It seems that now ICC must need to revisit its ranking structure big time. Recent shocking inclusion of India’s slow left arm spinner Axar Patel in ICC top 10 bowlers in one day international matches must have also caught the spinner by a big surprise.
For a bowler who is making his way back into the Indian side after being thrown into wilderness for about 9 months which was largely due to Axar Patel’s ordinary returns on spin friendly Indian pitches. To be jumped to # 10 in ICC top bowlers is a thing which only international cricket council can explain.
In a 34 matches old one day international career during which Axar Patel only managed to capture 41 wickets at an average of almost 30 runs per wicket. Axar hasn’t had a match winning performance to his name in one day international cricket as yet as he only managed to pick up three wickets in an innings thrice in his international bowling career.
During his last 10 one day international matches spanned in 10 months Axar Patel just had a mediocre of 11 wickets to his name at an average of more than 32 runs per wicket with a best of 3 wickets for 34 runs against Sri Lanka. If you look at Axar Patel’s recent form which becomes the main reason for his upward jump in ICC ratings than it will also not understandable that what he has done to impress the statistician who are behind this ICC ranking system.
Axar Patel was not a first choice spinner for this tour as he only came in to replace injured Ravindra Jadeja. In 4 matches of the series Axar Patel had added 6 wickets in his One Day International career on pitches where Indian bowlers dominated the game in every format.
If ICC continues to put anyone in top 10 bowlers than may be in coming months we will see a debutant start his international cricket career with # 1 rank in ICC bowling charts.