India~~s Dhoni set to topple Gilchrist from the top

Published: Monday, May 15, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Dubai:Mahendra Singh Dhoni will have a golden chance to regain the top slot from Adam Gilchrist in the upcoming five match series in Caribbeans beginning on Thursday, as only three rating points separate the Indian stumper from his Aussie peer in the LG ICC ODI Rankings for batsmen.

Written off by the critics until sometime back, Gilchrist rules the roost in the latest rankings with 809 rating points while the Ranchi lad is breathing under his neck with 806 points. Ricky Ponting (785) is third in the list.

Infact, Aussie dominance of the limited version of the game is clearly reflected in the list with four out of top five batsmen hailing from the country.

Among other Indians, skipper Rahul Dravid, placed at 10th spot, will also look forward to climb some rungs in the ladder.

The bowler's list also has two Indians and while Irfan Pathan (765) is on the second spot behind Protea Shaun Pollock (858), offie Harbhajan Singh is on the 10th spot with 690 points.

Pathan also finds his name third in the allrounders' list behind Pollock and Andrew Flintoff.

Meanwhile, outstanding form in the recently completed series against Zimbabwe has seen the West Indies Ramnaresh Sarwan move into the top 10 of the batsmen's list.

Sarwan was the leading run-scorer on either side with 254 runs, including three half-centuries and a highest score of 91, and that has been enough to move him up four places to ninth spot in the batting list.

Teammate Chris Gayle is up three positions to 14th, former captain Shivnarine Chanderpaul is 26th (up six) and Runako Morton, who made 109 in Saturdays rain-ruined match, is up 12 places to joint 50th, alongside Lou Vincent of New Zealand.

Brian Lara, playing his first ODIs for the West Indies since May 2005, remains unchanged at 33rd place.

Gayle is also on the rise in the LG ICC Player Rankings for ODI all-rounders, moving up two places to fourth in that list behind Pathan.

Once feared for their pace-battery, the West Indies have only one player in the top 20 of the LG ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers, left-armer Ian Bradshaw, who is unchanged at 15th place.

Below Bradshaw, Corey Collymore has moved up two places to 29th while Gayle is up 16 spots to 30th and Jerome Taylor has broken into the top 100. The leading wicket-taker in the five-match series with nine victims, Taylor is now 93rd in the list.

The West Indies' 5-0 series win has seen it collect two rating points and although that has not been enough to lift it up the LG ICC ODI Championship table, it has reduced the gap to seventh-placed England to 12 points.

Lara's side has a chance to close that gap even further when it begins a five-match series with India in Jamaica on Thursday.

Zimbabwe has dropped two rating points thanks to the losses and remain ninth in the table, although still well clear of Bangladesh and Kenya below them.

Australia still head the LG ICC ODI Championship table, 13 points clear of South Africa, with India a further three rating points back in third position.

LG ICC ODI Championship:

Team Rankings:1. Australia (132) 2. South Africa (119) 3. India (116) 4. Pakistan (114) 5. New Zealand (113) 6. Sri Lanka (105) 7. England (103) 8. West Indies (91) 9. Zimbabwe (40) 10. Bangladesh (23) 11. Kenya (7)

Top 10 Batsmen: 1. Adam Gilchrist, Aus (809) 2. Mahendra Dhoni, Ind (806) 3. Ricky Ponting, Aus (785) 4. Andrew Symonds, Aus (774) 5. Mike Hussey, Aus (762) 6. Graeme Smith, SA (759) 7. Kevin Pietersen, Eng (745) 8. Kumara Sangakkara, SL (736) 9. Ramnaresh Sarwan, WI (735) 10. Rahul Dravid, Ind (729)

Top 10 Bowlers: 1. Shaun Pollock, SA (858) 2. Irfan Pathan, Ind (765) 3. Shane Bond, NZ (762) 4. Glenn McGrath, Aus (756) 5. Daniel Vettori, NZ (750) 6. Brett Lee, Aus (732) 7. Nathan Bracken, Aus (723) 8. Muttiah Muralitharan, SL (701) 9. Chaminda Vaas, SL (693) 10. Harbhajan Singh, Ind (690)

Top 5 All-rounders: 1. Shaun Pollock, SA (462) 2. Andrew Flintoff, Eng (432) 3. Irfan Pathan, Ind (413) 4. Chris Gayle, WI (391) 5. Andrew Symonds, Aus (378).

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