Explosive England batsman Kevin Pietersen replaced West Indian Chris Gayle at the second spot in the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) ODI player rankings released on Monday.
Gayle had moved up after an excellent Champions Trophy in India in October-November. But a dismal performance in the just-concluded series in Pakistan proved less fruitful for the 27-year-old Jamaican as he slipped to the third spot. In four one-dayers, he scored just 57 at an average of 14.25, much below his usual high standards.
Australian Michael Hussey still retained his top spot in the list.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh's Shahriar Nafees has become the fifth batsman in the world to score 1,000 runs in 2007 (along with Gayle and Sri Lankan trio of Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and Sanath Jayasuriya).
Nafees is the first Bangladeshi player ever to achieve the feat and has managed to retain his 19th place in the rankings.
South African Shaun Pollock still tops the all-rounders, clear of Gayle in second and Jayasuriya in the third spot.
Pollock also retained the top spot in the bowler's list followed by Australian Glenn McGrath and Nathan Bracken.
ICC ODI Rankings
1 Mike Hussey (Australia) 821
2 Kevin Pietersen (England) 776
3 Chris Gayle (West Indies) 775
4 Adam Gilchrist (Australia) 769
5 Mahendra Singh Dhoni (India) 757
6 Andrew Symonds (Australia) 753
7 Ricky Ponting (Australia) 740
8 Ramnaresh Sarwan (West Indies) 724
9 Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) 723
10 Michael Clarke (Australia) 711
1 Shaun Pollock (South Africa) 910
2 Glenn McGrath (Australia) 799
3 Nathan Bracken (Australia) 752
4 Ian Bradshaw (West Indies) 746
5 Makhaya Ntini (South Africa) 742
6 Brett Lee (Australia) 741
7 Shane Bond (New Zealand) 730
8 Daniel Vettori (New Zealand) 725
9 Muttiah Muralidaran (Sri Lanka) 712
10 Chaminda Vaas (Sri Lanka) 706
1 Shaun Pollock (South Africa) 477
2 Chris Gayle (West Indies) 446
3 Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka) 370
4 Andrew Flintoff (England) 365
5 Andrew Symonds (Australia) 337