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Akram, Richards top Wisden ODI rankings

London Dec. 15. Sachin Tendulkar remains the second best one-day batsman, after Viv Richards from West Indies in the recently released Wisden One-Day rankings.

The Wisden qualification demands 2,500 runs and 100 wickets. Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly is at the sixth place in the batsmen's list though he did not make to the 100 Test cricket batsmen's list. Mohammad Azharuddin is at 18th position followed by Rahul Dravid at 20, Navjot Sidhu (34), and Ajay Jadeja (45).

Among the Indian bowlers, Javagal Srinath is at 20th position, followed by Anil Kumble (21) and then Kapil Dev (22). Ajit Agarkar is at 25, Manoj Prabhakar (35) and Venkatesh Prasad (36). Pakistan's cricketers lead the list with Wasim Akram named as the best one-day bowler. Pakistan has 17 players in the list followed by 16 from West Indies and 15 from Australia.

Among Pakistani batsmen Zaheer Abbas is ranked highest at 8, followed by Saeed Anwar (10), Inzamam-ul-Haq (11), Javed Miandad (15), Yousuf Youhana (19), Salim Malik (29), Ijaz Ahmed (35), and Ramiz Raja (47).

While Akram is the top bowler, Sri Lanka's Muralitharan is at number seven. Interestingly, Saqlain Mushtaq rates above Muralitharan, who has been rated the best Test bowler by Wisden. Waqar Younis is at third position, Shoaib Akhtar (12), Abdul Razzaq (29), followed consecutively by Abdul Qadir, Imran Khan and Aqib Javed. Mushtaq Ahmed is at 43.

Top 10 batsmen: Viv Richards, Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Dean Jones, Michael Bevan, Sourav Ganguly, Mark Waugh, Zaheer Abbas, Jaques Kallis, Saeed Anwar.

Top 10 bowlers: Wasim Akram, Allan Donald, Waqar Younis, Glenn McGrath, Joel Garner, Saqlain Mushtaq, Mutthiah Muralitharan, Shaun Pollock, Shane Warne, Dennis Lillee.

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