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Narine moves top of ODI bowling rankings

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

West Indies offspinner Sunil Narine eclipsed Pakistani Saeed Ajmal to move to number one for the first time of his short career in the latest ICC ODI Bowling Rankings. 


Ajmal lost his place after conceding figures of 10-0-71-0 against minnows Ireland recently, dropping from 784 points to 757, which allowed Narine (764) to claim the top spot. 


It took the Trinidadian just 28 games to achieve the feat, having snatched 47 wickets at an average of 21.68 and economy of 3.87 since his debut in December 2011. 


He became the first West Indian to top the list in ODIs since Curtley Ambrose in 1997, though medium pacer Ian Bradshaw came close when he rose to second in 2006.


Narine (778) is also the number one bowler in the T20Is, ahead of Ajmal (742) and Sri Lankan Mendis (716). 


Further down the ODI bowling list for West Indies are Kemar Roach (20th), Ravi Rampaul (26th) and Darren Sammy (28th) while the top ranked regional batsman are Kieron Pollard (32nd) and Chris Gayle (36th).



1    SP Narine (WI)    764    
2    Saeed Ajmal (Pak)    757    
3    ST Finn (Eng)    747    
4    Moh. Hafeez (Pak)    708     
5    LL Tsotsobe (SA)    689    
6    CJ McKay (Aus)    665    
7    JM Anderson (Eng)    664    
8    Abdur Razzak (Ban)    663    
8    RA Jadeja (Ind)    663    
10    M Morkel (SA)    655    
10    DW Steyn (SA)    655    
20    KAJ Roach (WI)    608
26    R Rampaul (WI)    558
28    DJG Sammy (WI)    555
52    AD Russell (WI)    477



1    AB de Villiers (SA)    882    
2    HM Amla (SA)    874
3    V Kohli (Ind)    812    
4    MS Dhoni (Ind)    784    
5    IJL Trott (Eng)    777    
6    KC Sangakkara (SL)    735    
7    TM Dilshan (SL)    731    
8    AN Cook (Eng)    703    
9    SR Watson (Aus)    691
10    BB McCullum (NZ)    681    
32    K Pollard (WI)    591
36    CH Gayle (WI)    569
41    DM Bravo (WI)    561​