Dhoni dropped to sixth place in ODI rankings

Published: Thursday, September 21, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Dubai: A string of substandard performances in the One-dayers has taken its toll on the Indian batsmen with the trio of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh and Rahul Dravid slipping several notches in the leaderboard in the latest LG ICC ODI Rankings released today.

Highest-ranked Indian batsman Dhoni dropped a rung down to sixth place while stylish southpaw Yuvraj, who has struck lean patch, came down three places to 13th. Skipper Dravid, who is hardly making a mark as an opener in the ODIs, paid price and was down two notches to 16th.

Only master blaster Sachin Tendulkar hung on to his 19th place after being back with a bang from an injury lay off.

Meanwhile, Michael Hussey's maiden ODI hundred, against the West Indies in the DLF Cup tri-series, has left him within touching distance of the top position. Hussey is now just five rating points behind fellow Australian Adam Gilchrist -- who is sitting out the tri-series - while Ponting completes the top three places.

The bowlers, on the other hand, gained some ground and while Harbhajan Singh (ninth) and Ajit Agarkar (11th) both moved up one place only horrinly-out-of-touch Irfan Pathan slid two rungs to 10th spot.

South Africa's Shaun Pollock remains the top ranked player in both the LG ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers and ODI all-rounders. In the all-rounder's list Pathan occupies the fifth spot.

Meanwhile, Australia's lead at the top of the LG ICC ODI Championship table now stands at its smallest margin in almost four years.

Second-placed South Africa's clean sweep of its three-match series against Zimbabwe, combined with Australia's defeat at the hands of the West Indies on Monday, means the gap between the top two sides is just four rating points.

And that gap could be reduced still further, to only two points, if third-placed India beats Ricky Ponting's side tomorrow.The West Indies can reflect on a successful tri-series so far.

Not only have Brian Lara's side reached Sunday's final but it has also climbed up one place up to seveth in the LG ICC ODI Championship table.

1. Australia (128)
2. S Africa (124)
3. India (112)
4. Pakistan (111)
5. New Zealand (111)
6. Sri Lanka (107)
7. West Indies (105)
8. England (99)
9. Zimbabwe (33)
10. B'Desh (33)
11. Kenya (0)

1 Adam Gilchrist (Aus)
2. Mike Hussey (Aus)
3. Ricky Ponting (Aus)
4. RR Sarwan (WI)
5 Andrew Symonds (Aus)
6. MS Dhoni (Ind)
7. Kevin Pietersen (Eng)
8. Graeme Smith (SA)
9. Chris Gayle (WI)
10. Michael Clarke (Aus)

1. Shaun Pollock (SA)
2 Shane Bond (NZ)
3. Daniel Vettori (NZ)
4 Glenn McGrath (Aus)
5. Ian Bradshaw (WI)
6. Brett Lee (Aus)
7. Nathan Bracken (Aus)
8 Makhaya Ntini (SA)
9. Harbhajan Singh (Ind)
10 Irfan Pathan (Ind)

1. Shaun Pollock (SA)
2. Chris Gayle (WI)
3. Andrew Flintoff (Eng)
4. And'w Symonds (Aus)
5 Irfan Pathan (Ind).

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