Sachin slips to 10th place; Yousuf back in top 10 in ICC ranking

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Dubai, Oct 31 (UNI) Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar drops one position, while Pakistan batting mainstay Mohammad Yousuf has stormed back into the top 10 of the LG ICC player rankings for ODI batsmen after showing outstanding form in the just-concluded ODI series against the Proteas.

Yousuf, who won the player of the series award jumps ten places to eighth, to back his second place in the player rankings for Test batsmen. However, Yousuf's efforts went into vain as South Africa clinch the series 3-2 in Lahore on Monday.

With Pakistan scheduled to tour India to play five ODIs and three Tests next month, Yousuf will be aiming to continue his upward progress as just one rating point separates him from seventh-placed Ramnaresh Sarwan of the West Indies and 17 points from Australia's Mike Hussey on sixth position.

South African captain Graeme Smith is also rewarded for inspiring his team to a memorable series victory as his aggregate of 228 runs has helped him climb two places to fourth.

Smith's upward movement means England's Kevin Pietersen and Hussey each drop a place to fifth and sixth respectively in the listing.

With South Africa to go head-to-head with New Zealand in a three-match ODI series next month, Smith has the chance to rise still further as only 16 points separates him from Australia's Andrew Symonds, in second place.

Symonds, is not due to play an ODI until December when Australia meets New Zealand in the Chappell-Hadlee Series.

Herschelle Gibbs, another South Africa's star performer in the ODI series with 214 runs, improves three places to 11th while Pakistan's Younis Khan, after his series aggregate of 194 runs, has climbed 12 places to 36th position.

Meanwhile, Australian captain Ricky Ponting tops the batting list and is part of an impressive Australian 1-2-3 as he is followed by Symonds and Matthew Hayden, the winner of the ODI Player of the Year award at the ICC awards in September.

Besides the trio and sixth place Hussey, Australia also has Michael Clarke and Adam Gilchrist in the top 20. However, Clarke and Gilchrist drop two places each to 13th and 14th places respectively following Yousuf and Gibbs' improvements.

Others to drop because of Yousuf's rise include the West Indies duo of Chris Gayle and Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

India's batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar also drops one position to take the 10th spot, while dashing southpaw Yuvraj Singh and India's ODI captain Mahender Sigh Dhoni takes the 17th and 18th place respectively in the players ranking.

However, not all news is good for the Proteas as Jacques Kallis has slipped in both the player rankings for batsmen and all-rounders.

Kallis, who was the player of the Test series, scored just 113 runs and consequently fell four places to 16th. His four wickets in the series affected his all-rounders ranking as well as he dropped three places to fifth position.

West Indian Chris Gayle, Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya and England's Andrew flintoff, benefitted from Kallis's misfortune to improve one place each to second, third and fourth respectively.

Kallis's team-mate Shaun Pollock leads the list by a comfortable margin.

Pollock also leads the player rankings for ODI bowlers as the top ten remains unchanged. Makhaya Ntini is the other South African in that elite group, in seventh place, and that group also includes three Australians (Nathan Bracken (third), Bradley Hogg (eighth) and Brett Lee (ninth)), three Sri Lankans (Chaminda Vaas (fourth), talismanic spinner Muthiah Muralitharan (fifth) and Farveez Maharoof (10th)) and two New Zealanders (Shane Bond (second) and Daniel Vettori sixth).

Australia leads South Africa by five rating points at the top of the ICC ODI championship table. Pakistan is in fourth position ahead of fifth-placed India.

ICC ODI Championship table: 1. Australia (128); 2. South Africa (123); 3. New Zealand (114); 4.

Pakistan (109); 5. India (109); 6. Sri Lanka (108); 7. England (107); 8. West Indies (102); 9. Bangladesh (48); 10. Ireland (28); 11. Zimbabwe (17); 12. Kenya (0).

ICC ODI Rankings: Batsmen: 1. Ricky Ponting (Aus) 788; 2. Andrew Symonds (Aus) 765; 3. Matthew Hayden (Aus) 755; 4. Graeme Smith (SA) 749; 5. Kevin Pietersen (Eng) 748; 6. Mike Hussey (Aus) 740; 7. Ramnaresh Sarwan (WI) 724; 8.

Mohammad Yousuf (Pak) 723; 9. Chris Gayle (WI) 720; 10. Sachin Tendulkar (Ind) 715.

Bowlers: 1. Shaun Pollock (SA) 855; 2. Shane Bond (NZ) 790; 3. Nathan Bracken (Aus) 757; 4. Chaminda Vaas (SL) 717; 5. Muttiah Muralitharan (SL) 712; 6. Daniel Vettori (NZ) 697; 7. Makhaya Ntini (SA) 691; 8. Brad Hogg (Aus) 674; 9. Brett Lee (Aus) 670; 10. Farveez Maharoof (SL) 664.

All-rounders: 1. Shaun Pollock (SA) 475; 2. Chris Gayle (WI) 366; 3. Sanath Jayasuriya (SL) 363; 4. Andrew Flintoff (Eng) 354; 5. Jacques Kallis (SA) 346.

UNI

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