Dhoni sixth in ODI rankings after prolific series in England

September 18th, 2011 - 8:44 pm ICT by IANS  

Kumar Sangakkara Dubai, Sep 18 (IANS) Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has moved up to the sixth place in the International Cricket Council’s rankings for ODI batsmen after producing a ‘player of the series’ performance in the recent series against England.

Dhoni finished the five-match series as the leading run-getter with 236 runs at an average of little under 79. For this achievement, he has been rewarded with a jump of three places, which not only puts him in sixth position but also makes him the highest-ranked India batsmen after Virat Kohli dropped three places to ninth position following his 194 runs in the series.

Also moving in the right direction from the England series is home side’s Jonathan Trott, who won the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for Cricketer of the Year award at the ICC Awards in London last week.

Trott scored 111 runs from four matches and improved his own rating by six points, which has helped him leapfrog ahead of Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara into fourth position.

Both Dhoni and Trott will be aiming to further climb the ladder when they go head to head in the five-ODI series which starts in Hyderabad October 14. While Dhoni last topped the batting charts in June 2010, Trott is enjoying his career-best ranking to date.

Left-hand batsman Suresh Raina was the second leading run-getter for India with 198 runs, which has provided him a jump of five places to 30th spot. Ravi Bopara’s effort of 197 runs in the series has earned him a jump of 14 places and puts him at the 64th spot.

India’s Rahul Dravid has signed off on an illustrious ODI career in 118th position after playing his first series in two years. The former captain scored 128 runs in his final series, which earned him three places on the batting chart.

Dravid’s 10,899 in 344 ODIs with 12 centuries and 83 half-centuries makes him the seventh highest run-getter in the history of ODI behind Sachin Tendulkar (18,111), Ricky Ponting (13,602), Sanath Jayasuriya (13,430), Inzamam-ul-Haq (11,739), Sourav Ganguly (11,363) and Jacques Kallis (11,227).

During his career, the 38-year-old from Bangalore reached the highest ranking of fifth after the Edgbaston ODI against England on August 27, 2007, when he scored 56 in India’s 42-run victory.

In the rankings for ODI bowlers, England’s Graeme Swann has strengthened his position at the top of the tree. The off-spinner earned 25 ratings position for his eight wickets in the series, which have put him on a career-best 750 ratings points.

India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is the biggest mover. Ashwin took six wickets against England and jumped 34 places to 41st spot. Also rising in the rankings are England’s fast bowler James Anderson in 11th (up by two places), Praveen Kumar of India in 21st (up by four places) and Mohammad Hafeez of Pakistan in 23rd (up by three places).

Bowlers losing ground include Saeed Ajmal of Pakistan in seventh (down by three places), England fast bowler Stuart Broad in 26th (down by four places), and Munaf Patel of India in 33rd (down by six places).

Amongst the all-rounders, Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez has broken into the top three for the first time in his career. The list is still headed by Shane Watson of Australia with Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan in second position.

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