Dubai, Oct 28: Indian batsman Virat Kohli has slipped to third in the latest ICC ODI Player Rankings. South Africa's AB de Villiers continues to be on top of the chart while captain MS Dhoni has retained his number six position. Shikhar Dhawan is in 9th, losing one spot.
De Villiers has retained the top spot in the rankings but his team-mate Hashim Amla, with scores of 38 and 119 against New Zealand recently, has closed the gap to 28 ratings points as preparations for the ICC World Cup 2015 gather pace, ICC said today.
Kohli has slipped one place to third following Amla's movement. However, Kohli will have a chance to move up the order when he takes to the field against Sri Lanka in the series, which starts on 2 November. Only two ratings points separate the second and third ranked batsmen.
On the ICC Players Rankings for ODI Bowlers, South African paceman Dale Steyn has retained his third place after figures of one wicket for 28 runs and two for 35 runs, respectively.
Ryan McLaren has dropped three places to 12th position, though Morne Morkel has moved up two places to 15th after a series which saw him claim three wickets. Leg-spinner Imran Tahir's consistent performances have seen him climb four places to a career-high 22nd place. Another significant riser is Vernon Philander who rises 15 places to 78th position.
New Zealand's top ranked bowler, Kyle Mills, drops four places to 17th in the latest rankings.