Yuvraj No.1 ODI batsman in ESPN-STAR ratings

Published: Saturday, July 15, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Dashing Punjab southpaw Yuvraj Singh tops the ODI batting chart in the latest Maruti Suzuki Cricket Ratings released by ESPN STAR Sports, with teammate Mahendra Singh Dhoni at the third spot.

In the longer version of the game, Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting stands tall at the top and Team India is placed third in both ODIs as well Test ranking.

The captain of the all conquering Aussies, Ricky Ponting (163 points), occupies the top slot in Test batting, followed by his Indian cuonterpart Rahul Dravid (145. Australias prolific opener Matthew Hayden (136), and the middle order bat Michael Hussey (117) are close behind the top duo at third and fourth places respectively.

Virender Sehwag (113), after a mixed tour of the West Indies, was Indias only other batsman in top 10 at fifth place.

In World ODI ratings, Ramnaresh Sarwan (104) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (101) are close on the heels of Yuvraj Singh (110) with just nine points separating the top three.

Sri Lankan veteran Sanath Jayasuriya (100) is fourth, followed by the Aussie trio of Michael Hussey (96), Andrew Symonds (92) and Ponting (90).

Lankan Kumar Sangakarra (86) and Mahela Jayawardene (80) and Aussie Simon Katich (79) follow in that order.

In the ODI bowling charts, lanky Australian seamer Nathan Bracken (174) leads the list, closely followed by Irfan Pathan (169).

Australia with Bracken at the top, Brett Lee (160) at third spot and Brad Hogg (155) dominates the bowling chart. The Sri Lankan trio of Dilhara Fernando (151), Chaminda Vass (146) and Muttiah Muralitharan (142) are at fifth, sixth and seventh spots respectively. Ian Bradshaw (140), at eight position, Ajit Agarkar (136) and tearaway fast bowler Shane Bond (135) make the top 10.

In the test bowling rankings, Muralitharan (195) is the runaway winner. Indias very own Mr Persistent, Anil Kumble (183) follows Muralitharan as the secnod best Test bowler.

Spin dominates as Shane Warne (179) occupies the third spot with team mate Stuart MacGill (128) at number seven and Indian offie Harbhajan Singh (89) at number 10.

Bret Lee (169) occupies the fourth spot, while Makhaya Ntini (165) is fifth and Irfan Pathan (152) in the sixth spot. English pacer Andrew Flintoff (121) and Matthew Hoggard (111) complete the top 10.

In team rankings, Australia undisputedly sits pretty as the number one in both Tests (129) and ODIs (88). Pakistan (98), after victories over Sri Lanka and England, are the second best team in Tests followed by India (94).

Sri Lanka (88), New Zealand (77), England (71) , South Africa (65), West Indies (14) follow in that order.

Bangladesh and Zimbabwe are yet to open their account.

New Zealand (75), Australias Trans-Tasmanian neighbours, follows them at the No.2 spot in the World ODI rankings. Despite a 1-4 defeat by the West Indies, India (65) is the number three ODI team, followed by South Africa (60), Sri Lanka (58), West Indies (49), Pakistan (46), England (32), Bangladesh(15), Zimbabwe (10) and Kenya (3).

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