vs Ajmal? Kohli smashed Ajmal all of the park all the time. He never got the wicket of Kohli in 8 matches played.

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (November 4, 2013, 11:39 GMT)

@Piyush Khadatkar, let him chase a few 300s outside subcontinent and then we will talk about it. Even his grandmother could chase 300 on these wickets where every match has a total of 700 runs in the two innings.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 11:37 GMT)

Becaue of IPL young indian batsmen and bowlers are playing with international stars. Morever competing internationa teamsl dont hate india as they used to before. The hotels,spectators,pitches and umpires were critical for foreign teams. Now its just the opposite all international teams or even star players like to play in india they love playing in IPl . Stiff competetions are no more everthing is played more in afriendly spirit, odi`s are more like entertainers and money making opportunties for organisers and everything connected to it.

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (November 4, 2013, 11:37 GMT)

In fact this point system is faulty. While awarding points to the batsmen, the system must consider the batting conditions. Runs scored on the wickets where these 7 ODIs were played, should rank lower. Indian wickets are not just flat but these are even worse for the bowlers. Every batsman in form would smash scores of his life on these highways.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 11:30 GMT)

Anyone remember Kohli vs Junaid Khan? 21balls, 1run, 3dismisals

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 11:27 GMT)

When we are going to see an article about Amla here ?

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 11:16 GMT)

@INDSlider, your argument is weak, why will Narine take wickets in the subcontinent when he is West Indian, you should count his wickets at home. Saeed Ajmal is by far the best spinner is world cricket today, his losing his number 1 position was just a temporary Lapse, Jadeja should not even be in the top 10. Please note everyone, all Indian cricketers are in the TOp 20 due to series played in INDIa itself not outside, unlike Pakistan that does not even play a home series..the conditions of the UAE are not exactly the same as PAkistan as the ball swings more in Pakistan, I ask people not to be blind for that. Also I am a big big Kohli fan, I ratehim greater than Sachin since he can be with the team till the last Ball unlike SAchin, I am confident he will perform outside India but I doubt Pujara and Dhawan will be the same, Dhawan has only played the Champions trophy outside..he needs more exposure, Also Amla held the no. 1 position for 3 years, that's a feat in itself.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 11:04 GMT)

ajmal is best

Posted by Haz95 on (November 4, 2013, 10:57 GMT)

Been hearing a lot about Kohli and how he's in with a shout of being all time best. Seriously? Kohli still has only proved 10%, and that 10% is that he can score in India and vaguely south asia. If he Can score like that in South Africa, he's #1 material but no I doubt that. That's why Amla should be #1. Amla play mainly at home where its bowling favoured but still has a 50+ average and a 90 strike rate, something Kohli can only do in India and possibly Zimbabwe. Amla is a true great who is very underrated. What's more is that Kohli must prove that he can play test, real cricket, not that T20i nonsense.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 10:44 GMT)

Don't want to take anything away from Kohli,but he's mainly done all this on batting paradises of India.He's yet to prove himself on bowling friendly or on even contest pitches. For me Amla is head and shoulders above.

Posted by vsroc on (November 4, 2013, 10:41 GMT)

Posted by Venkat Sraman on (November 4,2013) We all feel happy to know that Virat Kohli has moved to numbe r no. 1 spot in ODI batsman rankings.His consistent batting display against Australia in the recent ODIs enabled him to achieve this milestone.Further,five Indian batsmen are within the first 20 ODI rankings.This shows the supremacy of Indian batsmen in ODIs.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 10:39 GMT)

my favorite pleyrs ajmal and sahid afridi

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 10:13 GMT)

You cannot compare Kohli with Sanga and Amla coz they both are very different from Kohli.. But if you look at their performances.. Kohli is way ahead of them as far as chasing a 300+ target is concerned.. I also feel Kohli is ABde villiars of INDIA...

Those questioning his abilities to bat in aus/sa/eng just wait n watch guys...

Posted by Dev511 on (November 4, 2013, 9:46 GMT)

@Posted by super_six on (November 4, 2013, 5:24 GMT) if that was on a flat pitch than tell me how many of those 21 players (playing in that very match) scored a blitzing hundred that night ...... imbecile looser

Posted by MichaelBurton on (November 4, 2013, 9:33 GMT)

@Asad Mehmood: That is your ignorance in cricket friend. This ranking is related to ODI and during the past year. If you compare 2013 figures of top 5 bowlers, Ajmal and Herath stand at the top than the other 3. Ajmal - 43 wickets (14 in Asia) at an average of 18.9 and economy 4.09 Herath - 23 wickets (6 in Asia) at an average of 19.17 and economy 3.80 Jadeja- 46 wickets (21 in Asia), average 22.86 and economy 4.21 Narine - 23 wickets (0 in Asia) average 32.30 and economy 4.53 Finn- 19 wickets (7 in Asia) average 31.63 and economy 4.78 Ajmal has the best average and second economy rate while Herath has the best economy and second average. Jadeja has the third average and economy. Though Narine has the poorest average, he has taken all the wickets outside the subcontinent. Finn is poor in average and the economy also. Most importantly half of his wickets have come in Asia.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 9:29 GMT)

kohli might not be the best but he is certainly one of the best and the best when it comes to chasing targets..moreover,we should praise him because he is the best among young odi batsmen..he has competition with other players hashim amla (30),bailey(31),sangakarra(36),de villiers(29)msd(32),trott(32),dilshan(37),misbah(39),watson(32) and kohli is only 24..respect from pak..but he has attitude problems so many people hate him despite being the best of young odi batsmen

Posted by MichaelBurton on (November 4, 2013, 9:26 GMT)

@Asad Mehmood: That is your ignorance in cricket friend. This ranking is related to ODI and during the past year. If you compare 2013 figures of top 5 bowlers, Ajmal and Herath stand at the top than the other 3. Ajmal - 43 wickets (14 in Asia) at an average of 18.9 and economy 4.09 Herath - 23 wickets (6 in Asia) at an average of 19.17 and economy 3.80 Jadeja- 46 wickets (21 in Asia), average 22.86 and economy 4.21 Narine - 23 wickets (0 in Asia) average 32.30 and economy 4.53 Finn- 19 wickets (7 in Asia) average 31.63 and economy 4.78 Ajmal has the best average and second economy rate while Herath has the best economy and second average. Jadeja has the third average and economy. Though Narine has the poorest average, he has taken all the wickets outside the subcontinent. Finn is poor in average and the economy also. Most importantly half of his wickets have come in Asia.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 8:49 GMT)

ajmal is supervhero

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 8:48 GMT)

welldone ajmal and kohli

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 8:41 GMT)

this era is batsman era and still pak batting is the worst batting among all ..maybe the lack of international cricket at home ...poor for pak batters hope things get well soon

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 8:30 GMT)

A person that says that amla is not a match winner does not have a clue what he is talking about. without looking at the stats I can say that for all or almost all the senturies Hash scored in ODI's the proteas won. With a strike rate of close to 90 or more. It's not as if he was on flat tracks. And to still average more than 50 is very good.

Posted by piyer on (November 4, 2013, 8:30 GMT)

Hi guys,

Please what is going most of you are calling kohli a flat track bully. why is that only when an indian creates a record you people dont want to accept it. same with sachin and you call indian bowling is the worst bowling in the world, call anything you want. If kohli and suchin or any any indian batsman you name had to face the same indian bowing our batsman wolud have scored many doule tons.which other greats could not do. Ponting or Gilchrist never faced Mcgrath,warne,Lee some extend to gillespi but sachin did you can ask how is it possible to face there own bowling an thats the beauty of game. So sachin or kohli or any indian batsman are facing qualty bowling let be flat,bouncy or green pitch you people face indian bowling all over the world whom you call club level bowling but could not score a single double ton. Cricket is a testing of skill all over the world just not bouncy tracks. So can i call other fast track bullies not fair right? Kohli ll prove you wrong soon.

Posted by REALMADRIDFAN on (November 4, 2013, 8:27 GMT)

Kohli is only the second best batsmen in the world in odis at the moment. the best is ofcourse MSD. Sanga though the best batsman in test cricket for over a decade now. Amla is obviously very good but his side is not doing that great at the moment. same with ABD. those clarke supporters on this forum are daydreamers .

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 8:21 GMT)

rating is a just a matter of time and form, a player is judged only through his performance in different conditions(specially in un favourable conditions). if rating is so important then how can u justify that a world number one team is unable to win a series against number 6 and number 6 is unable to win against a test minnow zimbawe. they were unable to win bcoz home low ranking, home teams took the advantage of home conditions and the visitors were not good enough to tackle with the situations of home team. Now a days , kohli is in a superb form and he is playng on flat sub continental pitches, but it doesn't means that he is the best, similarly ajmal is playing on the turning tracks of UAE, thats why they are number one. even indian team has similar capable batsman as kohli.

Posted by Shazli on (November 4, 2013, 8:17 GMT)

People here are craving for contest between Ajmal and Kohli. I can't forget the contest between Junaid and Kohli in India earlier this year which was comprehensively won by Junaid all three times. kohli could score 0, 6 and 7 and Junaid took his wicket all three times.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 8:10 GMT)

Well nice to see Kohli on the top. I believe he has very long career however sometime I have problem with his attitude. I suggest Kohli have to control his aggregation toward opponent players.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (November 4, 2013, 7:49 GMT)

Some people are furious and trying to prove Kohli as 'ordinary'. For that they will call SL as weak opponent!! Kohli scored 2 of those hundreds in SL itself where they considered as tough opponents. Also 1 in Australia where SL reached finals of trination series (remember: SL beat Australia 3 times in that series). But at the end of the day, a top class player do not want a certificate from some jealousy individuals.

Posted by Albert_cambell on (November 4, 2013, 7:34 GMT)

Ajmal >>>>>> Anil kumble.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 6:42 GMT)

but sill kohli deserves that number one spot. because batting such long innings is not an ordinary thing

Posted by mzm149 on (November 4, 2013, 6:35 GMT)

People here are craving for contest between Ajmal and Kohli. I can't forget the contest between Junaid and Kohli in India earlier this year which was comprehensively won by Junaid all three times. kohli could score 0, 6 and 7 and Junaid took his wicket all three times.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 6:18 GMT)

Batsman's points from a match should be scaled down if it a high-scoring one. At the same time, the bowlers' one should also be scaled down when its a low scoring match. However, I must admit that the ranking of players is quite difficult. And if one batsman is unproven in one particular condition, he's not a bad one. Shane Warne was one of the top bowlers in the history but his test average against India stands above 45.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 6:07 GMT)

@ Ausie_the_Great,

de Villiers and Sanga definitely a better batsman than Kohli considering whatever they have delivered over the years. I am not so sure about Amla and Bailey. Amla is a great batsman but not a match winner and Bailey is a newcomer and yet to face the challenges of Ashes.

It is unfair to only consider the opponent and condition, if you also check the match winning capacity, pacing innings, verity of shorts, authority, Kohli will score big.

This raking is a ranking for a year, Kohli is a good batsman but lot to prove before he is called as great. But nevertheless the best prospect of world cricket today.

Posted by sachinisawesome on (November 4, 2013, 5:59 GMT)

People talk so much Blah Blah true test of a batsman is on bouncy wickets, then how come fast bowlers are judged overall. Why don't we judge Fast bowlers on their performances in India or in sub continent. Ajmal is a magician according to everybody but he is also playing in helpful conditions. When jadeja was no. 1 then also people had issue with his ranking, its clear that more than kohli or Jadega people actually have problem with any Indian player being at the top. If Kohli is ordinary according to some of the comments then Anderson, Steyn, Morkel, Philander, Broad, Ajmal all are ordinary as nobody has performed equally well in all the conditions. Complete hypocrisy.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 5:51 GMT)

In top 5 batsmen list I see tough competition and same for bowlers but rangna herath are you kidding me this is just my opinion no offense

Posted by Naseer on (November 4, 2013, 5:51 GMT)

There is no doubt that Kohli is a good batsman of current era specially in limited over cricket , but he still has a long way to become a great batsmen, he will have to excel in test matches and also he will have to score in tough conditions outside subcontinent against strong bowling attacks. only numbers should not be taken into account for judging someone's ability and class, in which condition and in which match situations these runs are scored should be considered while calling a batsmen a great or legend, the example is Rahuld Dravid not only he has got very good record in terms of numbers but also his away record is very good and he has good reputation of playing well under pressure in tough match situations.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 5:43 GMT)

If Mansoor is right (about Kohli being a flat track bully), then it doesn't bode well for India. Gavaskar on the other hand stated that Kohli will surpass Tendulkar. The true test of a batsman is the bouncy pitches of South Africa or the dangerous swing that England's cloudy conditions create. nderson is the King of Swing - but only in England. Outside of his Island Kingdom, he can sometimes be quite ordinary. We will find out how Kool Kohli is, when they go out on tour - SA or Down under.

Posted by SUPER_SIX on (November 4, 2013, 5:24 GMT)

The century he made against Sri Lanka in Hobart is also on a flat track & in a small ground.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 5:22 GMT)

One of the greatest performance has been executed by Virat Kohli to place in number one batsman in the whole world............. Biggest applause for Virat Kohli; Proud for all Indians............

Posted by Flat_Trac_Bally on (November 4, 2013, 4:57 GMT)

@ Mansoor Khan: You are absolutely correct mate. Of all his 17 hundreds, 11 against weaker oponents. SL (5), Ban (2), Zim (1), Nz (1), WI (2). No centuries against SA. 3 against us but all at home flat decks. He is definitely good in flat pitches but ordinary overall.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 4:47 GMT)

@Ausie_the_Great: I agree with you that most of kohli's runs have come on subcontinent wickets. But else can you expect out of a person, to play most of his cricket away from his home. The same could be applied to other greats also. Say for example if Steyn or Mcgrath would have played most of their cricket in india, there is great chance they would have been hammered. On the other hand Ajmal had performed exceptionally well on these dead wickets which you say. The thing is in current series both sides lacked quality bowling and batsman made most out of this and new fielding rules. As far as performing away from india is concerned see kohli's record in this http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=2;filter=advanced;home_or_away=2;home_or_away=3;orderby=runs;spanmin1=05+Jan+2011;spanval1=span;template=results;type=batting .His famous 133 vs srilanka was in hobart. P.S: I am not a kolhi fan nor against any one.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 4:36 GMT)

Virat Kohli out of his 17 ODI centuries 7 of them are in india and 6 of them still in South Asia and he had i a single hundred in Zim, Aus, England and WD .. so he is just a good player on Flat dead Pitches...

Posted by jaashky on (November 4, 2013, 4:09 GMT)

@Ausie_the_Great: Hello give it a break, where the hell did bailey scored? i think it's on the same flat tracks also. Further, sangakara and devillers are more mature in the international cricket and last but not the least sangakara has scored against India who has the weakest bowling attack in the world at the moment while by default Kohli has to play against the best in the business. His magical 183 against Pakistan and 140 against srilanka in Australia were mind boggling. Amla and Snga both are excellent players but both have limitations when comes to hitting big especially Amla, while Devillers is not very good against spin but is capable of turn any much around. For bailey though he is wonderful batsman but please see his innings you will find he ranges his hits from long off to mid wicket. In contrast to all of them Kohli has just a single weakness at the moment i.e. arrogance. For me Kohli is by far the most complete batsman in the modern cricket and deserves to be NO:1

Posted by Cricketfreak18 on (November 4, 2013, 4:07 GMT)

The greatest Cricket team will be made with Indian Batsmen and Pakistani Bowlers. Together they can beat any team on any day!

Posted by googletalk on (November 4, 2013, 3:57 GMT)

This point system needs a change. Scoring runs is tad easier in subcontinent pitches than Aus, NZ, Eng, SAF, WI pitches. So points for scoring runs should be determined by the percentage of runs from innings runs scored by a batsman. Same for bowlers, wicket taking in subcontinent is a difficult proposition, hence, points should be given in according to total wickets down in a innings. Playing against higher ranked team, and lower ranked team also need to consider, instead of judging all performance as 'same'. Then extra points for match winning performance.

Posted by Flat_Trac_Bally on (November 4, 2013, 3:25 GMT)

@golgoal: I am sorry to say this mate. Kohlis averages are inflated due to the centuries in dead flat wickets. All 4 (Amla, Baily, Sangakkara and Devilliers) are better than Kohli. Sangakkara is far better than kohli in year 2013. He averages 77.20 with quality batting display against top teams mainly in fast away pitches. These includes 134* vs Eng at Oval, 90* vs Wi at Port of Spain, 71 vs India at Kohli averages 54.36 with a lot of high scores in dead Ind picthes. Allways don't use hate and jelousy against other players who always take upperhand against your prefered players.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 2:45 GMT)

Finally Magician at Number 1 again, what a bowler Ajmal is . Remember, this Pakistan is one of the weakest sides Pakistan ever had. In batting you have Misbah and in bowing you have Ajmal, mad respect for them. The 2 lone warriors. Have not seen any player giving tough time to Ajmal .

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 2:22 GMT)

Surely Misbah deserves to be in the top 5 for batting now, his last few years have been tremendous

Posted by   on (November 4, 2013, 0:37 GMT)

First people laugh at you and when you show them their quality then they are silent. Jadeja faces the same situation here he is an excellent bowler and he is proving himself in international cricket i hope he can maintain his top 3 spot in coming months. Saeed Ajmal is really playing well as well as kholi.

Posted by TRAM on (November 3, 2013, 23:30 GMT)

@Wasim, True, the MoM awards are always given to batsmen. I am fed up with that too. The only thing in favor such partiality is that usually a bowler's achievement is a team effort (due to catches or stumpings), whereas the batsmen score runs all by themselves. Still, I would give the MoM for a bowler who takes top 3-4 wkts of the opponents than a batsman who scores a century.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 22:54 GMT)

Having seen the Pakastani fans commenting on Indian bowling it is time to comment on the Pakastani batting too. Both India and Australia have become great batting teams. One area they lack is bowling and with all due respect batters can win matches no matter how skillful the bowlers. It is very difficult to chock a batter in his zone specially with the current regulations.

This game of ODI has changed into a 30 over innings followed by a t20 hitting. The openers know their roll to contribute in the first 30 overs without loosing many wickets and the pinch hitters they follow add 150-200 runs as they do in IPL against a similar bowling lineup. The bowlers cant do much other then focus on wickets. Most damage is done in the space of 5-10 overs, after which the bowlers loose their sanity.

Posted by Chaudry_Cricket on (November 3, 2013, 22:45 GMT)

Congratulations Ajmal you are indeed a great magician and an absoulute gem for our bowling unit. To bad he came into cricket late otherwise he would have broke a lot more records. He has truly bamboozled the best in the business.

Kohli is an absolute beast in cricket. Man at the age of 24 has such great hunger for runs and such passion to perform for his country it is mind boggling. I believe he will become one of the greatest bats in odi after the legendary Sachin.

As a Pakistani fan I would love to have seen Ajmal vs Kohli in a test match but unfortunatly Politics will never let this epic battle happen.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 22:24 GMT)

both are deserving players for this ranking

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 22:16 GMT)

@Abdul Wahab Hashmi, Virat and Ajmal are #1 in ODI rankings. Why are comparing batting and bowling? Its illogical. And regarding your other statement, if pak is playing less cricket and if we consider your own bowling chart (link that you gave), Ajmal has 33 more games than next player on the list. So either case, it lacks logic. Just simply accept that they both are currently #1 in ODI and move on.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 21:20 GMT)

enjoying batting pitch like that would make anyone a good batsman in no time with so many batsman behind kholi he can play tension free where as in past tendulkar had to pull out the whole team from the dug but now cricket it much more batting friendly and BCCI being the richest board can provide every opportunity to its players which great indian players from the past could not get.

Posted by ADARSH100 on (November 3, 2013, 21:02 GMT)

Congrats to All the players. Kohli and Bailey deserves special appreciation. Congrats to Ajmal too.

Posted by binu.emiliya on (November 3, 2013, 20:58 GMT)

@Shez Khan Ajmal is very good But I rate Saqlain Mushthaq above Ajmal in test matches But in ODI Ajmal is very good

Posted by binu.emiliya on (November 3, 2013, 20:23 GMT)

Ajmal deserving that position yes he is the best bowler in the world right now , being an Indian Jadeja was expensive in the current series, but the pitches were flat, But some PAK fans are saying Jadeja is not picking top order wicket , I think Michel Clark is a top order batsman and Jadeja got him 5 times in the test series that too bowled or leg before And some people wonder why Rengana Herath is in the list.Do you all forget his 4/20 against india in WI? And he was consistent in that series , Give respect who deserves that

Posted by applethief on (November 3, 2013, 20:10 GMT)

@rajesh.kumar you are making things up, Ajmal has 18 wickets at 19.00 against India at an Econ of 4.14 - it's fair to say that India are his bunnies. 9 ODIs and India's supposed masters of spin are clueless against him-look at the stats, the only full member teams worse than India v Ajmal are Bangladesh and New Zealand.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 20:09 GMT)

Both kohli n ajmal deserves top spot, for all who says kohli scores on flat pitches but dnt forget hr scored in aus n sa he ies talented n hunger for runs every time he plays

Jadeja is not no.1 bowler he is always a normal bowler no comparisons with ajmal

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 19:56 GMT)

Indian bowling is the biggest joke in world cricket! I can't believe someone just mentioned that Jadeja should be rated higher than Ajmal... What a joke! My friends its not about wickets at all its about the economy rate! Ajmal just suffocates batsman like an anaconda and tears them apart! Unfortunately Narine is a decent bowler but because of his Indian forefathers he will never bypass the greatness of the Qadir's, Mushtaq's, Afridi's, and/or Ajmal!

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 19:52 GMT)

Ajmal is one the best spinners that have ever played the game. Too bad that he came into the game when he was 29 already unless he would have broken some records. He has collectively taken (ODI, Test and T20) 400+ wickets in just six years!

Kohli is also a diamond. I am from Pakistan but I love him bat.

Posted by mzm149 on (November 3, 2013, 19:51 GMT)

No doubt Kohli is an excellent batsman but Amla and de Villiers don't let anyone take #1 and #2 spot for long. They will bounce back. They are the best batsman right now.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 19:15 GMT)

Jadeja is a good alrounder infact but as a bowler he is averager. No variations, no big turn etc. But Ajmal is a magician.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 18:57 GMT)

for all those kohli critics he has ODI scored centuries in England, west Indies, Australia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh Zimbabwe and ofcourse India within a span of just 5 years! what more you want? deserves number 1 ranking!!

Posted by Haz95 on (November 3, 2013, 18:57 GMT)

LOL, weird comments here. Batting views= Clarke is not #1 material, he's fine where he is. Second, why the hell is Cook not in the top 10, third why is Misbah ul Haq not in top 5, he's by far on of the most consistent batsmen in ODi cricket in 2013. And lastly, why is Kohli higher than Hashim Amla? Hashim amla deserves the first spot cos he performs everywhere, not on flat indian pitches where people like Faulkner can score 100s or people who fail in Zimbabwe weeks later score 200s? Don't get me wrong, Kohli is good, but he's not #1 material, that belongs to Amla, he's #3 or #2.

Bowling= Finally the Magician is first, but why are Australian bowlers so highly rated? People like cocky but good spinners like Afridi or Swann are so low . And Jadeja doesn't deserve to be in the top 5 when people like Morkel are 6th. ICC seems to favour Indians, Both in Batting and Bowling. If they didn't, then those flat pitches wouldn't exist. T20s seem to be ruining Cricket

Posted by sweetspot on (November 3, 2013, 18:54 GMT)

@Wasim Ghumr0 - Shocking point you brought to my sharp attention, Sir. Many thanks. Such a tragedy for bowlers.

Posted by Jda123 on (November 3, 2013, 18:51 GMT)

Kolhi deserves it, just outstanding batting. It's great to watch

Posted by SaadRocx on (November 3, 2013, 18:48 GMT)

Congrats to both Kohli and Ajmal they clearly deserve the top rankings...just cause they played the Best cricket this year..PS! would like to see Kohli performing against SouthAfrica though.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 18:36 GMT)

kohli and ajmal top odi rankings or rather india and pakistan top odi rankings... :-) Had indian batsman and pakistani bowlers in the same team we would have witnessed another era of dominance such as that of the great westindians and mighty australian... wonder if they could be beaten..

Posted by shashankqvivek on (November 3, 2013, 18:20 GMT)

Kohli's Performance in Aus+Eng+SA = 1031 runs in 24 ODI's @ avg of 54.26 ! Now i want input's from people calling him Flat track Bully !

Posted by Crazy4cricket40 on (November 3, 2013, 18:06 GMT)

well no doubt about Kohli's talent and technique but this partiular series have been played on very flat tracks which helped him pass the amla Also helped dhawan, bailey and rohit sharma to jump the table. Honestly, very unfair to amla and other batsmens who have been playing on real cricket's sporting wickets. Shrama will really be tested on SA ptches. Let see.

Posted by umairaslum on (November 3, 2013, 18:03 GMT)

Amma had to leave to be with his family. Meanwhile kohli blasted fastest Indian hundred twice. That's why he's up there. He's proved his confidence in ODIs. He has to prove his temperament in tests. Test is the gauge of batting class. When bowler has ample support from pitch, time and conditions, then you can prove you can bat. Ball seams, swings, spins and stops. Kohli is yet to face that challenge. He is simply a changed person when he sees straight track.This is so far his greatest strength that he his confidence in pitch raises his skill to an unmatched level. I think he'd be the best ODI batter for some time bcoz odi pitches will give him confidence.

Posted by balajik1968 on (November 3, 2013, 17:53 GMT)

Finn and Herath was strange to see not because I have something against them, but because they haven't played too many matches recently. Same for Narine. Ajmal no argument, he deserves to be where he is at. Jadeja went for runs in the series against Australia so I guess he lost points.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 17:51 GMT)

@ the shoeb khan : i meant rankings change after each series. obviously based on whole of the perivious performances but they change after each series. in context of this post, it doesnt matter how many wickets ajmal has this year or jadeja has. this change is based on recent matches. ajmal was behind 10 points and he got on top. another example is naraine who has very less wickets this year but still at no2 and can claim no 1 again.

Posted by Patdabac on (November 3, 2013, 17:38 GMT)

@Srivaths Ramabadhran: Ermm I'm not calling your player Kohli a flat track bully but Adelaide is probably the flattest pitch in Australia atm. It is quite evident Kohli scores most of his runs on flat, small Indian pitches but he will become a good player in the future, as he's only 24 yo now.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 17:34 GMT)

Amla is A- Class. Kohli may be ranked #1 but he is still not in Amala's League. Ajmal is truly amazing. Pakistan has a record of ignoring its world class spinner and favouring Quicks. This explains Ajmal's late entry into International cricket. Abdur Rehaman is the latest spinner who is often ignored by the selectors. Yet we have seen how on his better day this lad is as good as even the best.

Posted by amitpat79 on (November 3, 2013, 17:29 GMT)

very well done virat.. you made all indian cricket lovers proud hope you keep up the good form very well deserved

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 17:22 GMT)

Number one bowler. 90 ODIs. Highest wicket taker of the year. And still no Man of the Match awards for Ajmal. Such a batsman's game.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 17:14 GMT)

@pitch curator- kohli vs ajmal has already happened and he has come out on top. India vs pak in asia cup, kohli scored 183 to lead the team to another succcesful run chase. good point about his biggest challenge being himself. i agree with you. SA is another big challenge. hope to see him come out with good knocks.

Posted by umairaslum on (November 3, 2013, 16:56 GMT)

Out of first five bowlers, four are spinners. Which shows where ODI cricket is heading. No room for fast bowler. Ball comes straight and flat. Belters like Kohli and Rohit who still need to establish and cement themselves in test arena, are getting ODI ranking. If they can show 50 plus average outside India in tests, then they can be compared with Amla or AB devilliers. Good skill fast bowlers are leaving ODI cricket and more importantly, are reluctant to play ODIs in India. Its OK for T20 but ODI pitches in India are asking too much from fast bowlers.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 16:55 GMT)

All those who thought kohli scores only on flat tracks...go and see the test match highlights in perth and adelaide where he scored 75 and a century...Do u call those a flat track???

Posted by jimbond on (November 3, 2013, 16:54 GMT)

Top five batsmen- has the expected lot, but top 5 ODI batsmen list is a bit of a surprise.

Posted by bouncer709 on (November 3, 2013, 16:26 GMT)

@coolitbaby: Where is Jadeja in t20 and test bowling ranking? I don't see him in top 10, Saeed Ajmal is 1st in ODI, 2nd in T20 and 4 in test. and where is all-round performance of Jadeja in t20 and tests? I don't see him in 10 all-rounders. Even in ODI all-rounders he is on 5, and continuously loosing points. Very soon you will not see him in top 10 in ODI too.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 16:20 GMT)

people comparing ajmal with jadeja?? this must be a joke. jadeja can really be compared with mohammad hafeez as both of them are all rounders. ajmal is on a different level from both of them. do remember hafeez was top ranked for while earlier in the year like jadeja in bowling rankings. he is still in the top 10. also topping the allrounders table. where as jadeja is way below at number 5

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 16:04 GMT)

i think Ajmal can play for next 6-8 years once he is fit like Misbah ul haq .........

Posted by Master_uv_Puppetz on (November 3, 2013, 15:57 GMT)

Go Ajaml :))))) Masha Allah

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 15:56 GMT)

misbah is remain in top 10 batsman, and hafeez retains no.1 allrounder

Posted by team_india_no1 on (November 3, 2013, 15:52 GMT)

@ Captain_Tuk_Tuk, thanks All these years i thought Rohit Sharma is the most technically sound batsman and failing due to bad shot selection while Virat Kohli, Dhawan and MSD have an very excellent cricketing head on his shoulders which make them dominate and neutralize the bowlers thinking capability. Congrats, You are India's new coach, mate.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 15:52 GMT)

For me Jadeja was never a proper bowler, only a part-timer at best. All he does is bowl straight, at varying pace. This is not sustainable, and most of his wickets are when batsman are trying to play a big shot. Unlike, Ajmal who picks top order wickets, while the batsman are trying to negate him and play defensive. There is really no comparison whatsoever between the two, day and night difference between the skills and class. Better for Jadeja to stick to his batting, if he wants to stay in the Indian side.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 15:48 GMT)

Yes, either Indian or Pakistani, we must agree that if Kohli is best ODI batsman, Ajmal is unarguably the best bowler of all formats in the world of recent times. And if we see stats of last three years, Ajmal is topping Kohli with one spot. Kohli has made second number of highest runs in last three years and despite Pakistan plays very less cricket than many test nations, Ajmal's still topping the charts.

Here are batting: http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=11;spanmin1=03+Nov+2010;spanval1=span;template=results;type=batting

And bowling: http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=11;spanmin1=03+Nov+2010;spanval1=span;template=results;type=bowling

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 15:38 GMT)

@ captain tuk tuk: misbah is not ranked lower because of his strike rate . hia avg was very good among the top scorers this year. the reason he lost points in rankings is that he has been poor in 2 matches so far.and did nit score much. he has more points after zimb series but lost now as he has 2 matches with low scores. his strike rate was less throughout the year . nothing surprise in it.

Posted by coolitbaby on (November 3, 2013, 15:28 GMT)

ajmal is a nobody when it comes to performing under pressure. jadeja (with ashwin) defended 16 runs off 20 balls with 5 wickets in hand against england in FINALS of champions trophy. ajmal (and irfan+junaid) were thrashed around by west indies no.10 an 11 for 40 runs in last 18 odd balls to win the game. against good teams under pressure in big games, rest assured ajmal is a no show.

Posted by Captain_Tuk_Tuk on (November 3, 2013, 15:21 GMT)

Kholi is good batsman but Rohit Sharma scoring 209 yesterday was just because of flat pitches as he does in IPL. Kholi and Dhoni are pure talent so is Dhawn I doubt Rohit is even closer to them. Misbah is ranked lower because of his strike-rate and average is also less as compare to others.

Posted by TheShoebKhan on (November 3, 2013, 15:11 GMT)

@khurram Rankings are not based on 1 series only. It considers a players performance in past one year starting from the day rankings were calculated.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 15:09 GMT)

@RibhavBansal yeah bro Jadeja got more wkts then Ajmal but he played 6 matches and got 8 wkts vs Aus on the other hand Ajmal got 6 wkts already in just 2 matches vs Sa with an economy of less than 3. . . @Rajesh.Kumar so you are saying that Ind and Aus competing with each other in how to ball worse then the other salute to your logic. This Australian has no Clarke and no Pat Cummins no Starc.

Posted by Praks on (November 3, 2013, 15:08 GMT)

Most of the top 5 truly deserve their spots. The only one I am surprised about is Rangana Herath, while he is very good at tests not sure he is such a good ODI bowler to be in the top 5. Not sure why many Indian comments are surprised about Ajmal being #1. As an Indian I have always been in awe of his skills and truly believe he has been #1 in the world for the last 2-3 years at least. If you go down the list the other one I am surprised in the top 10 is Dilshan at #8 even ahead of Misbah. Also surprised not to see Cook in the top 10.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 14:57 GMT)

guys odi rankings are based on 1 series not whole year so as some guys saying total number of wickets by jadeja and ajmal. it is not correct. before recent series ajmal was 10 points behind and the aus - india series has effected all bowlers involved and rankings does not only count wickets. there are other factors involved in it. it does not matter if jadeja took 46 in 28 games or ajmal took43 in 23 . that is irrelevant. even some 1 who has 22 wickets this year can claim no 1 spot.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 14:54 GMT)

@amer_mughal : i agree with your point on jadeja... but kohli is been consistent for 5 years now.... he is just 81 away from 5000 in just 110+ matches.... that is some consistancy you should say.... agree misbah is good batsman.... but ranking is not just one year record.... kohli has been in no 2 and 3 for long time... now he got runs and jumped in ranking.... same for misbah... he has earned no9 spot.... if he play like he played this year, he surely will claimb up... simple as it appears....

Posted by Jadejafan on (November 3, 2013, 14:49 GMT)

Can't really argue with that. Kohli and Ajmal have simply been the best batsman and bowler in ODIs for the last couple of years and deserved to be ranked the best in the world.

Posted by simplyadnan on (November 3, 2013, 14:48 GMT)

Ajmal has captured 43 wickets at 17.16 runs apiece in 22 matches in 2013 - the second highest tally by a bowler this year, next only to Ravindra Jadeja's 43 at 22.76 runs apiece in 27 matches.

Clearly some disillusioned fans on here! Ajmal is clearly and undoubtedly the best ODI bowler by miles!

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 14:47 GMT)

some i jadeja fans here saying that ajmal performed against sa who are poor against spin. and that ajmal performed only on spinning wickets.

as if jadeja was bowling on fast tracks? just in CT where wickets was fast. or as if he was bowling to the masters of batting against spin.

the thing you are forgetting is that ranking has nothing to do with what happened in this year. odi rankings change after each series. jadeja and ajmal has very little difference in rankings. and rankings consider economy as well. the recent series has damaged bowlers average so no wonder jadeja suffered because of it

Posted by 71-50ODIs12-9Tests on (November 3, 2013, 14:47 GMT)

Respect Magician AJMAL...He was Leading Wicket Taker in "INTERNATIONAL" Cricket (Tests+ODIs+T20s) in 2011, 2012 & also this year (82 wkts)... Amazing!

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 14:47 GMT)

kohli deserves first place he is the best odi batsman in world cricket

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 14:46 GMT)

for those who compare clarke with kohli.... remember clarke hides himself from new ball and powerplays, he bats at 5th order.... and take a look at kohli's record away from asia,,, in 42 innings he score 1743 runs at an average of 41.5 with 4 centuries, that is century per every 10 matches.... exceptional for any batsman.... take a look at clarkes recors... in 110 innings he scored 4179 runs at an average of 37.9 ( which is less that kohli) and with only 6 centuries , that is century per every 20 matches.....and now ... who is miles ahead???? the one who score a century for every 10 matches or the one who score in every 20 matches??? the one with an average of 41.5 or the one with avg of 38?? the one with stike rate of 86 or the with that of78?? the one who play at no.3 or the one who hides himseelf at no5????

dont rant here saying clarke this, that and all.... kohli has a long way to go.... but clarke is zilch in odi's now..... i prefer baily over clarke.....

Posted by TheShoebKhan on (November 3, 2013, 14:45 GMT)

Clarke is class apart. He has proved his mettle in test cricket. But Kohli is yet to establish himself in the longer format of the game. So no comparisons there. While only the time will tell whether Kohli will succeed in test cricket or not, but it is still too premature to say that Kohli is better than Clarke.

Posted by JayPmorgan on (November 3, 2013, 14:44 GMT)

@Rajesh.Kumar

Ajmal's odi record against India :

Mat Wkts BBI Bowl Av 5 Ct St 9 18 5/24 19.00 1 1 0

If this is ordinary , i can only imagine what your definition of good is . PS please make use of statsguru instead of BS to backup your argument.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 14:41 GMT)

Probably As a Indian , I must say Ajmal is one of the best bowler, He is the backbone of PAK bowling, Definitely Pak is shining against big countries like SA, ENG only because od strength. Comparison to jadeja, jadeja is still not a front line bowler like ajmal.He is still like a aprttimer although bowling 10 over quata everytime, but there is no point of comparision as ajmal have N number of variations.

Ya but i must say jadeja is bowling majorly in india where pitches sucks from the prospective of bowler, difficult to maintain STRK rate.so faverage comparision is not a key idea.

Posted by amer_mughal on (November 3, 2013, 14:34 GMT)

guys! why r u fighting.. the magician (ajmal) has his own class. he is one of the all time best spinners. on the other hand jadeja is nothing more than a joke being contender for no. 1 spot. kohli is gud batman but if u look his runs then what about misbah??? he has scored 1000 runs in 2013 and he is on 9th spot. he has scored against all teams. so dont fight and let the icc do his work and let the parameters decide the rankings.....

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 14:33 GMT)

@ Bilal Shah: The pitch conditions are different, but agreed Saeed wouldn't have gone for 41 per wicket even in Indian conditions...

Posted by TheShoebKhan on (November 3, 2013, 14:32 GMT)

The consistency with which Rohit Sharma is scoring his runs, it would not take him much time to give competition to Virat Kohli for the No. 1 ranking position.

Posted by binu.emiliya on (November 3, 2013, 14:31 GMT)

ICC is looking for average not number of wickets so Ajmal is on top he deserves that

Posted by Rohit... on (November 3, 2013, 14:29 GMT)

@ Peter_Jones2012 : Kohli has scored in all the pitches...Don't forget the 2 centuries in Australian pitches during India's forgettable tour there... Clarke is a great batsman but not of Kohli's standard.... And Watson is better than Clarke when it comes to batting... Clarke is lucky to be the captain when players like Watson & Bailey are there for Oz.

Posted by vismorkel on (November 3, 2013, 14:25 GMT)

People who say Kohli can score only in India simply don't follow cricket or are just biased coz he is an Indian batsman.Kohli scored 44 & 75 in a test match at perth & followed it up with a century in Adelaide in his first tour to Australia.Can someone tell me what Ponting did in his several tours to India.Kohli also played well in the ODI series which followed in Australia.Kohli has toured only Aus & Windies for tests,he performed in Aus.Windies was his first test series of his career so he did not perform.He hasn't toured any other country in his short career.He scored a ODI hundred against Windies in Trinidad in difficult conditions when all the middle order bats had returned to the pavillion while setting a target.He has scored a ODI hundred against England in England.In his first ODI tour to South Africa in he scored 87* in Port Elizabeth out of a team total 130/6 when rain came down.So he has scored runs irrespective of the conditions & people still say he is a flat track bully.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 14:18 GMT)

Saeed AjMal Best Bowler ODI Respect. Love uhhhhhh Saeed AjMal

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 14:18 GMT)

Ajmal is class; he performed everywhere and very well against all the teams including india which I believe play spin very well. He was second highest wicket taker during ICC T20 in southafrica when there was nothing for spinners at all. bowlers like harbajan singh could not single wicket.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 14:13 GMT)

@Jordanmacmilla88- But dude Clarke is not even in top ten rankings for ODI batsmen.. Ur comment is irrelevant..First of all, Clarke has to be in the top ten then he has to rise above towards no.1.. He has to earn it.. Kohli scored a 100 in hobart in mere 18 overs against srilanka.. And hobart is in tasmania, Australia.. Not India..

Posted by Manningham on (November 3, 2013, 14:12 GMT)

Objectively speaking, Ajmal is currently the no.1 bowler. The Aussies wouldn't have been able to score off him as freely they did off Jadeja.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 14:12 GMT)

Virat has batted very well throughout the year... he deserves no.1 spot... His match winning knocks were incredible...

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 14:08 GMT)

ajmal and jadeja have got same number of wickets 43 i guess but ajmal have played less matches then jadeja so dats y he is number 1

Posted by 71-50ODIs12-9Tests on (November 3, 2013, 14:08 GMT)

Some Indians talking about 'AJMAL's 1st position is a bit surprise' Here are some stats: Jadeja in ODIs 2013 (28 Innings, 46 Wickets, AVG:22.86 (Aus Series AVG:42 something) ECONOMY RATE:4.21) AJMAL in ODIs 2013 (Innings:22, Wickets:43, AVG:18.90 (Series against SA AVG:7.50) ECO:4.09) Enough, I think :)

Posted by Baseer_Piracha on (November 3, 2013, 14:04 GMT)

Good to see Ajmal back on No.1 Spot :D

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 14:01 GMT)

Form is temporary and class is permanent; however, there is no doubt that Virat Kohli is the best best batsmen on this planet as of now. He deserves a spot No.1. Ajmal is very hard to pick with the conditions favourable to the bowlers, The Asians fail to perform to their calibre when playing outside Asia. I believe the BCCI should think about the more seaming tracks in India so that Youngsters would love to be bowler; otherwise after the last match no one in India would like to be bowler

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 13:55 GMT)

4 of the top 5 bowlers are spinners......what happened to fast bowlers.....world had seen some great fast bowlers like Ws, Mcgrath, pollock, Vass, Lee, Akhtar are to name a few in the near past...

Posted by reason-galore on (November 3, 2013, 13:55 GMT)

@rabhavbansal... but ajmal is head and shoulders above the caliber of jadeja...

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 13:52 GMT)

Hey RibhavBansal, Ajmal has only played 2 ODI's where as Jadeja has played 6 matches.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 13:49 GMT)

A very well deserve feat.. Virat Kohli is truly the no.1 odi batsman at this moment.. His consistency is very impressive.. He scores match winning runs on a consistent basis.. Fantastic average.. But Saeed Ajmal no.1 bowler is a bit strange..Jadeja took more wickets than him this year.. Don't know what's ICC is thinking..

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 13:45 GMT)

@Ribhav Ajmal has taken same number of wickets (43 this year) as Jadeja, however, he has played fewer games than Jadeja ( I believe it's 8 or 10 less games than Jadeja ) I think rating is justified if we look at the stats.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 13:42 GMT)

Saeed Ajmal the best bowler in the world. Respect for Virat Kohl from Pakistan.i

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 13:42 GMT)

@ RibhavBansal: Jadeja has taken 8 wickets in 6 matches (current series against AUS) at an average of 41,8. Ajmal has taken 6 wickets in 2 ODIs against SA at a phenomenal average of 7,50. I think you have your answer now.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 13:34 GMT)

@ Ribhav: in ODI rankings for bowlers the run rate at which runs are scored against you also count and I think you will have to go look at the scorecards again for the series and the amount of runs Jadega was taken for..

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 13:34 GMT)

Ajmal Rocks... Every pacer, every spinner were picked by batsmen with their mystery balls, except saeed ajmal...best batsmen in world are still struggling to pick him up...Thumbs Up Ajmal

Posted by WhoIsSachin_lol on (November 3, 2013, 13:34 GMT)

Where has Kohli scored most of his tons? He is not in the same league as Clark, who can score runs everywhere, not just on road pitches.

Posted by Andy_Gridley2012 on (November 3, 2013, 13:29 GMT)

Kohli is useless. He is lucky that he gets to play on flat decks. Clark is a more of a balanced batsman. He doesn't need to bat, on the road pitches to improve his stats.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 13:28 GMT)

@RibhavBansal: Jadeja has only taken 3 more wickets than Ajmal having played 6 matches more than Ajmal this year. Head-to-head, Ajmal is more dominant. Narine has lost 1 place due to a lacklustre 2013 so far, not really a mystery.

Posted by Andy_Gridley2012 on (November 3, 2013, 13:25 GMT)

lol, even faulkner scored a century in India mate. Just shows why Kohli is ranked so high. Scoring runs on dead pitches means nothing, just show how one-dimensional these players are. Clark is way better.

Posted by Stark62 on (November 3, 2013, 13:23 GMT)

@ RibhavBansal Did you have a look at the statistics?!?!

Jadeja has played 28 matches, has 46 wickets with an average of 22.

Narine has played 19 matches, has 23 wickets with an average 32.30.

Ajmal has played 22 matches, has 43 wickets with an average of 18.90.

You can clearly see, Ajmal will surpass Jadeja in the wickets column by taking 4 wickets within the next 4 ODI's and he is miles ahead of Narine.

Posted by golgoal on (November 3, 2013, 13:22 GMT)

Sangakkara at 4 is just a joke. the guy manages to accumulate a few runs on tailor made home pitches but just becomes a cropper away from home. he was struggling to put bat to ball in champions trophy - the guy scored 7 runs in 44 balls against india in the CT match for god's sake !!

Posted by IMran_Rao on (November 3, 2013, 13:22 GMT)

@ RibhavBansal, kindly also acknowledge that Jadeja also got hit all over the park in all of the matches. You should see the highlights of the two games that ajmal has played so far in the series. He should have picked up more wickets had it not been some unlucky decisions made against him. I am referring to the plumb LBW decision against AB de Villers which should have been given.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 13:22 GMT)

@RibhavBansal: Ajmal took 6 wickets in two matches. Plus you look at the whole stats. The economy matters too and we all the what was wrong with Jadeja's figures there. And why is the bowling ranking strange? Jadeja doesn't even comes close to Ajmal's class even if he bowled well for a short while.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 13:21 GMT)

@ribhav saeed ajmal played less number of matches thn jadeja

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 13:21 GMT)

@ribhavBansal:

"Saeed had trailed Jadeja by 10 ratings points before the start of the series and, while the India spinner took eight wickets in the series against Australia, the Pakistan bowler has claimed six wickets in two ODIs against South Africa so far." ICC website

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 13:21 GMT)

@Bansal, No offence but you can't compare Jadeja with the class of Saeed Ajmal

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 13:20 GMT)

i think Ajmal has always deserved the no.1 spot cause he is always in form , a consistent bowler , he was before and he is now .

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 13:18 GMT)

@ribhavbansal Ajmal is a world class spinner and a match winner for his team whereas jadeja who only gain the no.1 spot only because england pitches support the left arm spin very much and now you can see how expensive he was on other pitches even on his home pitch

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 13:17 GMT)

ranking cannot improve only see the wickets of the bowler.. economy rate also matters where ajmal is far ahead on jadeja... and jadeja cant match the class of ajmal

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 13:15 GMT)

@RibhavBansal, if i am not wrong then he went for plenty of runs for those wickets. Ajmal and kohli deserve their places but i am a bit surprised about Hafeez as being the best ODI all rounder.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 13:13 GMT)

The bowler rankings also take into consideration things like 4 wicket hauls, the rankings of the opposition batsmen and the economy rate amongst other things. on those counts Ajmal has performed better.

Posted by Sherry123 on (November 3, 2013, 13:11 GMT)

@RibhavAnand - Do you have any idea about the economy rate of Jadeja in the games you mentioned?Just for your information that also plays a part in the ranking......

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 13:10 GMT)

@ ribhavbansal

its just more then wickets too, some more matches to go and i bet Ajmal will take more wickets then Jadeja... what's important to know and to understand is

this average is 18 :) ... no one can beat that.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 13:08 GMT)

itsnot only about wickets for bowlers, economy and other factors as well, no wonder after current aus- india series bowlers have lost few ranking points.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 13:08 GMT)

Ajmal deserved it too ffor his magical brilliance.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 13:07 GMT)

@ribhavbansal if only taking wickets and just playing matches than all indian batsman n bowler should be in top rankings .... just go n compare the stats first between ajmal n jadeja ull have ur answer .... no comparision at all btwn thm ajmal is a class.....nthng els n whr as jadeja is just a part timer .

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 13:03 GMT)

Jadega 46 in 28 matches while Ajmal 43 wickets in 22 Matches thats y

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 13:03 GMT)

Jadeja...8 wickets 6 matches.....Ajmal 6 in 2

Posted by   on (November 3, 2013, 13:00 GMT)

Ajmal has match winning performance with good economy, Jadeja has no comparison with Ajmal, Ajmal is shear class, Jadeja showed good performance only for a while, he would be out of india team soon. Ajmal has kept his position in all formats of the game since his inception and though he is 35+.

Posted by pull_shot on (November 3, 2013, 12:59 GMT)

Now everybody will shout kohli scored on flat pitches then what about ajmal he bowled on spinning tracks he was dropped in rankings while playing in WI,ENG and immediately back on top poor jadeja

Posted by Rajesh.Kumar on (November 3, 2013, 12:55 GMT)

Kohli is a deserving number one. Bowlers like Ajmal flourish only against teams like South Africa who are absolutely terrible players of spin. In any case, Ajmal was not succesful when he played in South Africa, it is only in helpful conditions in Dubai that he is succeeding. In any case, the UAE series between SA and Pak is a between two terrible batting sides, who are just competing with each other in how to bat worse than the other. This South Africa team has no Amla and no Kallis, and when ABDV doesn't click, its batting is as good as finished. Why is Ajmal's record so ordinary against Indians, who play spin well?

Posted by hotcric01 on (November 3, 2013, 12:47 GMT)

congratulations kohli and ajmal.Both are well deserved no.01 spot in ODI format.

Posted by RibhavBansal on (November 3, 2013, 12:45 GMT)

Jadeja also took wickets in the 6 matches they played, more than Ajmal if I may add, Narine has not played any ODI cricket for some time now, a bit strange, the bowler rankings...

Posted by ashokvetri on (November 3, 2013, 12:31 GMT)

Kohli deserve the No:1 Rank..

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