Tendulkar, Sehwag move up in ODI Rankings

Published: Monday, March 16, 2009, 17:48 [IST]
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Viru- 6th, Sachin- 13th in ODI rankings

Bangalore: India's explosive opener Virender Sehwag jumped nine places and is currently sixth on the ICC ODI rankings after his exploits in New Zealand.

Sehwag and Tendulkar were the biggest movers in the ICC ODI Player Rankings after their splendid performance in the recent series against New Zealand.

Sehwag scored 299 runs in the recently concluded ODI series against New Zealand, including the seventh-fastest century in ODIs, has broken into the top 10 for the first time in six years.

It is the first time in nearly six years that Sehwag has occupied a place in the top 10.

Tendulkar has also made a movement in the right direction as his series scores of 20, 61 and 163 not out have helped him vault eight places to 13th spot.

However, Yuvraj Singh and Gautam Gambhir headed in the wrong direction, dropping one and four places respectively. Yuvraj is now on fourth while Gambhir is in the 16th position.

In the all-rounders' table, Yuvraj entered the top five for the first time in his career. He has leapfrogged West Indies captain Chris Gayle and Jacob Oram of New Zealand to share third place with Pakistan's Shoaib Malik. Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan leads the field with Andrew Flintoff in second place.

Meanwhile, Daniel Vettori lost the top spot in the bowler's rankings to Nuwan Kulasekara of Sri Lanka after picking up just two wickets against India. He is currently 5th on the list.

Vettori's drop has benefitted Sri Lanka fast bowler Nuwan Kulasekara who, for the first time in his career, has surged to the top. Australia fast bowler Nathan Bracken is in second place while Kyle Mills of New Zealand is third.

In the ICC ODI Championship, India has gained two ratings points for its 3-1 series win. It has lifted it to 122 rating points and puts it just two ratings points behind second-placed Australia and three behind leader South Africa.

New Zealand, on the other hand, have conceded two rating points and are now only one rating point ahead of fifth-place Pakistan.

thatsCricket ( With Inputs From Agencies)

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