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ICC ratings: Indian cricket reaches its lowest ebb

Published: Tuesday, April 19, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
 
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London:After the One-day series loss to Pakistan, the Indian cricket has slumped to a new low.India lost one point in the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) One-day ratings following their 2-4 series defeat against Pakistan and the new rating of 97 was the lowest for the side since the official table was introduced in October 2002.

India, however, retained the eighth place ahead of Zimbabwe, Kenya and Bangladesh, an ICC release said.

Australia continued to lead the table followed by Sri Lanka and New Zealand.

Pakistan, on the otherhand, reached their highest rating since December 2003, improving by one point to 110.

In the players' rankings, Sachin Tendulkar dropped out of a tightly packed top ten to an unfamiliar 13th place.

For most of the Indian bowlers it was a series they would want to forget soon with Harbhajan Singh, the highest ranked of all, at the 16th place.

The solace for the beleagured team was that stand-in captain Rahul Dravid climbed seven places to sixth, and opener Virender Sehwag gained five places to 25th, the release added.

For the tourists, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan has been the rising star over the course of the series. Hasan, who took 15 wickets has jumped 30 places to 12th, making him the highest ranked bowler of either side.

Other Pakistani players who improved their position in the official standings included batsmen Inzamam-ul-Haq (up one place to 11th), Shoaib Malik (up to 23rd) and Shahid Afridi (up 12 places to 31st).

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