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Holder, Lewis make headway in ODI rankings


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West Indies captain Jason Holder has gained significantly in the international rankings coming out of the Tri-Nations Series in Zimbabwe, despite his side’s failure to reach the final.

The 25-year-old has jumped nine spots to 15th in the One-Day International bowlers’ rankings, following his nine-wicket haul in four matches during the just concluded tournament.

West Indies won their opening game of the series against Sri Lanka but then tied with Zimbabwe, lost to the Sri Lankans by a single run before going down to the hosts by five runs in a rain-affected encounter last Friday. Sri Lanka beat Zimbabwe by nine wickets in Sunday’s final.

Holder, who was unbeaten in three of his four innings with a best of 45 not out, has also risen seven places to 80th in the ODI batting rankings and is now at a career-best sixth place in the all-rounders rankings.

Overall, the Barbadian has taken 68 wickets in 49 ODIs at an average of 31 and has scored just over 600 runs at an average of 24. Meanwhile, West Indies opener Evin Lewis also enjoyed a huge bounce in the rankings after topping the aggregates in the Tri-Nations Series.

He gathered 202 runs at an average of 50—including a top score of 148 against Sri Lanka—to jump an amazing 177 spots to be 108th on the batting list. The highest ranked Windies batsman is Marlon Samuels at 29th, while South African stroke-maker AB de Villiers tops the rankings with Indian Virat Kohli second and Australian David Warner, third.

Off-spinner Sunil Narine is the highest ranked West Indies bowler at third, with New Zealander Trent Boult on top.

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