Virat jumps to joint 2nd in ICC ODI rankings

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Dubai, Feb 7 (PTI) Talented Indian batsman Virat Kohlijumped three places to joint second in the latest ICC ODIplayers'' rankings issued today.

Kohli and South African A B de Villiers share the secondspot with 784 points behind another Protea Hashim Amla (889).

Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and opening batsman GautamGambhir are the other two Indians in the top 10 at fifth andninth respectively. Dhoni slipped one place while Gambhirgained one spot.

Explosive batsman Yusuf Pathan soared 34 places to be at47th.

In the bowlers'' chart headed by New Zealand''s DanielVettori, South Africa pacers Morne Morkel and Lonwabo Tsotsobeachieved career-best rankings at second and 10th respectivley.

Morkel, who took 12 wickets in South Africa''s 3-2 serieswin over India, jumped 10 places while Tsotsobe has beenrewarded for finishing as the leading wicket-taker in theseries, with 13 wickets, with a rise of 38 positions.

No Indian features in the top 20 with Praveen Kumar andHarbhajan Singh occupying 17th and 20th spots respectively.

Zaheer Khan gained four places to be at 23rd while MunafPatel jumped six places to occupy 33rd spot.

In the Reliance ICC ODI Championship, Australia''s 6-1series win over England has earned it three ratings points andit now sits pretty on 131 with its closest rivals being Indiaand Sri Lanka who are on 119 ratings points each.

South Africa is a further one point behind in fourthposition.

Bangladesh has moved ahead of the West Indies in eighthplace, thanks to Sri Lanka''s 2-0 win over Darren Sammy''s sidein the three-match series which ended in Colombo yesterday.

Both Bangladesh and the West Indies are locked on 66ratings points but Bangladesh is placed higher after theratings are calculated beyond the decimal point.

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