Dubai: Mahendra Singh Dhoni's No 1 spot in the ICC ODI batsmen's ranking is now seriously challenged by Chris Gayle and Shivnarine Chanderpaul. A few good knocks from these two batsmen in the upcoming ODI series against England can topple Dhoni from the top spot.
Dhoni is the only bastman in the ICC ranking table who has 800 points, Gayle is not too far behind as he trails Indian skippe by 33 points, while Chanderpauls is four points behind Gayle.
If these two batsmen fails to deliver against Engand it would directly benifit the fourth-placed Yuvraj Singh of India and Australia's Michael Hussey in fifth position who are waiting to pounce on any opportunity that comes their way.
Sachin Tendulkar is 13th while team-mate Virender Sehwag (7th) and Gautam Gambhir (17th) are the other Indians in the top 20.
Left-arm paceman Zaheer Khan continues to be the only Indian in the top-20 bowlers' list, headed by Sri Lankan Nuwan Kulasekara.
Among all-rounders, Yuvraj Singh remains to be the only Indian with Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan leading the list.
In the team championships, India is third behind Australia and table toppers South Africa.