WC stars climb rankings | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, April 05, 2011 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, April 05, 2011

WC stars climb rankings

Sri Lanka's Tillekeratne Dilshan has risen to his career best ranking to date in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsman.
The 34-year-old all-rounder is occupying third position on the rankings after scoring the most runs in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 -- a total of 500.
ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 winners Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir have also moved up the rankings, with India's opener rising one place to ninth while Gambhir's hard-fought 97 runs against Sri Lanka in the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup on Saturday has seen the 29-year-old rise four places to occupy 10th.
Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara still occupies fourth place while India's Yuvraj Singh, the ICC Player of the Tournament for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 remains in joint 17th place with Australia captain Ricky Ponting, the latter having risen six places.
Meanwhile, Netherlands's Ryan ten Doeschate continues to be the only Associate player in the top 20 of the batting rankings with the Dutchman sitting in 16th place.
Other batsmen moving in the right direction include England's Jonathan Trott in fifth (up by four places), South Africa's Jacques Kallis in 12th (up by three places), Ross Taylor in 19th (up by one place), Upul Tharanga in 26 (up three places), Mahela Jayawardena in 28th (up by three places), India's Suresh Raina in 31st place (up by four places), Misbahul Haq in 36th place (up by three places) and Jesse Ryder in 42nd (up by 13 places).
South Africa's duo of Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers continue to occupy the top two positions.
In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers, Sri Lanka's Anjantha Mendis is one of the big movers with the spin bowler rising nine places to take eighth place, a position he last occupied in 2009.
Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has climbed five places to now sit in ninth, which India's World Cup winning spinner Harbhajan Singh has risen two places to now sit 18th on the list. Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal has rocketed up nine places to now occupy 20th place, while just outside the top 20 Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga has risen three places and is now sitting in joint 25th position with South Africa's Johan Botha.
Pakistan's Mohammed Hafeez has gained 25 places to now sit in 36th position, while Yuvraj has climbed 13 places to sit 40th and his team mate Ashish Nehra occupies 48th after a rise of 10 place. Sri Lanka's Nuwan Kulasekara has slipped five places to now sit 10th while Australia's Mitchell Johnson has also dropped down the rankings to now sit 13th alongside England's Stuart Broad.

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