ICC Rankings: Tendulkar storms to the top

March 5, 2008
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, NEW DELHI (espnstar.com) – India’s little master Sachin Tendulkar has stormed to the top of LG ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen after brilliant performances in the tri-series final which concluded in Brisbane on Tuesday.

Tendulkar jumped 10 places to the top spot after scoring 399 runs in the series, including match-winning knocks of 117 not out and 91 in the finals in Sydney and Brisbane, respectively, according to latest ICC rankings released on Wednesday.

It is almost three-and-a-half years since the 34-year-old from Mumbai has been at the top of the one-day chart. Tendulkar, who has scored 16,361 runs with 42 centuries, last spearheaded the batting chart in August 2004 during the series against Sri Lanka in Colombo.

Tendulkar had entered the series in eighth place on 736 points and after battling the ups and downs during a keenly contested series and finished on 777 points to lead Australia captain Ricky Ponting by seven points.

Besides Tendulkar, Australia opener Matthew Hayden is the only big name to have made movement in the right direction. He climbed two places to finish eighth following his 298-run contribution.

However, Australia wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist’s hopes of ending his career on top of the batting list were dashed when the 36-year-old from New South Wales signed off in sixth place after dropping four positions.

The Aussie duo of Mike Hussey and Andrew Symonds managed to hold on their places in seventh and 14th positions respectively.

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni dropped one place to 10th, Australia’s Michael Clarke slipped seven places to 12th, and India’s Yuvraj Singh fell one place to 18th while Gautam Gambhir, who was the leading run-getter of the series with 440 runs, slipped one place to 27th.

In the rankings for ODI bowlers, Australia fast bowler Brett Lee and Mitchell Johnson failed to retain their places. Lee dropped two places to seventh while Johnson failed to enter the top 10 and instead slipped four places to 15th.

Harbhajan Singh, however, improved three places to 18th, while Praveen Kumar climbed 47 places to 75th and Irfan Pathan slipped six places to 36th position.

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