Hussey reclaims ODI top spot at Dhoni's expense

Australian middle-order talisman Michael Hussey has dislodged M S Dhoni from the top position amongst ODI batsmen in the latest ICC rankings.

updated: June 05, 2010 16:39 IST
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New Delhi:

The new ICC cricket rankings which was released at the end of the ODI series between West Indies and South Africa has seen Australian middle-order batsman Michael Hussey dislodge Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni after his prolonged stay at the top position amongst batsmen.

Hussey now has 811 rating points, which is 4 ahead of Dhoni's 807. The two are followed by the South African pair of AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla in the 3rd and 4th positions respectively.

The decision of the the Indian selectors to rest most of the senior players for the tour of Zimbabwe has meant that they have not made any addition to their tally and are hence down from their previous rankings.

South Africa opener Hashim Amla has claimed a career-best fourth position to date in the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen after stellar performances in the five-ODI series against the West Indies which concluded on Thursday.

Amla, who had started the series in 25th position, has climbed 21 places after scores of 102, 92, 34, 129 and 45 to now share the fourth spot with India s Sachin Tendulkar.

AB de Villiers, who was the second most successful run-getter in the series, has consolidated his third position and is now just two ratings points behind India s Mahendra Singh Dhoni who has lost his top position to Australia s Michael Hussey after deciding to skip on the ongoing triangular series in Zimbabwe. A player loses half a percent of his ratings points for every match he misses and, as such, Dhoni has already lost 12 ratings points.

Amongst the bowlers, New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori continues to be at the top of the charts with a comfortable lead of 50 points over Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan.

South Africa's fine show in the Windies which saw them whitewash the hosts in the 5 match ODI series, has seen them move to the second spot, tied alongside India with 119 points. A victory though in Saturday's match against Sri Lanka will see India move to 120 points and reclaim the sole second spot.