India slip to sixth in Samsung ODI ratings

Published: Saturday, September 25, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Following its dismal performance in the Champions Trophy cricket tournament, India have slipped two ranks to be placed sixth in the latest Samsung World ODI team ratings. With 54 points, India are way behind Australia (88) who retained their top position despite being ousted in the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy by England, according to the ratings released by ESPN-Star Sports here today.

Sri Lanka were second at 67 points followed by New Zealand (66), Pakistan (61) and England (58). West Indies, currently placed at eighth, could make a giant leap if they go on to win the final against England, to be played tomorrow in London.

The Australian domination of world cricket continued with fast bowler Jason Gillespie emerging as the leading bowler in ODI bowling and left hander Matthew Hayden topping the world ODI batting list.

Gillespie (161 points) pushed Chaminda Vaas (148 points) to second while Muttiah Muralitharan (147 points) retained his third spot. Michael Kasprowicz (146 points) was ranked fourth, closely followed by Irfan Pathan (141 points).

In ODI batting, England's sensational all-rounder Andrew Flintoff (94 points), with 614 runs from 11 innings at an average of 55.82 and a strike rate of 102, was a close second to Hayden (95 points). Andrew Symonds (93 points) was third while Sachin Tendulkar, recuperating from an elbow injury, slipped to the fourth rank with 81 points.

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