Sachin tops ICC ODI rankings; India moves to third spot

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Dubai, Mar 14 (UNI) After his brilliant performances in the recently concluded CB Series Down Under, master blaster Sachin Tendulkar occupies the top spot in the ICC ODI World Batting Rankings while Team India jumped one spot to the third position.

In the ODI Batting Charts, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is at the seventh position, is the only other Indian batsman in the top 10.

Gautam Gambhir is placed at the 12th spot with 167 points while team mate Yuvraj Singh (155 pts) is at in the 17th position.

West Indian Shivnarine Chanderpaul (191pts) is placed second.

He is closely followed Mohammad Yousuf (190 pts) from Pakistan while Brendon McCullum (188 pts) from New Zealand is at the fourth position.

McCullum's team mate Jamie How (177 pts) is placed at the eighth position. South African Herschelle Gibbs (186 pts), Graeme Smith (181 pts) and Abraham de Villiers (175 pts) are placed at the fifth, sixth and nineth positions respectively. Ricky Ponting (172 pts) at the 10th position completes the top 10 list.

However, none of the Indian bowlers could enter the top 10 in the World ODI Bowling Rankings.

Pace sensation Ishant Sharma (155 points) is the highest placed Indian bowler at the 11th spot while compatriot Sreesanth (150 points) is at the 12th position followed by RP Singh (134 points) who is ranked 18th.

Unlike the Australian batsmen, the bowlers from Down Under continue to rule the ODI Bowling Rankings. Brett Lee (196 points) is at the top of the bowling charts. Team mates Nathan Bracken (181 pts) and Mitchell Johnson (179 pts) are at the fourth and the fifth positions respectively.

In the One Day International Team Rankings India is at the third position with 99 points followed by New Zealand (90 pts).

Meanwhile, Australia (108pts) continues to dominate the teams' rankings with South Africa (104 pts) at the second spot.

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