Dubai, Nov 12: Two Indian batsmen are now in the top five of the ICC ODI rankings, with Virat Kohli remaining at number three and opener Shikhar Dhawan climbing up the ladder to fifth after earning four places in the latest list issued here today.
However, India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is not playing in the ongoing five-ODI series against Sri Lanka due to an injury, has slipped one place to seventh position. Dhawan has moved up owing to his superb performance in the first three matches of the ODI series against Sri Lanka. He has been the leading run-getter of the series so far with 283 runs at an average of 94.33.
Meanwhile, the two South Africans - AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla - continue to occupy the top two positions in the batting table. In the ODI bowlers list, India's medium pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar is now sharing the sixth spot with Mohammad Hafeez of Pakistan after moving up a place. Ravindra Jadeja, however, has dropped two places to be at number eight in the table, which is still headed by Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal.
India, which had jumped to number-one position in the ICC ODI Team Rankings after winning the second match of the series against Sri Lanka, may soon be challenged by Australia and South when the two go head to head in a five-match ODI series in Perth on Friday.