Australia dominates CEAT Cricket Ratings 2002-03

NEW DELHI: Test and One Day International (ODI) champions Australia have become the CEAT Rating International Team of the Year with 145 points

ODI skipper Ricky Ponting who tormented a hapless Indian bowling attack in the final of the World Cup in South Africa finished the CEAT Year with a tally of 105 points. He is the first Australian to become the CEAT Cricket Rating International Cricketer of the Year since the inception of the Rating in 1995-96.

Australia were 45 points ahead of runners-up South Africa. It is the fourth time that the Aussies have topped the Rating after 1997-98, 1999-00 and 2001-02. India, now officially the ‘second-best’ one-day side in the world, fared much better in 2002-03 than in previous CEAT Years. The Indians finished third in the Team Rating with 88 points. An Indian who did make it to the top is Sachin Tendulkar, the ‘Man of the World Cup’. His record aggregate of 673 runs from eleven matches enabled him to top the CEAT World Cup Rating with 27 points.

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