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Dhoni, Pathan slip in ICC rankings

If Dravid is out of batting top 10, Bhajji and Agarkar jumped back into top 20.

india Updated: May 30, 2006 14:02 IST

India's 4-1 ODI series loss to the West Indies has been a sobering experience for Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Irfan Pathan as the two dropped down the ICC Player Rankings released on Monday.

Dhoni began the series in second place in the Rankings for ODI batsmen, within touching distance of the top spot, which he held briefly last month before Adam Gilchrist of Australia overtook him.

However, a return of only 95 runs from five innings has seen Dhoni drop two places to fourth and he now trails not only Gilchrist but also the West Indies' Ramnaresh Sarwan, up nine spots to second position, and Australia captain Ricky Ponting, currently in third place.

Like Dhoni, Pathan has endured a series to forget.

The left arm seamer started the tour in second place in the bowling list, but six wickets in four matches has seen him slide to seventh, although there are relatively few rating points between many of the players in that top group.

With the bat, Pathan is down 10 spots to 57th place while, in the Rankings for ODI all-rounder, he has slid two spots and now finds himself in fifth position.

Captain Dravid has dropped out of the batting top 10, down three places to 12th, but it is not all doom and gloom for India in the player ratings.

Virender Sehwag's excellent form has seen him move into the top 20, up six places to 18th, Yuvraj Singh remains in 10th place and Mohammad Kaif is up eight spots to 46.

Ajit Agarkar has jumped back into the top 20 bowlers, rising eight places to 13th while Harbhajan Singh is also in that top 20, down one spot in joint 11th, alongside South Africa's Makhaya Ntini.

The good news for the West Indies is led by the rise of Sarwan, who only entered the top 10 earlier this month after a series of excellent displays against Zimbabwe.

His 273 runs in the series with India, including one hundred and two fifties, means he is now breathing down the neck of leader Gilchrist at the top of the batting list.

Below him, Chris Gayle is up three places to 11th position while Dwayne Bravo, who made successive half-centuries in the last two matches of the series, rises 30 places to 74th.

Ian Bradshaw climbs into the bowling top 10 for the first time, up nine places to eighth spot, and he is the first West Indies bowler to reach that top 10 since Reon King five years ago.

Gayle is also on the way up in the Rankings for all-rounders, up two places to third.

The West Indies has not been able to improve on its eighth position in the ICC ODI Championship table but Brian Lara's side has gained seven rating points because of the 4-1 series win.

It means it is now just five points behind seventh-placed England in the table.

Rahul Dravid's side went into the series in third position in the table but has now slipped back to fifth in the table, below Pakistan and New Zealand, as well as South Africa and runaway leaders Australia.