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Yuvraj, Zaheer back in ODI top 20

The players re-enter the top 20 of ICC ODI player rankings after their good show in India's series win over South Africa.

cricket Updated: Jul 02, 2007 22:01 IST

Yuvraj Singh and Zaheer Khan were back to the top 20 of LG ICC ODI player rankings following their impressive show in India's one-day cricket series win over South Africa.

Yuvraj scored an unbeaten 49 to level the three-match series against South Africa and then stroked a masterful 61 not out yesterday to steer India to a six-wicket victory and a 2-1 series win.

These performances have moved him up two places to 19th in the Rankings for ODI batsmen.

Zaheer missed the side's opening game against Ireland, but came back for the series against South Africa in which he took three wickets in as many games to rise two places to 20th in the bowlers' rankings.

Zaheer's new ball partner Ajit Agarkar has also climbed up three places to 12th after the Ireland leg of the 80-day tour of UK.

Sachin Tendulkar has also benefited from an excellent series against South Africa. The 34-year-old, who became the first player in the history of the game to complete 15,000 ODI runs, has moved up two places to 21st in the batting list.

Tendulkar had briefly climbed to 17th after superlative knocks of 99 and 93 in the first two games but slipped four places after Sunday's final match in which he scored eight.

Indian vice-captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has dropped two places through no fault of his own and is now ranked sixth in the rankings for ODI batsmen.

The 25-year-old missed the first three games of the Ireland tour because of flu before returning for the last game against South Africa in which he scored 14 not out.

India has the chance to move up the Championship table in the coming weeks as it will be playing another eight ODIs before the ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa.

Dravid's side faces traditional rivals Pakistan in Glasgow tomorrow and then plays a seven-match series against England in August and September.

England's Kevin Pietersen still occupies the top batting spot in the ODI list with Australia captain Ricky Ponting in second place.

Ponting's teammate Nathan Bracken is Shaun Pollock's closest rival for top position in the bowling list.