Gayle 3rd in ICC Twenty20 Batting

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Marlon Samuels’s whirlwind knock in the one-off Twenty20 International against Bangladesh on Monday has propelled him up the International Cricket Council Twenty20 rankings.

The right-hander stroked a breathtaking unbeaten 85 from 43 balls, with three fours and nine sixes, as West Indies tallied 197 for four to eventually come away with an 18-run victory.

Those heroics have resulted in the Jamaican jumping 13 spots in the batting rankings to sixth and seven places in the all-rounders rankings to be joint third with fellow countryman Chris Gayle.

Samuels, who bowled economically during the game, has also moved up four places in the bowlers’ rankings to 56th.

Gayle, meanwhile, has fallen once place to third in the batting rankings after being dismissed cheaply but has gained 16 spots in the bowling to move to 64th.

This has led to him jumping two places in the all-rounders charts.

Stylish left-hander Darren Bravo also got a hefty bounce in the rankings coming out of Monday’s contest in Dhaka, moving 21 places to 74th after scoring an entertaining 41.

He was joined by Dwayne Smith who eased up five spots to 60th and Lendl Simmons, who climbed four places to 62nd.

In the bowling, off-spinner Sunil Narine is the highest ranked West Indies player, remaining unmoved at 13th.

Meanwhile, New Zealander Brendon McCullum leads the batting rankings while Pakistani off-spinner Saeed Ajmal tops the bowling charts.


1 Brendon McCullum (NZ) 817

2 Shane Watson (AUS) 799

3 Chris Gayle (WI) 792

4 Mahela Jayawardene (SL) 760

5 Suresh Raina (IND) 741

6 Marlon Samuels (WI) 723

7 David Warner (AUS) 714

8 Eoin Morgan (ENG) 712

9 Kevin Pietersen (ENG) 709

10 Tillakaratne Dilshan (SL) 692

48 Kieron Pollard (WI) 400

60 Dwayne Smith (WI) 348

62 Lendl Simmons (WI) 341

74 Darren Bravo (WI) 280 


1 Saeed Ajmal (PAK) 770

2 Graeme Swann (ENG) 750

3 Ajantha Mendis (SL) 747

4 Nathan McCullum (NZ) 676

5 Johan Botha (SA) 674

6 Shane Watson (AUS) 665

7 Nuwan Kulasekara (SL) 660

8 Shahid Afridi (PAK) 656

9 Mohammed Hafeez (PAK) 655

10 Dale Steyn (SA) 652

13 Sunil Narine (WI) 638

25 Darren Sammy (WI) 581

56 Marlon Samuels (WI) 416

64 Chris Gayle (WI) 380

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 09:08