Dhoni bound to lose top spot in ODI rankings

Published: Friday, May 28, 2010, 12:02 [IST]
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Dhoni to slip down in ODI rankings

India Regular captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni who is placed at top of the ICC batting rankings in One-Day International format is bound to lose his top spot after skipping the traingular series in Zimbabwe.

According to the evaluation of the ICC, a player loses half a per cent of his ratings points for every ODI missed and Dhoni, who currently leads Michael Hussey by just eight rating points, will slip behind the Australian when the rankings are released after the Zimbabwe tri-series.

Dhoni had regained the top spot in February after the Hussey scored 23 against New Zealand in the fourth ODI and didn't play in the fifth.

After having picked a young Indian side a lot of senior places are bound to lose points with every new match side. Even the Sri Lankan side have rested some of their key players including Kumar Sangakarra and Mahela Jayawardene.

Sachin Tendulkar (fourth), Kumar Sangakkara (10th), Virender Sehwag (11th), Yuvraj Singh (14th), Gautam Gambhir (23rd) and Mahela Jayawardene (29th) are all likely to slip in the rankings after opting out of the May 28-June 9 series.

On the other hand stand-in captains Tillakaratne Dilshan (13th) of Sri Lanka and India's Suresh Raina (16th) along with other youngsters have a good opportunity to make their presence felt and climb up the rankings.

Muttiah Muralitharan is also bound to lose his place in the top 20 rankings in the ODI rating for the first time since 1996.

In the ODI championship table, India sits in second position on 122 rating points while Sri Lanka is in sixth position, 14 points behind. Zimbabwe occupies 10th position, just two points ahead of Ireland.


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