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Jasprit Bumrah enters Asia Cup 2018 as the No.1 ranked ODI bowler

13 Sep 2018 CricTracker

Indian cricketer Jasprit Bumrah. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Several leading players go into the upcoming Asia Cup aiming to not only consolidate their positions in the ICC ODI Player Rankings but also to use the multi-nation tournament in preparation for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. With five of the six teams in the Asia Cup to feature in next year’s mega event, the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Shakib Al Hasan and Babar Azam are excited at the prospect of being pitted against the best of the region in the 15-28 September tournament in the United Arab Emirates.

The Asia Cup commences with a match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in Dubai on Saturday. Afghanistan, qualifiers Hong Kong, India and Pakistan get into action later as they try to qualify for the Super Four stage and get more tournament practice with just eight months to go for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales from 30 May to 14 July.

India fast bowler Bumrah, who has a lead of 20 points over Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan, is looking to maintain his top position while Pakistan batsman Babar is hoping to bridge the big gap with Virat Kohli, who is not playing in this tournament. Similarly, Bangladesh’s Shakib is aiming to be at his best and show everyone why he is top-ranked among all-rounders.

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Several openers who figure prominently in the rankings will be seen in action, including the India pair of Rohit Sharma (fourth) and Shikhar Dhawan (ninth), Bangladesh’s Tamim Iqbal (12th) and Pakistan’s Fakhar Zaman (16th).

Among bowlers, Pakistan’s Hasan Ali is looking to claw his way back two spots to number one, while India spinners Kuldeep Yadav (sixth) and Yuzvendra Chahal (joint-ninth) are the others in the top 10.

In the ICC ODI Team Rankings, India are the top-ranked side in the tournament. They are presently second with 121 points, six points behind England, while Pakistan are in fifth position and 104 points.

India, Pakistan and Hong Kong are in Group A while Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka form Group B for the preliminary stage. The top two teams from each group will advance to the Super Fours with the top two sides from there making the final.

Captains speak

Afghanistan skipper Asghar Afghan. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Afghanistan captain Asghar Afghan: “We are looking forward to playing in front of the UAE crowds as we prepare for the World Cup. We have a lot of fans here who will be following our fortunes.

“It is a chance for the team to gather ranking points on the ODI table and also to improve our individual rankings. We look forward to playing good, competitive cricket against good sides in the Asia Cup.”

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza: “We have some great recent memories of the Asia Cup. We have been finalists in two of the last three events and on rankings we are the third best ODI team in Asia. That will inspire us and give us confidence as we get ready to play against some very tough sides.

“The ICC Cricket World Cup is what everyone is looking forward to with enthusiasm and this will help us prepare well with so many from here playing in the mega event next year.”

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed: “This tournament is a great chance for us to rise up in the ICC ODI team rankings, especially since the ICC Cricket World Cup is not very far away.

“Half the teams who will feature in the World Cup are participating in the Asia Cup so it is a great chance for us to see where we stand. We have sweet memories of the ICC Champions Trophy last year but we have new challenges ahead.”

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews: “This continental tournament gives us a chance to test ourselves against some good sides and also prepare for the ICC Cricket World Cup in the process.

“There are three higher-ranked oppositions in the fray and it is a good chance to also move up in the ICC ODI rankings.”

Top-ranked bowler Jasprit Bumrah of India: “The Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates is going to be huge and I’m really looking forward to doing my best here.

“Being at the top of the ICC rankings is a matter of great pride for me. We will be playing against some leading players and I know the conditions can be challenging but I’m hoping to be at my best.”

Babar Azam. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Top-ranked all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh: “This continental tournament pits some leading players against each other and I’m sure fans would be hoping for some top-class action.

“It’s an honour to be the top-ranked all-rounder in ODIs and I am hoping to be at my best during the tournament.”

Second-ranked batsman Babar Azam of Pakistan: “We as a team are looking forward to the Asia Cup and I have some extra incentive in my individual ranking.

“I know Virat is way ahead in terms of rating points but this is definitely a chance to consolidate my position at number two and gain some valuable ranking points.”

Third-ranked bowler Hasan Ali of Pakistan: “The Asia Cup is going to be a well-fought tournament and an opportunity for a lot of our players.

“I have been top-ranked in the format earlier and will give it my best shot to try and reach the summit once again. This tournament provides me with a chance to work towards that objective.”

ICC ODI Team Rankings

Rank

Team

Points

1

England

127

2

India

121

3

New Zealand

112

4

South Africa

110

5

Pakistan

104

6

Australia

100

7

Bangladesh

92

8

Sri Lanka

80

9

West Indies

69

10

Afghanistan

62

11

Zimbabwe

53

12

Ireland

39

13

Scotland

33

14

UAE

21

ICC ODI rankings for batsmen

Rank  

Player

Team

Points

Average

1

Virat Kohli

Ind

911!

58.2

2

Babar Azam

Pak

825

54.8

3

Joe Root

Eng

818

51.61

4

Rohit Sharma

Ind

806

44.98

5

David Warner

Aus

803

43.43

6

Ross Taylor

NZ

785

46.28

7

Quinton de Kock

SA

781

45.25

8

Kane Williamson

NZ

778

46.87

9

Shikhar Dhawan

Ind

770

45.72

10

Jonny Bairstow

Eng

769

50.3

11

Faf du Plessis

SA

766

44.4

12

Tamim Iqbal

Ban

737!

36.23

13

Martin Guptill

NZ

731

42.99

14

Hashim Amla

SA

729

49.65

15

MS Dhoni

Ind

714

51.25

16

Fakhar Zaman

Pak

713*!

76.07

17

Aaron Finch

Aus

706

38.19

18

Jos Buttler

Eng

701

40.35

19

Steve Smith

Aus

675

41.84

20=

Travis Head

Aus

670*!

37

Jason Roy

Eng

670

39.06

ICC ODI rankings for bowlers:

Rank 

Player

Team

Points

Average

Eco.

1

Jasprit Bumrah

Ind

775*

22.5

4.64

2

Rashid Khan

Afg

755

14.22

3.92

3

Hasan Ali

Pak

742*

20.88

5.21

4

Trent Boult

NZ

699

24.63

5.09

5

Josh Hazlewood

Aus

696

24.27

4.72

6

Kuldeep Yadav

Ind

684*

19.35

4.82

7

Adil Rashid

Eng

681!

30.8

5.52

8

Kagiso Rabada

SA

676

27.62

5.09

9=

Imran Tahir

SA

666

24.81

4.68

Y.Chahal

Ind

666*

23.86

4.72

11

Chris Woakes

Eng

643

30.77

5.5

12

Mitchell Starc

Aus

642

20.95

4.93

13

Mitchell Santner

NZ

632

33.91

4.9

14

Moeen Ali

Eng

621

45.08

5.09

15

Akshar Patel

Ind

615*

31.31

4.43

16

M. Rahman

Ban

609*

20.01

4.71

17

Mohammad Nabi

Afg

608

31.16

4.28

18

Pat Cummins

Aus

607

28.45

5.38

19=

M. Mortaza

Ban

606

30.87

4.78

Matt Henry

NZ

606

24.59

5.57

ICC ODI rankings for all-rounders:

Rank 

Player

Team

Points

1

Shakib Al Hasan

Ban

362

2

M. Hafeez

Pak

322

3

Mitchell Santner

NZ

317!

4

M. Nabi

Afg

316

5

A. Mathews

SL

305

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