Raina And Anderson Lead Cricket World MVP Ratings
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The Cricket World® Most Valuable Player (MVP) Ratings give a snapshot of the current in-form players around the world. The system works by assigning points for each run scored, catch and wicket taken in the last 12 months and rewards consistency as well as excellence. Gurjeet Sapal rounds up the latest Test rankings.
After a scintillating start to his Test career, Suresh Raina sits on top of the batting table for the Test rankings having just hit 86 from 128 balls in India’s historic one-wicket victory over Australia this week. After three Tests Raina already has two fifties and one hundred to his name.
Thanks to two entertaining centuries, Bangladeshi left-hander Tamim Iqbal is in second place on 69.3 points. Although he has not taken part in international cricket since the series in England this summer due to an injured wrist, the two centuries in June show the high class of player he is. The dominance of Iqbal in foreign conditions is the most impressive factor of his innings. Those centuries came in consecutive games as he smashed 108 off 114 balls, including 11 fours and one six at Old Trafford and 103 from 100 balls at Lords, including 15 fours and two sixes.
Kumar Sangakkara had a very successful tour of India with the bat, which means he now stands at third place on the Cricket World MVP Test batting rankings. He hit two impressive centuries and a brilliant double century in the series, hitting 708 from 10 innings at an average of 78.66 and was the mainstay of the Sri Lankan batting line up.
ICC Cricketer Of The Year Sachin Tendulkar holds fourth place after a typically classy knock against Australia this week. Tendulkar caressed his way to 98 before playing across the line to a straight Marcus North ball and being adjudged LBW. In his last 11 matches Sachin has scored 1200 runs at an average of exactly 80, including four fifties and six hundreds. It is this fine form that he has maintained over a twenty-year career that sees him in the top MVP rankings regularly.
Tendulkar’s Indian team mate, Virender Sehwag trails him by just a tenth of a ranking point in fifth place as he continues to pile on the entertainment in all forms of cricket that he plays. In his last 11 matches, Sehwag very nearly equals Tendulkar as he has hit 1358 runs at an average of 79.88. This superb effort has also included six hundreds as well as five fifties. His highest score was almost a record breaking one, as he hit 293 against Sri Lanka late in 2009. Had Sehwag hit his third triple century of his Test career he would have been the first player in the history of the game to have done so.
Rounding out the top ten are Tim Paine, Jonathan Trott, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Jacques Kallis and Simon Katich.
After the recent series between England and Pakistan where controversy reigned supreme and the ball dominated the bat, there are four England players in the top ten and a further three Pakistan players also.
James Anderson is at the top of the Test bowling MVPs with 61.7 points. He thrived in the swing-friendly conditions of the recent home series against both Bangladesh and Pakistan. During the English summer Anderson took wickets consistently against the sub-continent batsmen, taking 32 wickets in total at an average of 16.84. The pinnacle of his performances was the Trent Bridge Test against Pakistan where he took 11 wickets in the game for just 71 runs, including six wickets in the second innings for just 17 runs. England will be hoping that he can continue his good form in to the Ashes down under where they will need him to keep the likes of Shane Watson and Ricky Ponting quiet.
One of Sulieman Benn’s most recent performances was his six-wicket haul against South Africa this summer. This has seen him sail into second place with 52.7 points, just one point above English off-spinner Graeme Swann.
Swann has continued to go from strength to strength throughout the English summer. He started to lay the foundation to a very strong career last year and since the 2009/10 season he has taken 65 wickets at an average of 23.72 runs per wicket. In his last three Test matches he has taken 23 wickets, including a six-wicket and a five-wicket haul. There is no doubt that Swann has been an integral part of England’s success over the past 12 months and if his side are to be successful in the winter’s Ashes then he is going to have to continue his terrific form in to the fast approaching series.
South African quick bowler Dale Steyn is at fourth position with 48.7 points and he will be looking to climb the leader board with the upcoming Test series with Pakistan just over a month away. In 2010 Steyn helped the Proteas to a 2-0 victory over the West Indies by taking 15 wickets at an average of 18.13. This included a five wicket haul in the first game that helped to dismiss the West Indies batting line up for just 102.
Young left arm seamer Mohammed Aamer is at five in the table as his career has started with brilliant promise and passion. He bowled fantastic spells with the new ball, giving the England captain Andrew Strauss problems. He took 11 wickets against Australia and 19 wickets against England in the summer, although he has been hampered by the spot-fixing allegations and has been suspended from all cricket. As a result, he is likely to fall down the rankings in the near future.
English seamers Tim Bresnan and Steven Finn follow Aamer in sixth and seventh place. They have both been picked to compete for the Ashes and will both be looking to gain higher rankings on the MVP leader board.