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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

M.S.Dhoni, R.Ashwin climb up in ODI rankings

Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin have moved up the ladder to achieve the fourth and sixth positions respectively in the latest ICC ODI rankings for batsmen and bowlers. 

Dhoni has gained a place to be ranked fourth in the list for batsmen, while Ashwin climbed up four places to reach his career-best ranking of sixth in the bowlers rankings, following his five wickets in three Asia Cup matches in Dhaka. 

The Indian batsmen who are outside the top-10 but heading in the right direction are Sachin Tendulkar in 27th spot (up by two) and Suresh Raina in 32nd position (up by four). 

The Indian team, meanwhile, has retained its pre-series rating of 117 points to be at third spot in the Teams Championship table. 

Australia have dropped four ratings points after their five-match ODI series against the West Indies ended in a 2-2 draw but they managed to maintain the numero uno spot. 

The West Indies, in contrast, gained seven ratings points and joined New Zealand on 86 ratings points at number 7. 

Sri Lanka have dropped behind England in fifth position after losing all its matches in the Asia Cup, while Pakistan gained a rating point for its victories over Sri Lanka and Bangladesh and are sixth in the table. South Africa retained the number two position. 

Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan has regained the number one spot from Australia's Shane Watson in all-rounders' table after a series of strong performances in the Asia Cup. His 237 runs with the bat has also put him in a career-best 12th position (up by 14 places) in the batsmen's table.