Rampaul makes big strides in ICC rankings
Georgetown, Guyana – The West Indies bowlers have also made good progress in the latest ICC Player Rankings for ODIs with fast bowler Ravi Rampaul and leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo heading in the right direction.
Rampaul, the 26-year-old right-arm pacer, claimed eight wickets in three matches of the just-ended Digicel One-Day Series and has been rewarded with a jump of 15 places which has put him in 29th position. The 25-year-old Bishoo, who finished as the leading wicket-taker in the series with 11 wickets, has rocketed 114 places and now sits just outside the top 100 in 116th position.
West Indies opener Lendl Simmons has rocketed 150 places to 67th position after finishing as the leading run-getter in the series with 279 runs at just under 70. The 26-year-old marked his return to the team after a year-long break with four half-centuries. He won the Man-of-the-Match award in the last match with a blazing 77 not out off 73 balls.
In the ICC ODI Championship table, Pakistan had started the series with a difference of 35 ratings points relative to West Indies. This gap had meant Pakistan was expected to win the series convincingly. As such, because the rankings are weighted to reflect this difference, Pakistan’s failure to win comfortably has meant it has dropped points.
Despite losing 3-2, the West Indies has earned four ratings points which puts them five points clear of ninth-ranked Bangladesh, while Pakistan has dropped three ratings points to open the gap with fifth-placed England by five points.
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