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Yuvraj Singh and Zaheer Khan back in top 20 of LG ICC ODI Player Rankings
by ICC Media Release


Scorecard:India v South Africa, England v West Indies
Player:Yuvraj Singh, Z Khan, AB Agarkar, SR Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, RS Dravid, KP Pietersen, RT Ponting, NW Bracken, SM Pollock, JH Kallis, GC Smith, M Ntini, A Nel, AJ Hall
Event:India in British Isles 2007, West Indies in England 2007

DateLine: 2nd July 2007

 

Indiaís Yuvraj Singh and Zaheer Khan are back in top 20 of LG ICC ODI Player Rankings after completing impressive tours of Ireland.

 

Yuvraj scored an unbeaten 49 to level the three-match series against South Africa and then stroked a masterful 59 not out on Sunday to steer India to a six-wicket victory that gave his team a 2-1 series win.

 

These stellar performances have moved him up two places to 19th position in the LG ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen. Zaheer Khan missed the side's opening game, against Ireland, but came back for the series against South Africa in which he took three wickets in as many games. This has helped the 28 year-old rise two places to 20th in the LG ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers.

 

Khanís new ball partner Ajit Agarkar has also climbed the list, up three places to 12th position after the Ireland leg of the tour.

 

India legend Sachin Tendulkar has benefited from an excellent series against South Africa following a disappointing start to the tour when he scored just four against Ireland.

 

The 34-year-old, who became the first player in the history of the game to complete 15,000 ODI runs, has moved up two places to 21st position in the batting list.

 

Tendulkar had briefly climbed to 17th after superlative knocks of 99 and 93 in the first two games but slipped four places after Sunday's final match in which he scored eight.

 

India vice-captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has dropped two places through no fault of his own and is now ranked sixth in the LG ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen.

 

The 25-year-old from Bihar missed the first three games of the Ireland tour because of illness before returning for the last game against South Africa in which scored 14 not out and featured in an unbroken 44-run fifth wicket stand with Yuvraj Singh. A player loses one per cent of his rating for every match he misses.

 

India has the chance to make progress up the LG ICC ODI Championship table in the coming weeks as it will be playing another eight ODIs before the ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa.

 

Rahul Dravid's side faces traditional rivals Pakistan in Glasgow on Tuesday and then plays a seven-match series against England in August and September.

 

Englandís Kevin Pietersen still occupies the top batting spot in the ODI list with Australia captain Ricky Ponting in second place. Pontingís team-mate Nathan Bracken is Shaun Pollockís closest rival for top position in the bowling list.

 

There was no good news for the South Africans in the latest edition of LG ICC Player Rankings.

 

Proteas' captain Jacques Kallis's slide down the batting list continues as he is now 12th after losing one place following the series against India. He has also dropped four places in the bowling rankings and is now placed 38th.

 

Graeme Smith has dropped three places to 10th after missing the Ireland tour as he recovers from knee surgery.

 

Makhaya Ntini is the only South African to show improvement in the LG ICC ODI Player Rankings as he has gained one place to sit in sixth place in the bowling rankings.

 

Ntiniís team-mate Andre Nel has maintained his spot at 10th in those rankings but Andrew Hall has slipped three places to 15th position.

 

LG ICC ODI Championship (as of 2 July)

 

Rank Team Rating

 

 

1 Australia 130 2 South Africa 124 3 New Zealand 113 4 Pakistan 111 5 Sri Lanka 110 6 India 109 7 England 105 8 West Indies 98 9 Bangladesh 45 10 Ireland 27 11 Zimbabwe 22 12 Kenya 0

 

(Developed by David Kendix)

 

 

LG ICC One-day Rankings (as of 2 July)

 

Batsmen

 

Rank Player Team Points Ave HS Ranking

 

1 Kevin Pietersen Eng 823 55.64 834 v Aus at Antigua 2007

 

2 Ricky Ponting Aus 799 43.31 805 v SA at Johannesburg 2006

 

3 Mike Hussey Aus 766 58.90 863 v NZ at Perth 2007

 

4 Matthew Hayden Aus 746 43.99 854 v Ind at Centurion 2003

 

5 R.R.Sarwan WI 742 44.55 798 v Ind at St Kitts 2006

 

6 Mahendra Dhoni Ind 736 46.97 806 v WI at Kingston 2006

 

7 Adam Gilchrist Aus 729 36.00 820 v SL at Dambulla 2004

 

8 Michael Clarke Aus 728 45.60 749 v SA at Centurion 2006

 

9 Andrew Symonds Aus 726 39.46 774 v Ban at Fatullah 2006

 

10 Graeme Smith SA 725 39.29 784 v Ind at Kolkata 2005

 

11 M.Jayawardena SL 719 33.86 737 v WI at Colombo (RPS) 2001

 

12 Jacques Kallis SA 717 45.49 816 v WI at Johannesburg 2004

 

13 S.T.Jayasuriya SL 712 32.95 838 v Ban at Pietermaritzburg 2003

 

14 Rahul Dravid Ind 711 40.07 754 v WI at Kingston 2006

 

15 K.C.Sangakkara SL 702 36.18 760 v Ind at Rajkot 2007

 

16 Chris Gayle WI 696 37.77 804 v Aus at Mumbai 2006

 

17 S.Chanderpaul WI 689 38.34 754 v SA at Durban 1999

 

18 H.H.Gibbs SA 687 35.86 750 v SL at Durban 2003

 

19 Yuvraj Singh Ind 685 36.00 739 v WI at Port-of-Spain 2006

 

20 Mohammad Yousuf Pak 681 41.02 777 v SA at Rawalpindi 2003

 

Bowlers

 

Rank Player Team Points Ave Eco HS Ranking

 

1 Shaun Pollock SA 894 24.02 3.71 920 v Pak at Johannesburg 2007

 

2 Nathan Bracken Aus 794 21.36 4.34 806 v SL at St George's 2007

 

3 Shane Bond NZ 790 19.32 4.20 811 v SA at St George's 2007

 

4 Chaminda Vaas SL 753 26.79 4.18 861 v SA at Colombo (RPS) 2004

 

5 M.Muralidaran SL 741 22.68 3.84 913 v NZ at Sharjah 2002

 

6 Makhaya Ntini SA 705 23.76 4.38 782 v WI at Cape Town 2004

 

7 Daniel Vettori NZ 697 32.94 4.22 767 v Eng at Perth 2007

 

8 Brett Lee Aus 686 22.65 4.69 853 v SA at Melbourne 2006

 

9 Abdur Razzaq Ban 673 22.61 3.92 711 v Eng at Bridgetown 2007

 

10 Andre Nel SA 664 27.62 4.62 672 v Ind at Stormont 2007

 

11 Brad Hogg Aus 656 27.10 4.49 661 v SA at St Lucia 2007

 

12 Ajit Agarkar Ind 644 27.43 5.01 676 v WI at Kuala Lumpur 2006

 

13 Lasith Malinga SL 635* 24.94 4.82 647 v Aus at Bridgetown 2007

 

14 Andrew Flintoff Eng 632 25.88 4.38 755 v Ban at Dhaka 2003

 

15 Andrew Hall SA 630 26.44 4.51 655 v Eng at Bridgetown 2007

 

16 Shahid Afridi Pak 619 35.26 4.60 622 v SL at Abu Dhabi 2007

 

17 Harbhajan Singh Ind 618 32.29 4.14 735 v WI at Bridgetown 2002

 

18 Mohammad Rafiq Ban 617 37.90 4.43 650 v Zim at Bogra 2006

 

19 Jacob Oram NZ 613 30.58 4.52 766 v Aus at The Oval 2004

 

20 Zaheer Khan Ind 604 27.71 4.86 700 v SA at Dhaka 2003

 

 

All-rounders

 

 

Rank Player Team Points HS Ranking

 

1 Shaun Pollock SA 496 496 v ASI at Chennai 2007

 

2 Jacques Kallis SA 379 505 v WI at Bridgetown 2001

 

3 Chris Gayle WI 373 511 v Zim at Harare 2003

 

4 Andrew Flintoff Eng 370 544 v SL at The Rose Bowl 2004

 

5 S.T.Jayasuriya SL 341 463 v Pak at Lahore 1997

 

* Indicates a provisional rating


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