Bangladesh, India consolidate their ODI rankings
India and Bangladesh have consolidated their International Cricket Council (ICC) One-Day International rankings after emphatic series victories against Zimbabwe and South Africa respectively.
Bangladesh's first ever series win against South Africa gave them three points, which takes their tally to 96, stretching their lead over West Indies and Pakistan to eight points.
This has helped them cement their qualification chances for the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, while putting them on the heels of the sixth placed England, who have 98 points.
India prevented any drop in the standings by claiming a 3-0 clean sweep against Zimbabwe, which helps them hold onto their second position in the ICC ODI Rankings.
While India, with 115 points, are 14 points from catching up with table leaders Australia, they have a three point lead over the third-placed World Cup runners-up, New Zealand.
Among the players, Soumya Sarkar of Bangladesh gained significantly from his performances against South Africa, moving up to a career-best 15th position while Nasir Hossain claimed the 37th spot in the ICC Player rankings.
South Africa saw both AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla consolidate their first and third ranks respectively, while Faf du Plessis moves to the 17th spot.
Among the bowlers, Shakib Al Hasan is now in seventh position while Marshafe Mortaza moves up to 26th, with both the players reaching the landmark of 200 ODI wickets during the South Africa series.
Rubel Hossain (currently ranked 40th), Mustafizur Rahman (currently ranked 69th), Mahmudullah (currently ranked 75th), and Nasir Hossain (currently ranked 92nd) also gained significant upward movement in the rankings.
Shakib also retained his pole position as the leader of the pack of all-rounders in ODIs, extending his lead over second-placed Tillakaratne Dilshan to 17 points.
Indian players also saw substantial gains in the rankings after a good show in Zimbabwe, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar inching closer to the top 10 after ascending to the 12th position.
Though rested for the tour, Suresh Raina moved up one spot to 19th place, while Zimbabwe’s Chamu Chibhabha reached 89th position, gaining 33 places after scoring two half-centuries in three games.
Harbhajan Singh, who was making a comeback after four years, zoomed up 154 places into 101st position, after having reached the landmark of 700 international wickets.
There will be even further movement in the ICC Rankings with the Sri Lanka-Pakistan ODI series nicely poised at 1-1 with three games to go.
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