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    Kohli and Dhoni in top 4 in ICC rankings

    Kohli and Dhoni have 846 and 752 points respectively in the list headed by South Africa\'s Hashim Amla with 871 points.

    Dubai: India's Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni were sitting pretty in the third and fourth positions respectively in the latest ICC ODI Championship table for batsmen, released on Tuesday.

    Kohli has 846 rating points while skipper Dhoni has 752 points to his name in the list headed by South Africa's Hashim Amla with 871 points. Gautam Gambhir is the next best Indian, at 17th place with 666 points.

    In the ratings for ODI bowlers, Indian offspinner R Ashwin occupies sixth place. The list is headed by South African Lonwabo Tsotsobe followed by Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal and another Protean in Morne Morkel.

    In the team rankings, India are at third place with 117 rating points. Australia and South Africa are No.1 and No.2 in the list, respectively.

    Both Sri Lanka and Pakistan however, will be aiming for improvements in their rankings when they go head to head in a five-match series which starts in Pallekele on Thursday. Fifth-ranked Sri Lanka lead sixth-ranked Pakistan by five ratings points.

    If Sri Lanka win all five matches of the series then they will move ahead of England into fourth position on 114 ratings points, irrespective of the outcome of the three-match ODI series between England and West Indies which starts at The Rose Bowl on 16 June.

    If Sri Lanka win 4-1 and England beat West Indies 3-0, then both the sides will be on 113 ratings points but England will be ranked above Sri Lanka by a fraction of a point.

    In sharp contrast, if Pakistan win the series 4-1 or better, then they will move ahead of Sri Lanka into fifth position. In case of Pakistan's 4-1 series win, both sides will be on 108 ratings points but Pakistan will be ranked above Sri Lanka when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point.

    Pakistan can even move to fourth if they win all five matches against Sri Lanka and West Indies win their series against England.