Afridi breaks into world’s top ten

World champions India close gap on Australia.

Express April 04, 2011


Pakistan’s limited-overs captain Shahid Afridi has climbed five places in the International Cricket Council (ICC) player rankings for One-Day International (ODI) bowlers to reach the ninth position.

Afridi is also among the top five all-rounders in ODIs, occupying third position in the rankings. Besides the captain, other Pakistanis to have improved their rankings include off-spinner Saeed Ajmal, jumping nine places to 20th among bowlers, while Mohammad Hafeez leap-frogged 25 places to reach the 36th position.

Among the batsmen, Test captain Misbahul Haq improved his position by three spots, jumping to the 36th after he remained Pakistan’s highest scorer in the World Cup.

New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori is the top-ranked bowler in the rankings while South Africa’s Hashim Amla is the number one batsman. Bangladesh captain Shakibal Hasan leads the all-rounders’ rankings.

In the team standings, India have closed the gap with ICC ODI Championship table-toppers Australia after their triumphant World Cup campaign, the winners are now just seven points behind Australia.

However, Australia will have the opportunity to increase their lead over India in the three-match series against Bangladesh, which is starting next week.

Pakistan continue to occupy the sixth position in the team rankings, just two points behind fifth-placed England.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 5th,  2011.

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MAD | 9 years ago | Reply | Recommend @To all Indians: What Afridi said was stupid and he himself has regretted it. his comments about the Indian public were wrong and if it helps we in pakistan feel the same way. however you must agree that he was not entirely incorrect about the media. how about we stop arguing over public statements from those who have no business discussing such matters and focus on the cricket. We in Pakistan have clapped for Sehwag and Sachin and yes even in India I seem to remember a resounding ovation given by the Chennai crowd to Saeed Anwar on his 195. Afridi should not have gone into a political discussion he was wrong and yes he has admitted that he did not mean what he said. Lets hope for a peaceful coexistence for both countries and may our battles/ wars only be restricted to the field of play.
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