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ICC ODI Rankings: Dale Steyn and Mitchell Starc close the gap on Saeed Ajmal at the top

Dale Steyn of South Africa and Australia’s Mitchell Starc have Saeed Ajmal’s number-one ranking firmly within their sights.

Mitchell Starc
Mitchell Starc has been the most impressive bowler at the 2015 World Cup

In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI Bowlers, Dale Steyn of South Africa and Australia’s Mitchell Starc have Saeed Ajmal’s number-one ranking firmly within their sights. Steyn has gained one place to rise to second spot to trail the absent Pakistan off-spinner by just five ratings points.

Starc, who started the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 in seventh spot, is now on a career-high third position after leading the bowlers’ list with 16 wickets. He is four ratings points behind Steyn and nine ratings points behind Ajmal.

England’s James Anderson and Morne Morkel are the other bowlers inside the top 10 to improve their rankings. Anderson has gained one place to occupy sixth position while Morkel is 10th after rising two places.

New Zealand’s Trent Boult leads the charge of the other bowlers outside the top 10 as he has vaulted nine places to claim a career-best 15th position, thanks to his 15 wickets in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 to date.

Lasith Malinga of Sri Lanka has climbed six places to 27th after his 11 wickets in the series to date, West Indies captain Jason Holder has joined his Sri Lanka counterpart Angelo Mathews in 28th spot after taking nine wickets to date, India’s Umesh Yadav has climbed eight places to 34th after his 10 wickets to date and James Faulkner has leaped 12 places to 35th.

Rank Player Team Points
1 Saeed Ajmal Pakistan 722
2 Dale Steyn South Africa 717
3 Mitchell Starc Australia 713
4 Sunil Narine West Indies 712
5 Imran Tahir South Africa 699
6 James Anderson England 670
7 Shakib Al Hasan Bangladesh 667
8 Mitchell Johnson Australia 666
9 Daniel Vettori New Zealand 659
10  Morne Morkel South Africa 658
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