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Rankings boost for Dilshan

Posted by on April 4, 2011 0 Comment

Tillakaratne Dilshan was the most notable mover in the ICC’s official ODI batting rankings released on Monday, with the Sri Lankan opener moving up to a career-high third spot.

With 500 runs, Dilshan was the top run-scorer at the World Cup and leapfrogged his captain in the ICC’s batting list, Kumar Sangakkara, staying in fourth spot.

South African pair Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers remain the top two ranked one-day batsmen, while Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir move up to ninth and 10th respectively. World Cup Player of the Tournament Yuvraj Singh, meanwhile, remains in 17th place, tied with Ricky Ponting and one place behind the only Associate player in the top 20 – the Netherlands’ Ryan ten Doeschate.

England number three Jonathan Trott is also a noteworthy mover, climbing four places to fifth.

Amongst the bowlers South African seamer Lonwabo Tsotsobe, despite playing just one World Cup game, rises to sixth place behind compatriots Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel in fourth and fifth respectively. New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori still heads the pile, with Zimbabwean Ray Price in second and England’s Graeme Swann third.

Ajantha Mendis is the biggest mover with his World Cup form seeing the Sri Lankan spinner jump nine places into eigth spot, while fellow Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga now sits 25th.

Meanwhile, in the all-rounder rankings, Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan still leads, with Yuvraj rising to fourth on the back of his Man of the Tournament award.

Despite winning the World Cup, India remain the second best ranked ODI side behind Australia, while Sri Lanka lie third and South Africa remain in fourth spot. Cricket365

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