Kenya’s Ongondo moves into top 20 bowlers
ICC Media Release
Kenya ’s Peter Ongondo has broken back into the top 20 in the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers following his team’s tri-series with Zimbabwe and Ireland in Nairobi .
Although the series was severely curtailed due to rain, and although Ongondo only took one wicket in the two matches he played, it was enough to move him ahead of South Africa ’s Makhaya Ntini and into joint-20th position, level with Farveez Maharoof of Sri Lanka .
Ntini had been just one ratings point ahead of the 31-year-old Kenyan so it didn’t take much for the fast bowler from Nairobi to squeeze past the Protea. And such is the competitive nature of the rankings, Ongondo could move up at least another two places during his side’s two-ODI series against South Africa , which takes place on Friday 31 October in Bloemfontein and Sunday 2 November in Kimberley .
Ongondo, who was ranked as high as 18th in November 2007, is the highest-ranked player in any category from the teams involved in that tri-series and given only three matches were completed out of a scheduled eight, there was not as much movement as had been anticipated.
Staying with the bowlers, Zimbabwe captain Prosper Utseya moves up one place to 33rd in the rankings while Kenya spinner Hiren Varaiya is up 11 places to 59th position. Zimababwe’s Christopher Mpofu had combined figures of 13-1-60-6 in the two games he played and, as a result, has gained seven places to 77th in the rankings.
The list is still headed by Australia’s Nathan Bracken with New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori in second spot and Mitchell Johnson, another Australian, in third.
In the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen, Steve Tikolo has moved up six places to 51st position following a magnificent century against Zimbabwe . His 102 off 99 deliveries made sure of victory for his side and highlighted the fact that the 37-year-old all-rounder still has plenty to offer at this level.
Other big movers in the batting charts are Stuart Matsikenyeri of Zimbabwe, who moves up five places to 59th position, Kevin O’Brien of Ireland, who gains 11 places to 68th position and Kenya’s Alex Obanda, who is up 23 places to 95th spot.
Ireland remains 10th in the Reliance Mobile ICC ODI Championship table after the rain-affected series although it has lost three ratings points after losing to Zimbabwe by 156 runs.
Zimbabwe has lost one point because although it beat Ireland , it lost to the lower-ranked Kenya . The big beneficiary was the home side, which has gained 14 points for its victory over Zimbabwe (even though it had been beaten by Ireland ) and now sits just one behind Utseya’s men and five behind Ireland .