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Dhoni up by two spots to be No.3

Calcutta: Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who was named the Man of the Series following India’s 5-0 victory over England in the ODIs, jumped two places to reach the third spot in the latest ICC rankings Wednesday.

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin also broke into the top-20 for the first time after claiming 10 wickets in the series. For this effort, the 25-year-old managed a jump of 16 places that has put him in 20th spot.

Ashwin’s teammate Ravindra Jadeja, who was the Man of the Match in Calcutta, has also been rewarded for finishing as the most successful bowler of the series with 11 wickets. He has vaulted 12 places to 26th.

Jadeja also jumped 11 places to reach the 12th spot in the all-rounders ranking, which is topped by Shakib-al Hasan of Bangladesh, followed by Shane Watson of Australia.

Dhoni, who scored 212 runs and was not dismissed even once in the series, shared the third spot with England’s Jonathan Trott who gained three places following his series contribution of 202 runs.

The two batsmen now trail second-ranked AB de Villiers of South Africa by 18 ratings points who will continue to lose points while he is out of action due to an injury. At the top of the table is Hashim Amla.

Virat Kohli at the fifth spot was the only other Indian inside the top-10 batsmen, while Gautam Gambhir was placed at 13th position. Kohli was the top scorer for India in the series.

Other batsmen from the India-England series to head in the right direction are Suresh Raina in 26th (up by four places), Alastair Cook in 36th (up by three places), Kevin Pietersen in 47th (up by three places) and Craig Kieswetter in 66th (up by 26 places).

South Africa’s Morne Morkel has taken over as the No.1 ranked bowler from England’s Graeme Swann in the rankings.

On Sunday, Morkel produced a Man of the Match performance by taking four for 22 in South Africa’s series-levelling 80-run victory over Australia in Port Elizabeth.

While, two days later in Calcutta, Swann, who had entered the series against India in No. 1 position, finished the tour of India managing only two wickets at 95.50.

As such, Morkel has moved up four places to the top of the rankings for the first time in his career after gaining 32 ratings points, while Swann has dropped two places to third after conceding 39 ratings points.


Batsmen — 1. Hashim Amla; 2. AB de Villiers; 3. Mahendra Singh Dhoni & Jonathan Trott; 5. Virat Kohli; 6. Shane Watson; 7. Kumar Sangakkara; 8. Mike Hussey; 9. Michael Clarke; 10. Jacques Kallis.

Bowlers — 1. Morne Morkel; 2. Daniel Vettori; 3. Graeme Swann; 4. Mitchell Johnson; 5. Doug Bollinger; 6. Saeed Ajmal; 7. L.Tsotsobe; 8. Dale Steyn; 9. Lasith Malinga & Shakib-al Hasan.

All-rounders — 1. Shakib-al Hasan; 2. Shane Watson; 3. Md.Hafeez; 4. Jacques Kallis

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