Gambhir climbs to 20th spot in ODI rankings

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Dubai, Jun 15 (UNI) After finishing as the leading scorer of the Bangladesh tri-series with 209 runs, Indian opener Gautam Gambhir climbed seven places to sit at the 20th position (677 pts) in the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings.

Gambhir is the fourth Indian batsman in the top 20 after Tendulkar, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (9th) and Yuvraj Singh (14th).

The Delhi batsman had started the series at the 27th position and if he manages to carry his form into the Asia Cup starting 24 June, he has a good chance of improving his ranking again as only 21 ratings points separate him from 15th placed Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka.

However, the biggest jump in the batting list came from Virender Sehwag, whose 150 runs in the recently concluded series has helped him rocket 11 places to 38th position.

Pakistani opener Salman Butt and the hard-hitting batsman Shahid Afridi have also achieved career-high rankings at the conclusion of the tri-series in Bangladesh yesterday.

Butt, who has made a habit of scoring heavily against India, jumped seven places to 16th spot (689 pts).

Butt, who was declared player of the tournament, retired hurt after scoring a match-winning 129 in Pakistan's 25-run victory over India in the final match yesterday in Mirpur. It was not only his highest score in 52 matches but also his seventh ODI century and fifth against India.

He is the second Pakistani batsman to figure in the top 20 list With Mohammad Yousuf occupying the fourth place.

Younis Khan, who won the man-of-the-match award for his innings of 108, is in 33rd spot after improving one place.

In the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers, Afridi was the biggest mover from the top draw. The wrist spinner strengthened his position in the top 10 by climbing four places to sixth (682 pts), his best-ever ranking.

Another Pakistani bowler Umar Gul, who was the leading wicket-taker in the series with nine victims, jumped 10 places to 21st place.

The bowling chart is headed by New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori with Australia's Nathan Bracken in second spot.

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