Yuvraj, Dhoni among top 10 in LG ODI Rankings

Published: Thursday, September 14, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Dubai: Swashbuckler Mahendra Singh Dhoni (4th) and dashing Punjab southpaw Yuvraj Singh (9th) remain the two Indians in the top 10 list of batsmen while captain Rahul Dravid slid to 13 in the latest LG ICC ODI Rankings.

In the bowlers chart, Irfan Pathan and Harbhajan Singh hang on in the top 10 bowlers' chart, occupying the joint seventh and joint ninth places respectively.

The batting chart is headed by Australian stumper Adam Gilchrist, currently enjoying a sabbatical, followed by his captain Ricky Ponting, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Dhoni, Andrew Symonds, Graem Smith, Mike Hussey, Kevin Pietersen, Yuvraj and Chris Gayle.

Dravid, previously ranked 12th, slipped one place, while team mate Virender Sehwag is static at 19th.

Proteas Shaun Pollock tops the bowlers' chart, followed by Australia's comeback man Glenn McGrath, Shane Bond, Daniel Vettori, Brett Lee, Ian Bradshaw while Nathan Bracken and Irfan Pathan sharing the seventh spot, while Harbhajan is joined by Makhaya Ntini in the ninth spot.

Among the Indian bowlers, Ajit Agarkar shares the 11th place with Sri Lankan offie Muttiah Muralitharan.

Irfan Pathan is placed fifth in the list of all-rounders.

Meanwhile, South Africa and Zimbabwe will be looking to fine-tune their preparations for the forthcoming ICC Champions Trophy when they go head-to-head in a three-game ODI series that starts in Bloemfontein tomorrow.

While India is third in the team rankings, South Africa is just above the Men in Blue and nine rating points behind leaders Australia. A clean sweep of the Zimbabwe series will move it a point closer to the table-topping world champions.

And Smith's side will fancy its chance of achieving exactly that outcome given the return of a host of players that were unavailable for the Sri Lanka series.

Into the line-up comes Smith, recovered after a severe ankle injury, as well as all-rounders Jacques Kallis -- back after a long-term elbow injury -- and Justin Kemp and seam and swing bowler Charl Langeveldt. Smith is South Africa's leading batsman in the LG ICC Player Rankings, in sixth position, and he has two team-mates with him inside the top 20 -- Herschelle Gibbs in 15th place and Boeta Dippenaar two spots further down the list.

Outside the top 20, Kallis is joint 25th in the batting rankings alongside New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming.

South Africa can boast the leading player in the LG ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers with Shaun Pollock heading that list. The former captain also tops the all-rounder table to complete a notable double.

Pollock has just one team-mate in the bowling top 20, fast bowler Makhaya Ntini in joint ninth position along with Harbhajan, but just outside that leading group are another fast bowler, Andre Nel (21st), and all-rounder Andrew Hall (23rd).

Pollock is clear of Australia's Glenn McGrath and Shane Bond of New Zealand in the bowling table while the West Indies' Chris Gayle is his nearest challenger at the head of the all-rounders' list.

The impressive credentials of so many South Africa players makes Zimbabwe's task over the next week look a tough one. The visitor's line-up is certainly short of experience and that is reflected in Zimbabwe's lack of representatives among the leading players in the LG ICC Player Rankings.

Captain Prosper Utseya is his side's leading player in the bowling list and the off-spinner lies in an impressive 15th spot, but below him the next Zimbabwe representative is seamer Tawanda Mupariwa in 49th place while fellow seam bowler Edward Rainsford is in 71st position in the list.

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