Pathan pips Sami, India moves to second spot

Published: Thursday, April 8, 2004, 18:12 [IST]
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Mumbai:India's new bowling find Irfan Pathan pipped Pakistan's Mohammad Sami for the top spot in One-day International (ODI) bowling ranking while India moved to the second spot (ODI team ranking) in the Samsung cricket ratings.

Meanwhile, batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar continues to hold the top slot in ODI batting list while Pathan's fine showing in Australia and Pakistan, with a tally of 24 wickets from 13 matches, has earned him 157 points to top the bowling list, an ESPN-Star Sports release said.

The Indian team climbed to the second spot behind world champions Australia after their sensational One-day series win (3-2) against their arch rivals Pakistan while Tendulkar, with 89 points to his credit, continues to lead the pack, the release added.

Aussie stumper Adam Gilchrist (84) is in the second spot behind Tendulkar while India's V V S Laxman (75), Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting (70), Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq (69) and South African batsman Jacques Kallis (68) are in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth places respectively.

India's vice-captain Rahul Dravid (67), Windies opener Chris Gayle (66), India and Pakistan openers Virender Sehwag (65) and Yasir Hameed (64) are the others in the top ten list.

In the bowling list, Pathan is closely followed by Sami (144), South African Makhaya Ntini (140), Aussie seamer Brad Williams (135), Pakistani Shoaib Akhtar (128), India's Zaheer Khan (125), Aussie speedster Brett Lee (120), Zimbabwe's Heath Streak (118), Lee's teammate Jason Gillespie (116) and India's L Balaji (112).

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