Movers & shakers

Marlon Samuels’ star continues to rise.

West Indies’ success in the ICC World Twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012 has been reflected in the Reliance ICC T20I Player Rankings, which were released yesterday.

Man-of-the-Match in the final, Marlon Samuels and impressive young spinner Sunil Narine recorded rises of 20 places in the batting and bowling rankings, respectively.

Samuels, who hammered 78 and took one for 15 in the 36-run victory over hosts Sri Lanka, jumped 20 places to 18th in the batting rankings, and was up seven places to equal ninth on the allrounders table. Both represented career-best ratings as did the Jamaican’s improved bowling ranking of 60th-up 19 places.

Narine’s three for nine in the final capped an impressive tournament, and his 20-place move took him to equal 13th in the bowling rankings with a career best rating of 638, while his West Indies and Trinidad and Tobago teammate, Samuel Badree, who claimed the key wicket in the final of Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara with his leg-breaks, moved a staggering 46 places to 47th in the rankings.

Chris Gayle, who dominated the ICC World Twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012 semifinal against Australia, moved into second place in the batting rankings behind New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum.

Gayle leapfrogged player of the tournament Shane Watson, of Australia, who drops to third in the batting rankings but maintains his position as number one allrounder and is still sixth on the bowling list. For Sri Lanka, the only consolation was Ajantha Mendis who overtook England’s Graeme Swann to stand second in the bowling rankings, while Angelo Mathews rose six places to joint 18th. Mathews also moved up one place on the allrounders table to join Samuels in ninth place.

Meanwhile, West Indies have moved up five places to second in the Reliance ICC T20I Championship table, after beating number one ranked Sri Lanka in the final of the ICC World Twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012. Sri Lanka have retained the number one spot despite the loss in the final. Pakistan have dropped three places to sixth, after losing in the semifinal round to Sri Lanka. (ICC cricket)

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