West Indies players make big jumps in ODI rankings

ST. JOHN'S, Antigua -- Four West Indies players have made significant jumps in the latest International Cricket Council’s (ICC) One-Day International rankings.

Captain Chris Gayle, Vice Captain Ramnaresh Sarwan and star performer Shivnarine Chanderpaul have moved up in the batting, while lively fast bowler Jerome Taylor has broken into the Top 10 in the bowling department.

Gayle is also among the Top 5 allrounders in the listings announced by the ICC on Tuesday after the recent three-match Fortune Cup Series against Pakistan at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

The powerful Gayle scored 113 in the first match and 122 in the third. He moved up six places into fifth position. His off-spin has also been an important part of the West Indies attack and with his batting really firing, he has moved up three places and is now at Number 3 among the allrounders. In Sunday’s final match he took one wicket to move his career tally to 150.

“I’m playing well at the moment and I would like to maintain my good form and try to lift the team every time I go to the crease and every time I take up the ball,” said Gayle, who was named Man-of-the-Series.

Chanderpaul, who is Number 1 in the Test match rankings and the current ICC Cricketer of the Year, made 107 not out in the second match to jump two places to fourth. Sarwan, the stylish stroke-maker also had a good series making 162 runs in three innings with two half-centuries. He jumped seven places to 13th in the list.

Taylor, the athletic 24-year-old pacer, gained two places and is in the top bracket at Number 9. He was the leading wicket-taker for the West Indies with seven wickets at an average of 20.28 in the three matches.