Monday 21 April 2008 

Salman Butt Out On His Own After Run-Fest

More than 400 runs in the Pakistan-Bangladesh One Day International series has seen Salman Butt take a clear lead in the Cricket World® ODI MVP Ratings.

His rating of 68.6 sees him replace compatriot Shoiab Malik at the head of the table while there is daylight between him and the chasing pack, led by Graeme Smith, Sachin Tendulkar and Brendon McCullum.

Shahid Afridi, who is becoming more and more of a threat with his leg-spin than his explosive batting, just makes it into the top ten overall with a rating of 32.3, which is almost all due to his bowling.

That however, is enough to see him top of the ODI Bowling rankings, overtaking Andre Nel, and compatriot Shoaib Malik, who drops out of the reckoning.

Salman Butt is well clear in the batting ratings while Mohammad Yousuf drops from second to ninth after a relatively lean time of things with the bat.

Unsurprisingly, no Bangladeshis made an impact, although Shakib Al Hasan's century in the fourth match helped him into 11th place (batting) and Mashrafe Mortaza finds himself in 22nd place (bowling).

ODI Overall Ratings

1 Salman Butt 68.6 (up 40)
2 GC Smith 43.4 (up 1)
3 S Tendulkar 42.6 (up 1)
4 BB McCullum 42.0 (up 1)
5 JH Kallis 41.2 (up 1)
6 HH Gibbs 33.0 (up 3)
7 CH Gayle 32.6 (up 3)
8 AB De Villiers 32.5 (up 3)
9 S Chanderpaul 32.4 (up 3)
10 Shahid Afridi 32.3 (up 30)

ODI Batting

1 Salman Butt 68.6 (up 33)
2 GC Smith 43.4 (no change)
3 S Tendulkar 42.6 (no change)
4 BB McCullum 42.0 (no change)
5 JH Kallis 36.6 (up 2)
6 S Chanderpaul 33.3 (up 2)
7 HH Gibbs 33.0 (up 2)
8 AB De Villiers 32.5 (up 2)
9 Mohammad Yousuf 31.8 (down 8)
10 G Gambhir 30.2 (up 1)

ODI Bowling

1 Shahid Afridi 24.8 (up 50)
2 A Nel 24.0 (down 1)
3 NW Bracken 18.6 (no change)
4 CK Langeveldt 18.0 (no change)
5 DL Vettori 17.9 (no change)
6 M Morkel 17.9 (no change)
7 Shoaib Akhtar 17.8 (no change)
8 KMDN Kulasekara 17.3 (no change)
9 P Kumar 16.5 (no change)
10 M Kartik 16.5 (no change)