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Dhoni still on top

Dubai: Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has maintained his spot in the ICC ODI rankings for batsmen while Zaheer Khan is just a step away from breaking into the bowler’s top 10.

Apart from Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, at sixth, is the only other Indian batsman in the top 10 while Sachin Tendulkar is ranked 12th.

In the bowlers’ chart, Indian pace spearhead Zaheer rose a step to 11th while off-spinner Harbhajan Singh (20th) has climbed two rungs to break into the top 20.

Outside India, Sri Lanka’s up-and-coming pacer Nuwan Kulasekara gained 11 places to 14th place after a successful series against Zimbabwe.

Ajantha Mendis, leading wicket-taker in the series with 15 scalps, has gained 19 places and now occupies the 25th position in the rankings while his senior spin colleague Muttiah Muralitharan gained three spots to be back into the top five in third position.

Bracken best bowler

Australia’s Nathan Bracken still retains his place as the top-ranked ODI bowler in the world with New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori in second.

In the batsmen’s chart, Kumar Sangakkara is up one place to 15th after finishing top-scorer in the series against Zimbabwe with 182 runs in what was a tour essentially dominated by the ball.

There are no changes in the top 10 batsmen with Dhoni being followed by Michael Hussey of Australia in second place and South Africa’s Graeme Smith in third. — PTI

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