India in fourth spot in ICC ODI Championship table

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Kuala Lumpur, Mar 1 (UNI) India occupies the fourth place in the latest LG ICC ODI Championship table with captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni the highest ranked batsman at the ninth position.

India (111 pts), who are closely trailed by South Asian rivals Pakistan (109 pts) and Sri Lanka (107 pts), will join join New Zealand on 113 rating points if they win the upcoming CB Series final against Australia within two straight matches. They will however, remain in fourth position when the points are calculated beyond the decimal point.

Australia (130 points) who currently head the table, will meanwhile drop to 127 ratings points, same as South Africa who are in the second spot. But they will still be ahead of Graeme Smith's side when the points are calculated beyond the decimal point.

On the other hand, if the Aussies win the tournament in two straight matches, they will go to 132 ratings points with India dropping to 110 rating points. A 2-1 win for Australia would mean that the home team would finish on 130 points while India would remain on 111 .

Sri Lanka, the other team in the tri-series, avoided a slip in the table when it signed off with a 13-run victory over Australia in their last match of the tournament. Had Australia won the game, the Lankans would have slipped to seventh position with England (105 pts) moving up to sixth place.

Meanwhile, in the latest LG ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen, Dhoni is followed by Sachin Tendulkar who jumped three places to the 11th spot, a place which he shares with Aussie all-rounder Andrew Symonds.

Yuvraj Singh is in 17th spot after dropping one place. Gautam Gambhir is the most improved batsman after rising 10 places to the 26th position.

Australia captain Ricky Ponting leads the list with compatriot Adam Gilchrist breathing down his neck in second place after rising four places. Gilchrist, who retires after this series, is just 32 points behind and has a realistic chance of signing off on top of the list.

Besides Gilchrist, Matthew Hayden is the only other Australia batsman to make some progress while Michael Clarke, Mike Hussey and Andrew Symonds all slipped down the ladder.

Hayden climbed one place to the 11th position while Clarke slipped three places to fifth. Hussey dropped two places to the seventh spot and Symonds fell three positions to 14th.

In the bowlers' list, there is no Indian in the top 10.

Harbhajan Singh in 22nd position is the highest-ranked India bowler. Irfan Pathan is in 30th place after climbing five spots while Ishant Sharma is 110th after gaining 27 places.

New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori's top position is under serious threat by second-placed Australian fast bowler Nathan Bracken who is just 12 points behind. A good performance in the finals can help him claim the coveted spot.

Bracken's team-mate Brett Lee has improved two places and now sits on fifth position while Mitchell Johnson is on 11th spot and could well break into the top 10 for the first time.

Meanwhile, the Lankan trio of Muttiah Muralitharan, Farveez Maharoof and Lasith Malinga have lost ground. Muralitharan dropped two places to the eighth spot, Maharoof slipped one place to 10th and Malinga fell three places to the 17th position.

Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik heads the LG ICC Player Rankings for all-rounders with South Africa's Jacques Kallis in second place, just three points behind.

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