Suresh Raina breaks into Top 10 of ICC ODI Rankings for batsmen

Suresh Raina slammed four half-centuries in the recently concluded ODI series against England © PTI

Dubai: Jan 28, 2013

Indian batsman Suresh Raina on Monday leapfrogged 15 places to break into the top 10 of Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen for the first time in his career on the back of his brilliant performance in the just-concluded home series against England.

Raina, who was named man-of-the-series in the five-match ODI series against England, now occupies 10th spot with a career-best 669 ratings points in the latest rankings released on Monday. Raina scored 277 runs in the series at an average of 92.33.

His team-mate Rohit Sharma, who scored 87 runs, including a half century, in the two matches he played against England, also gained two places to be at 54th.

Another batsman inside the top 10 to improve his ranking is England captain Alastair Cook, who has moved up one place to seventh.

The batting table continues to be headed by South Africa’s Hashim Amla, followed by teammate AB de Villiers in second and India’s Virat Kohli in third place.

In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers, Ishant Sharma jumped 17 places to 50th while his pace colleague Bhuvneshwar Kumar gained a huge 31 places to 73rd.

Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal topped the bowlers’ list followed by teammate Mohammad Hafeez in second place.

Another Indian, Ravindra Jadeja has made all-round gains in the latest rankings. He has moved up nine places to 56th in the batting table and has jumped 15 places to a career-best eighth in the bowlers’ list with best-ever 663 ratings points.

The combined batting and bowling performances has helped Jadeja move up two places to fifth in the all-rounders’ table.

Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez continues to head the all-rounders’ list followed by Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan in second place.