Dhoni and Kohli move down in ICC rankings, Shami gains 14 places

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Brisbane, Mar 2: Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni slipped down the ladder to be fourth and 10th respectively, while Shikhar Dhawan retained his seventh spot in the latest ICC ODI batsmen's rankings released here today.

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In the ODI bowlers' chart, however, Indian pacer Mohammed Shami and Ravichandaran Ashwin made upward movements. While Shami gained as many as 14 places to be at 11th now, Ashwin's eight wickets in the ongoing cricket World Cup so far helped him climb six spots to 16th.

Shami has gained 14 places

There have been a plenty of reshuffle in the rankings at the end of 23 pool matches in the World Cup, currently being staged in Australia and New Zealand.Kohli has slipped a rung but is still the best-placed Indian batsman at fourth position, while skipper Dhoni has lost two places to be at 10th.

Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina are the other Indian batsmen to be figuring in the top-20 list. Even though Rohit has lost three places to be at 16th, Raina has climbed up four positions to be at 20th.

Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara, who is currently the leading run-scorer in the cricket's biggest spectacle with 268 runs, has moved up two places to join South Africa's Hashim Amla in second place. The batting table is headed by South Africa captain AB de Villiers, who leads by 49 ratings points.

While none of the Indian bowlers figure in the top-10, both Shami and Ashwin's progress has been significant. However, injured an Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ravindra Jadeja have both lost four places each to be at 17th and 18th.

The bowlers' list is still topped by Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal, even though he is not a part of the squad in the mega-event.

Meanwhile, India's Jadeja has managed to retain his seventh position in the ODI all-rounders' table, which is now headed by Sri Lanka's Tillakaratne Dilshan, who has become number one following his 229 runs with the bat and three wickets with the ball in the World Cup so far.

In team rankings, Australia continue to lead the field with 120 ratings points, while world champions India are second, four points behind. South Africa, on 113 ratings points, are third, and Sri Lanka fourth.

Following New Zealand's four wins in as many matches and England's three defeats in four games, the two sides have swapped places. New Zealand is now fifth, just one ratings point behind Sri Lanka, while England are now sixth, eight rating points ahead of Pakistan.

PTI

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