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India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been toppled by his West Indies counterpart Chris Gayle, who moved up five ladders to perch on the top of the batsmen’s list in Reliance Mobile ICC ODI Rankings.Dhoni, who is on the second spot of the list with 779 points and an average of 46.84, had to vacate the top slot to Gayle, who have accumulated 783 points with an average of 40.63, thanks to a series of fine performances against New Zealand.The 29-year-old Jamaican managed an impressive 135 off 129 balls including nine fours and five sixes in the final ODI against New Zealand in Napier, although his side eventually lost the match.
The left-hand batsman was last ranked number one nearly five years ago (in April 2004) but he has not been out of the top 20 since the middle of 2002, an ICC release said.India’s left-hand batsman Yuvraj Singh slipped one rung down to the sixth place while South Africa captain Graeme Smith slided down two places to be fifth.Smith is likely to fall even further with injury forcing him out of the upcoming five-match ODI series against Australia, starting on Friday.However, India’s master batsman Sachin Tendulkar retained his 12th spot with 708 points, while Australia skipper Ricky Ponting (740) remaining on the seventh slot.
In the bowlers’ list, which is headed by Australia’s Nathan Bracken, Zaheer Khan (660) is the only Indian, who retained the 11th spot with economy rate of 4.84.New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori has slipped from the number one spot to second, while Australia’s Mitchell Johnson has gained one place to go fourth in the rankings.However, no Indian figure in the list of all-rounders, which is headed by New Zealand’s Jacob Oram.

January 14, 2009 Posted by | cricket | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

SIX Indians in Gurdian’s World test 11

Six Indians cricketers — including Sachin Tendulkar and Mahendra Singh Dhoni — figure in The Guardian newspaper’s ‘World Test XI of the Year’ which interestingly does not include a single Australian.

Former England all-rounder Vic Marks prepared the list which came out in Sunday’s edition of the daily where Marks is a writer.

Apart from Tendulkar and Dhoni, the other Indians in Marks’ team were opener Virender Sehwag, pace partners Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma with Harbhajan Singh as the only spinner.

“This is brilliant; we do not really know which is the best team in the world. For a decade, it has been Australia and there has been nothing to argue about.

“Now there are three contenders as India and South Africa challenge Australia’s supremacy,” said Marks.

“Pick the best XI from these four sides (apologies to Sri Lanka, Pakistan, West Indies and New Zealand for being so exclusive) and it is possible, without too much mischief, not to select a single Australian. This may be an indication of the way things are going,” he added.

Marks picked South African captain Graeme Smith as the skipper of his World XI and the other opener alongside Sehwag.

“He (Smith) is the best ugly batsman in the world,” quipped the former Somerset player.

“Seeking romance and adventure, the choice has to be Virender Sehwag. But, even if pragmatism rules the day, the alternative is another Indian, Gautam Gambhir, who — while not especially pleasing on the eye — is fiercely combative and oozing runs in 2008,” he said.

January 3, 2009 Posted by | cricket, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment