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Dhoni goes down, Irfan moves up

The wicketkeeper-batsman lost his No 1 ODI batting spot to Adam Gilchrist, but Pathan climbed one place to second position in bowling charts.

india Updated: Apr 29, 2006 17:29 IST

Mahendra Singh Dhoni lost his status as the top rated ODI batsman in the world to Adam Gilchrist but Irfan Pathan climbed one place to second position in the latest ICC one-day bowling charts.

Gilchrist leapfrogged his captain Ricky Ponting and Dhoni on the strength of his consistent performances in Bangladesh and the left-hander now holds a slender three-point advantage over the explosive Indian wicketkeeper-batsman, who assumed the top position from Ponting for the first time less than two weeks ago.

Pathan is now in second place in the ODI bowling rankings behind South African Shaun Pollock. The Indian left-arm pacer gained one spot, as did injured Kiwi pace spearhead Shane Bond, at the expense of fourth placed Glenn McGrath who missed a lot of cricket recently to be at home with his ailing wife.

Pathan is also third on the all-rounders' list behind Pollock and England's Andrew Flintoff. Ponting's modest ODI series in Bangladesh saw him slip to third in the batting list.

Australia dominate the one-day batting rankings with four of their players in the top five as Andrew Symonds and Michael Hussey are placed fourth and fifth respectively.

Symonds has his best-ever haul of rating points while Hussey has entered the top five for the first time. He gained one spot at the expense of South African skipper Graeme Smith.

Indian captain Rahul Dravid and Yuvraj Singh are placed ninth and 10th respectively while Sachin Tendulkar has fallen out of the top 20. Harbhajan Singh is placed 10th among one-day bowlers.