Tigers stalk closer to England in rankings


Bangladesh continued their recent fine run of home form in ODI cricket with an inaugural home series victory over South Africa on Wednesday to make it four successive home series victories.

The 2-1 triumph helped cement their ICC Champions Trophy 2017 qualification, as well as their seventh place position in the ICC ODI Team Rankings, and they also closed the gap on sixth-placed England to two points, while the Proteas remained in fourth place but dropped three rankings points to 109.

Following their 3-0 series victory over Zimbabwe, India maintained their second place ranking and still remain 14 points adrift of Australia, who lead the field on 129 points.

Soumya Sarkar had a series he won't forget in a hurry and his scores of 27, 88 not out and 90 propelled Bangladesh to victory, and also vaulted the 22-year-old 35 places in the ICC Player Rankings for ODI Batsmen, to a career high 15th on 671 points. Another upward mover for the hosts was Nasir Hossain, who moved up one place to 37th.

The top 10 remained unchanged which meant that AB de Villiers in first position, and captain Hashim Amla in third, were the leading batsmen for South Africa. Faf du Plessis gained one place to 17th after scoring 110 runs in the series.

In the rankings for ODI Bowlers, Shakib Al Hasan moved up one place to seventh and now lies just one place, and three points, behind Australia’s Mitchell Johnson. Shakib joined his captain Mashrafe Mortaza in claiming their 200th ODI wickets in the third ODI in Chittagong and Mortaza moved up two places to 26th.

But the biggest movers were Rubel Hossain (up 15 places to 40th), Mustafizur Rahman (up 19 to 69th), Mahmudullah (up 15 to 75th) and Nasir Hossain (up 18 to a career high 92nd).

Leg-spinner Imran Tahir dropped three places to fifth in a disappointing series for the South Africa attack this time around, with no front line bowlers making upward progressions in the top 100.

Shakib retained his number one spot in the rankings for ODI All-rounders on 418 points, 17 clear of Sri Lanka’s Tillikaratne Dilshan.

Meanwhile, following India’s 3-0 series victory over Zimbabwe which concluded earlier this week, a number of players on both sides made significant gains.

In the Batting ranks, the biggest mover in the series was Zimbabwe’s Chamu Chibhabha, whose 157 runs in the three games (including two half centuries and a top score of 82) vaulted the 28-year-old 33 places to 89th.  

India medium pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar climbed four places to 12th in the bowling rankings after taking five wickets for 80 in the series. There were also gains for his team-mates Akshar Patel (up 18 to a career high 47th), Mohit Sharma (up seven places to 51st) and Harbhajan Singh, who lies just outside the top 100 in 101st position, but has climbed a noteworthy 154 places.

For Zimbabwe, Tendai Chatara (up one to 31st) and Prosper Utseya (up one to 37th), were the chief movers.