ICC news March 31, 2015

Starc becomes top-ranked ODI bowler

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Mitchell Starc rose two places to claim the No.1 position for the first time in his career © Associated Press

Mitchell Starc has soared to No.1 in the ICC bowlers' rankings in ODIs following a stellar World Cup campaign, where he was the leading wicket-taker and player of the tournament. Australia, with their fifth World Cup title, also retained the ODI shield having finished as the No.1-ranked side at the time of the April 1 cut-off date.

Starc came in to the World Cup seventh on the list, but his 22 wickets at 10.18 and an economy of 3.50 earned him 147 rating points and pushed him to the top spot for the first time in his career. He struck at least twice in every game he played, including a majestic six-for against New Zealand in Auckland which nearly helped Australia defend 152.

Part of the reason why Australia had failed to win that game was because of the damage done by another left-arm swing bowler Trent Boult. He finished the tournament with 22 wickets as well and vaulted nine places to a career-high sixth position in the rankings.

South Africa legspinner Imran Tahir, India fast bowler Umesh Yadav, and Australia's James Faulkner made big gains as well. Tahir leapfrogged nine places into second position following his 15 wickets from eight matches, while Yadav broke into the top 20 for the first time after ending his campaign with 18 wickets at 17.83. Faulkner, who took 10 wickets - including three in the final to claim the Man-of-the-Match award - climbed 12 positions to 23rd.

AB de Villiers reclaimed the top position among ODI batsmen, and also became only the 11th player in history, and second South African after Hashim Amla, to collect more than 900 rating points. It would be scant consolation though after their tournament ended in heartbreak at the semi-final in Auckland.

There was no change in the top five batsmen, but Steven Smith and Martin Guptill, who were both named in the ICC Team of the Tournament, made the biggest moves, jumping to the 12th and 22nd places respectively. Kumar Sangakkara, who ended his ODI career after a highly productive World Cup - 541 runs including four consecutive hundreds - is second on the list.

The only change in the top 10 positions for ODI allrounders was the entry of South Africa's JP Duminy, who moved up four places to ninth. Tillakaratne Dilshan retained top spot, closely followed by Shakib Al Hasan. Pakistan's Shahid Afridi signed off from ODIs as the sixth-ranked allrounder.

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  • Alex on April 1, 2015, 1:55 GMT

    He is improved but not still up to his potential. He need to come close to stumps then he will be threatening on every ball. He still floats ball often.

  • J on March 31, 2015, 18:49 GMT

    For a team having two batsmen and two allrounders in the top 5 in each category, SL's performance in the WC was grossly unimpressive. It shows although bat dominated the WC it's the bowling that matters most not only in the WC but always. Unless one reads the cricinfo's player profile or listen to the commentary or read the sports columns it's difficult to figure out some of their bowlers as spinners or medium pacers. Their fast bowlers cannot play more than two games on the trot. The moment they try they are prone to injuries.

  • John on March 31, 2015, 17:57 GMT

    Just looked at the rankings. Wasn't sure who was where before the WC but it seems strange that Elliott is some 43 places behind Williamson and 36 behind Taylor. And from and England fan's POV it seems strange that Morgan is still in the top 100 let alone the top 50 after this WC. Smith is 2 places behind Bailey and yet Bailey was ousted while Smith was prob Aus best batsman in the tourn and has done well all year. I guess sometimes the rankings don't always reflect player's form etc

  • Dummy4 on March 31, 2015, 17:34 GMT

    @weirdbeard420 - kohli is ranked no.4 cos he has done well for the past 2 years .. these rankings are not based on solely the WC ... otherwise Amla would also not be ranked in the top 10 ... Kohli averages more than 40 in almost all the countries and against all countries .... and even though he is being labelled a failure in the WC, he still managed a 40+ average .. that's a hallmark of a great player ... good but not great performance is often termed failure ....

  • Weird on March 31, 2015, 12:09 GMT

    How does Virat Kohli rank in the top-5 batsmen worldwide? He's not even the 5th best batsman in India!

  • Mustafa on March 31, 2015, 12:07 GMT

    Will he be consistent with his fiery aggressive bowling?

    I predict Mitchell Johnson's career trophies will exceed his.

  • Dummy4 on March 31, 2015, 11:31 GMT

    This ranking system is a farce. Does not reflect the true potential. If a top player skips a couple of series, he will be down and out of top 10. Do you include retired players in the list? With all due respect to Sanga, retired players should not be there in the current list.

  • Avik on March 31, 2015, 10:40 GMT

    Saeed Ajmal, Sunil Narine and Umar Gul were missed in this WC.

  • Wesley on March 31, 2015, 10:21 GMT

    Starc is the prototypical ODI/T20 bowler, his lengths and variation suit the short game, in the test arena he is over pitching and cannot bowl the same ball twice in an over, almost like the Fast bowling version of Tahir, both exceptional in the short game.

  • hamish on March 31, 2015, 10:20 GMT

    I am surprised that Corey Anderson is not ranked in the top 10 odi all rounders. Is his bowling economy rate too high?

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