Dubai, Dec 2: India opener Shikhar Dhawan has made it to the top 10 of the ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen for the first time in his career after he moved up two places to ninth in the latest update which were released on Sunday (December 1).
Left-handed Dhawan has been rewarded for his 159 runs in three matches against West Indies as he has moved up two places to a career-high ninth position with a best-ever ratings points of 736.
In the recently concluded three-match ODI series against West Indies, India won 2-1.
Hashim Amla has moved up a place to fourth while Dhawan's movement has resulted in Misbah-ul-Haq slipping one position to 10th in the only other changes inside the top 10.
Outside the top 20, the batsmen to move up are Darren Bravo in 30th (up by 10), Johnson Charles in 34th (up by one), Lendl Simmons in 38th (up by two), Ahmed Shehzad in 43rd (up by 26), Marlon Samuels in 49th (up by four), Darren Sammy in 65th (up by nine) and Yuvraj Singh in 70th (up by one).
India's Virat Kohli leads the field with South Africa captain AB de Villiers just 17 ratings points behind in second place. With India playing South Africa in a three-match series from 5 December, Kohli and de Villiers could well be facing-off for a stint at the top batting rank.
Meanwhile, South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn has continued his upward move inside the top 10 of the ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers. Steyn has moved up five positions to fifth after claiming nine wickets in two ODIs against Pakistan.
The other two South Africa bowlers inside the top 10 are Morne Morkel in ninth and Lonwabo Tsotsobe in 10th.
India's R Ashwin has moved up three places to 14th, while Pakistan's Junaid Khan in 19th (up by seven) has moved into the top 20 for the first-time ever.