Vettori reclaims top spot in ICC rankings for ODI bowlersJanuary 9th, 2009 - 11:03 am ICT by ANI
Dubai, Jan 9 (ANI): New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori has made a superb start to 2009 by becoming the number-one ranked ODI bowler in the world again.
The left-arm spinner, who turns 30 later this month, has taken six wickets in the first three matches of the current series against the West Indies at an impressive average of just 12.33 and a thrifty economy rate of 3.08.
In the process he has moved above Australias Nathan Bracken into top spot in the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers.
It is not the first time Vettori has been at the summit, having spent much of the first half of last year in first position. But Bracken toppled him in June 2008, coincidentally also while playing against the West Indies, but now the 31-year-old New South Welshman has been consigned to second spot once again.
Nevertheless, Bracken has the perfect opportunity to retake number-one place having been named in Australias one-day squad for the upcoming five-ODI series against South Africa.
Things are continuing to go well for Vettoris team-mate Kyle Mills as his four wickets claimed in the series so far have earned him another place and put him in fourth, just ahead of Mitchell Johnson of Australia.
West Indies fast bowler Daren Powell has managed to move up two places to 17th position in the bowling rankings following a good start to the ODI series in New Zealand for him.
The big mover is young Black Cap Tim Southee who has managed to gain 20 places to put him in 75th position.
Another top-class player who has not fired on all cylinders during this series to date is West Indies talisman Chris Gayle. The hard-hitting left-hander has lost one place in the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen and has dropped out of the top five, into sixth position.
His place has been taken by Indias Yuvraj Singh, who returns to the top five after a brief spell occupying sixth place. Top spot is still reserved for Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is closely followed by Michael Hussey of Australia in second place and Proteas captain Graeme Smith in third. (ANI)
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