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Narine enters at No 13 in ODI rankings

Wednesday, July 25, 2012    

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DUBAI, UAE (CMC) — West Indies Off-spinner Sunil Narine has broken into the top 20 for the first time in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers.

Narine, buoyed by impressive spells against New Zealand recently, jumped 23 places to enter at 13th position, according to the latest rankings released by the ICC yesterday.

The 24-year-old Trinidadian was the star player for West Indies, who triumphed over New Zealand, 4-1, in their just-concluded ODI series.

Narine engineered New Zealand's demise in the fifth ODI by claiming a career-best five-wicket haul to finish with 13 wickets in the series.

He finished the game with the best bowling analysis by a West Indian against New Zealand in an ODI and the best ODI figures at Warner Park to earn the Man-of-the-Match award.

News of Narine's ascendancy in the international rankings comes as he prepares to make his Test debut in the Caribbean.

He has been chosen as the frontline spinner in the first Test between the West Indies and New Zealand starting in Antigua today.

Meanwhile, West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell also figured impressively in the latest ICC player rankings.

Russell jumped 26 spots to be ranked 38th in the batting rankings and 10th among ODI all-rounder in a list topped by Bangladesh's Shakib al Hasan.

Both rankings are the highest to date for the 24-year-old Jamaican.

Darren Sammy moved five places up the bowlers ranking to occupy the 39th spot.

A notable slide in the batting rankings has been West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle who returns to Test Cricket today after 18 months.

Despite two strong performances with the bat in West Indies recent ODIs against New Zealand in Jamaica, Gayle has slipped eight places to 27th.

The bowler's list is still topped by South Africa's Lonwabo Tsotsobe, while South Africa's Hashim Amla also tops the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen.

The Reliance ICC ODI Player Rankings will be updated next at the conclusion of the Sri Lanka v India ODI series.

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