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Dhoni down to 8th in ICC rankings
April 23, 2007 13:22 IST
Indian cricketers continued their free fall in the ICC ODI Rankings with stumper Mahendra Singh Dhoni dropping two places to eighth and skipper Rahul Dravid slipping one spot to 14th in the latest list.
The other Indians in the list also dropped down with Yuvraj Singh barely maintaining his position in the top-20 at the 19th spot. The left-hander is down two places from his previous standing of 17th.
Meanwhile, in the bowlers' list, off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who has been dropped for India's tour of Bangladesh, slipped one place to 15th.
At the joint 16th spot with England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff, Ajit Agarkar was the only other Indian bowler in the top-20.
Meanwhile, Sri Lankan opener Sanath Jayasuriya has moved up to third position in the rankings for batsmen following his run of good form.
Australian opener Matthew Hayden has moved up one place to seventh spot and is enjoying his highest ODI rating for nearly three years following his third century of the World Cup against New Zealand on April 20.
England's Kevin Pietersen is still on top spot, closely followed by Australia captain Ricky Ponting at second.
In the bowling list, South Africa's Shaun Pollock is still way out in front but is slowly being caught by New Zealand's Shane Bond.
Australian Nathan Bracken, meanwhile, has moved past his team-mate Glenn McGrath to occupy the third spot. Another Australian to have an excellent tournament so far is Brad Hogg, who has moved up nine places to 14th.
In the team rankings, Australia can put more distance between it and second-placed South Africa if it beats Graeme Smith's side in April 25 semi-final in St Lucia.
Currently, Australia is four rating points ahead of the Proteas at the top of the ODI Championship table and a win on Wednesday will increase that to six as it moves up to 130 and South Africa slips to 124.
Meanwhile, two wins and a tie at the World Cup has put Ireland team in with the top teams at 10th in the table.
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