How India can reclaim No.1 spot in ODI rankings

first_imgThe No.1 position in ICC ODI Team Rankings will be on the line when top-ranked team South Africa and second-placed India will face each other in the six-match series, starting in Durban on Thursday.ALSO WATCHTo retain the top spot, South Africa will have to draw the series, while India can top the ODI table if they win the series by 4-2 or better.However, India will slip behind England by a fraction of a point if South Africa win the series by 5-1 or better.Meanwhile, world champions Australia have dropped two places to fifth, while the ICC Champions Trophy winners Pakistan have conceded three points in the ICC ODI Team Rankings following an action-packed month of white ball cricket, which saw 17 ODIs being played between seven sides in Australia, Bangladesh and New Zealand.While the 50-over tournament champions have slipped in the team rankings table, England and New Zealand have been rewarded for their impressive performances against Australia and Pakistan, respectively.England (116) have moved up to third after gaining two points and New Zealand (115) have risen to fourth after earning three points.Following a 4-1 series defeat, Australia are now fifth on 112 points, while Pakistan, after being swept aside 5-0 by New Zealand, are sixth on 96 points. The top five sides are still separated by just nine points.In Bangladesh, the hosts went head to head with Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe in a tri-series, which culminated on Saturday with Sri Lanka beating Bangladesh in the final by 79 runs.advertisementFrom this series, all three sides retained their pre-series rankings, but Bangladesh conceded two points to slip to 90 and Zimbabwe earned a point to move to 53. Sri Lanka stayed on 84 points.Also in action will be the 11th-ranked Afghanistan and 10th-ranked Zimbabwe in Sharjah; the two sides will contest a five-ODI series in Sharjah from February 9-19 .This series will be their final preparation before the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier, which begins in Bulawayo and Harare on March 4.The top two sides from this 10-team tournament will progress to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, which will be staged in England and Wales from May 30 to July 15 next year.In the ICC ODI Player Rankings, Australia’s Marcus Stoinis is the biggest mover as he has vaulted 25 places to 28th position after scoring 221 runs in the series against England.Aaron Finch, who was the leading run-scorer with 275 runs, has gained two places and is now in the 15th position.The opener has now become his side’s second highest-ranked batsman, with David Warner sitting in third spot and captain Steve Smith slipping four places to 17th.England opener Jason Roy, who played a lead role in guiding his side to a 4-1 series win by contributing 250 runs, has jumped 12 places to 20th spot.Roy is now England’s third highest-ranked batsman after Joe Root (up one place to sixth) and Jos Buttler, who has returned to the top 20 in 18th position by rising three places.Travis Head and Jonny Bairstow are the other batsmen from the series to move in the upward direction.Head has climbed seven spots and is now 22nd after piloting Australia to their sole victory with 96 runs in a low scoring game in Adelaide, while Bairstow has gained eight places and is now 40th after scoring 157 runs in the series.The biggest news in the latest player rankings has come from the five-match ODI series between New Zealand and Pakistan where ICC Emerging Cricketer of the Year 2017 Hasan Ali has failed to defend his number-one position. The fast bowler has slipped four places to fifth after claiming six wickets in four matches.This means South Africa’s Imran Tahir will start the series against India as the number-one bowler, while Virat Kohli will defend his number-one batting ranking from AB de Villiers, who is just four points behind.Hasan Ali is not the only Pakistan bowler to lose ground. Mohammad Amir has also dropped five places to 31st to join Mohammad Hafeez in equal 31st position. Imad Wasim, who was unavailable for the series due to an injury, has slipped three places to 33rd.New Zealand bowlers were on fire in this series and Trent Boult, Mitchell Santner and Tim Southee have all made impressive gains.Boult has moved up two places to second after finishing the series as the leading wicket-taker with nine wickets, Santner is now in the seventh position after moving up three places following his six wickets, while Southee has lifted 14 places to 23rd after bagging eight wickets.advertisementAmongst the batsmen, Martin Guptill has been rewarded for finishing as the most successful batsman in the series (310 runs) with a rise of four places that has put him just outside the top-10 in 11th position.In doing so, Guptill has leapfrogged Ross Taylor (12th) to become his side’s second highest-ranked batsman after Kane Williamson, who has moved up two places to 8th following his 261 runs in the series.(With ANI inputs)last_img read more

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Zidane: Ramos is the best captain

first_imgReal Madrid Ramos is the best Real Madrid captain possible, declares Zidane Ryan Benson 00:34 2/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) ramos-cropped Getty Images Real Madrid Primera División Espanyol v Real Madrid Espanyol Sergio Ramos Zinédine Zidane The coach dismissed suggestions that the defender should have handed a penalty to Gareth Bale, suggesting that he is beyond reproach at Madrid Zinedine Zidane shot down suggestions Sergio Ramos is not a team player after an apparent recent penalty dispute and is adamant he is the “best possible captain” for Real Madrid.Ramos has had an incredible impact at Madrid having joined from Sevilla as a teenager in 2005, and he was made club captain following the departure of Iker Casillas in 2015 – skippering the club to consecutive Champions League titles in the past two seasons.But it was put to Zidane that his captain could have shown more team spirit by giving Gareth Bale the penalty Ramos ultimately scored to complete a 3-1 win at Leganes last Wednesday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The reporter highlighted Cristiano Ronaldo’s similar gesture against Alaves on Saturday, when the Portugal star allowed Karim Benzema – who has struggled in front of goal lately – to take and score a spot-kick in the 4-0 win.”Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but to doubt what Ramos means [to the club] is showing a lack of respect,” Zidane told reporters at his pre-match news conference before Tuesday’s trip to Espanyol.”We know what Sergio is about, as do his team-mates. He’s a much-loved figure here and he’s always proven that. He’s our captain, the best possible captain Real Madrid could have.”How can you start a debate because Cristiano gave a penalty to Benzema, but Ramos took a penalty instead of giving it to Bale?Facing @RCDEspanyol Captain @SergioRamos Injury [email protected]’s formFind out what #Zidane said in his pre-match press conference! https://t.co/5zzkjaQ8BK pic.twitter.com/uXZBidhRdO— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) February 26, 2018″It seems strange to start a debate because of this. He’s much-loved, but not just in the dressing room, all Madrid fans love him. He’s a great player.”last_img read more

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