Dhoni remains on top in ODI rankings

The Indian captain held on to his rank while New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori toppled Nathan Bracken from the bowlers' top spot.

updated: September 11, 2008 16:02 IST
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M S Dhoni hung on to his place atop the ODI batting chart but Australian Nathan Bracken surrendered top slot in bowlers' rankings to Daniel Vettori after his relatively disappointing series against Bangladesh.

In three ODIs, 30-year-old Bracken took just two wickets at an average of 29 which allowed New Zealand captain Vettori topple the Australian.

Vettori had surged to the top of bowling chart back in February before Bracken swapped places with the left-arm spinner following the second ODI between England and New Zealand in June.

Bracken's teammate Mitchell Johnson has also slipped one place to fourth but fellow pacer Stuart Clark has jumped four rungs after picking up five wickets at an average of 9.20.

He shares 15th spot with the West Indies' Daren Powell and Pakistan's Iftikhar Anjum, according to an ICC release on Sunday.

Shane Watson has returned to the top-50 after rocketing 14 places to share 40th place with India's Praveen Kumar. Left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak has strengthened his status as Bangladesh's premier bowler by climbing seven places to 27th position while Saqibul Hasan has also jumped seven places to 39th spot.

However, fast bowler Mashrafe Mortaza has failed to defend his 36th position and has dropped to 42nd spot after a wicket-less series.

In the ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen, Australia's stand-in captain Michael Clarke has dropped one place to 15th after scoring 40 runs at an average of 13.33.

Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal has risen 10 places to 35th position but captain Mohammad Ashraful has slipped three places to 59th.

Dhoni leads Australians Mike Hussey in the batting chart while England's Andrew Flintoff heads the all-rounders' category.

At eighth, Sachin Tendulkar is the only other batsman in the top-10.

At 14th, Zaheer Khan is the highest ranked Indian bowler. In the ICC ODI Championship, Australia's 3-0 victory has earned it one ratings point. In contrast, Bangladesh has dropped to 45 ratings points.