Afridi breaks into world’s top ten

Published: April 4, 2011
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Shahid Afridi bowls during a cricket practice session ahead of their ICC Cricket World Cup semi-final match against India on Wednesday in Mohali March 28, 2011. PHOTO: REUTERS

Shahid Afridi bowls during a cricket practice session ahead of their ICC Cricket World Cup semi-final match against India on Wednesday in Mohali March 28, 2011. PHOTO: REUTERS

KARACHI: 

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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Reader Comments (8)

  • Hussnain Shah
    Apr 5, 2011 - 11:40AM

    Afridi was already on # 3 in all rounders.. You guys need to be updated lol!Recommend

  • MAD
    Apr 5, 2011 - 11:55AM

    @Hussnain Shah:

    Which is why the article just informs the readers that Afridi is also rabked number 3 in the all roundrs table. it doesnt mention any change in that ranking. teh article infomes the readers that Afridi is now ranked ninth on the list of ODI bowlers and is also ranked 3rd on the list of ODI all-rounders. ET doesnt need to be informed you need to make use of your common sense a bit more.Recommend

  • Krishna
    Apr 5, 2011 - 2:33PM

    Who cares, his heart is too big to play cricket.Recommend

  • Sher
    Apr 5, 2011 - 2:57PM

    Krishna…..we care. All of Pakistan cares. All his supporters care. If you dont care…suggest you stop reading articles about Afridi in our newspapers.Recommend

  • Sher
    Apr 5, 2011 - 3:04PM

    Krishna we care. Pakistan cares. All his supporters both in Pakistan and all over the world care. If you dont care why dont you:
    a/ stop reading Pakistani newspapers
    b/ stop reading articles about Afridi
    c/stop commenting on the articles

    somehow seems like u care quite a bit. Recommend

  • Amer
    Apr 5, 2011 - 4:47PM

    @Krishna (Indian): It shows how easily you guys get angry with others when they say something that’s even slightly against you or your way of thinking etc. When Afridi congratulated the Indian team and nation, he was your hero, when he said something (taken out of context by media) that you didn’t like, he is your enemy now. LOLRecommend

  • rk singh
    Apr 5, 2011 - 5:24PM

    afridi breaks into world’s top ten politicians????Recommend

  • MAD
    Apr 6, 2011 - 12:50PM

    @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.Recommend

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