Dhoni ranked sixth; India stay put at fifth

Published: Tuesday, November 7, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Dubai:Thanks to their abysmal show in the just concluded Champions trophy, Team India has, in Mahendra Singh Dhoni, its lone entry in the top 10 list of batsmen and no representation in the bowlers' top league, according to the latest ICC ODI Rankings issued today.

Rahul Dravid's less-than-impressive show with the bat saw him being thrown out of the top 10 and the Team India skipper lost six places to finish 15th in the batsmen's list even though teammate Dhoni managed to move up four rungs to the sixth spot.

Injured Yuvraj Singh remains static at his 13th place.

In the bowlers' list, offie Harbhajan Singh slipped two places and is yet the highest ranked Indian at 11th, while woefully out-of-form Irfan Pathan slid four rungs to 13th, followed by compatriot Ajit Agarkar at the next spot.

Irfan also slipped a notch in the all-rounder's list and finished sixth.

On the other hand, West Indian all-rounder Chris Gayle has moved up to second in the latest LG ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen following an outstanding tournament for the 27-year-old Jamaican at the Champions Trophy.

The opening batsman was comfortably the leading run-scorer in the tournament with 474 runs at an average of 79.00 and a strike-rate of 92.94 runs per hundred balls. He hit three hundreds, against Bangladesh, England and South Africa.

And showing his all-round skills, he took four catches and captured eight wickets with his off-spin. These performances ensured that he won the player of the tournament award.

This is the highest number of ratings points that Gayle has ever had and he is now hot on the heels of Australian Mike Hussey, who retained his position as the highest-ranked ODI batsman in the world.

Husseys supremacy was highlighted at last weeks ICC Awards, when he picked up the ICC ODI Player of the Year Award and was also named on the ICC World ODI Team of the Year.

Englands Kevin Pietersen is another big mover in the LG Player Rankings for batsmen. Despite his team not getting through to the knock-out stages of the tournament, Pietersen has done enough to see him move up three places to a personal best of third. Pietersen and Hussey are still in a qualifying period for these rankings so they both have the potential to rise further in the coming weeks.

Gayle has also taken over as the top all-rounder in the one-day form of the game, leap-frogging South Africas Shaun Pollock. Those two are well clear of Sri Lankas Sanath Jayasuriya in third and Andrew Flintoff of England a further place back. It is the first time Gayle has topped the all-rounders since 2004. With the Australians winning the tournament, their position at the top of the LG ICC ODI Championship is strengthened.

They are now nine points clear of South Africa in second place, who are in turn nine points ahead of New Zealand in third. The Proteas and the Black Caps were both beaten semi-finalists at the ICC Champions Trophy.

The beaten finalists West Indies are currently placed seventh in the world but it should be noted that just seven ratings points separate New Zealand and the Windies with Pakistan placed in fourth, India fifth and Sri Lanka sixth.

For bowlers, Glenn McGrath reminded the world that he is still very much a force to be reckoned with and has moved up four places to number two in the LG ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers. He now has Pollock in his sights but despite losing the all-rounder top spot, the South African is still ranked as the best one-day bowler in the world.

McGrath has taken over from Brett Lee as the highest-ranked Australian ODI bowler. With Nathan Bracken also making moves, the Aussies now have three bowlers in the top five as well as four batsmen in the top seven. It is no surprise, therefore, that they are ranked as the best ODI side in the world at present.

Another mover was New Zealander Daniel Vettori, who is now the tenth ranked one-day all-rounder in the world, a personal best.

ICC ODI Rankings:

Teams: 1. Australia (131 pts) 2. South Africa (122) 3. New Zealand (113) 4. Pakistan (110) 5. India (110) 6. Sri Lanka (108) 7. West Indies (106) 8. England (99) 9. Bangladesh (34) 10. Zimbabwe (30)

Batsmen:1. Mike Hussey, Aus (821 pts) 2. Chris Gayle, WI (804) 3. Kevin Pietersen, Eng (776) 4. Adam Gilchrist, Aus (769) 5. Andrew Symonds, Aus (753) 6. Ricky Ponting, Aus and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ind(740) 8. Ramnaresh Sarwan, WI (739) 9. Graeme Smith, SA (724) and 10. Kumar Sangakkara, SL (723)

Bowlers: 1. Shaun Pollock, SA (862 pts) 2. Glenn McGrath, Aus (799) 3. Ian Bradshaw, WI (774) 4. Nathan Bracken, Aus (752) 5. Brett Lee, Aus (741) 6. Shane Bond, NZ (730) 7. Daniel Vettori, NZ (725) 8. Muttiah Muralitharan, SL (712) 9. Makhaya Ntini, SA (711) and 10. Chaminda Vaas, SL (706)

All-rounders: 1. Chris Gayle, WI (478 pts) 2. Shaun Pollock, SA (451) 3. Sanath Jayasuriya, SL (370) 4. Andrew Flintoff, Eng (365) 5. Andrew Symonds, Aus (337) 6. Irfan Pathan, Ind (332) 7. Shoaib Malik, Pak (324) 8. Abdul Razzaq, Pak (314) 9. Scott Styris, NZ (303) and 10. Daniel Vettori, NZ (291)


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