India below B'desh in ODI rankings

ibnlive.com
Jun 20, 2007 at 11:01am IST

New Delhi: Post the World Cup debacle, Team India has hit a new low, slipping below Bangladesh in the latest Maruti Suzuki Cricket Ratings issued by ESPN STAR Sports.

India, who had lost to their sub-continental neighbours Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, in the preliminary rounds of the World Cup, were just ahead of Kenya who are placed 10th.

'Giant killers' Bangladesh, who advanced to the second round of the premier event and defeated top-ranked South Africa, have been positioned two places above at seventh in the list.

DOWN UNDER: India, who lost to Bangladesh and SL, in the WC preliminary rounds are just ahead of Kenya.

The four semifinalists, Australia, South Africa, Sri Lanka and New Zealand, have secured the top positions in that order.

Australia leads ODI teams chart with 98 points and South Africa follows at number two with 92 points.

World Cup finalists Sri Lanka are at number three with 82 points and the Kiwis with 73 points are at number four spot.

England is at number five with 62 points, West Indies (59 points) is at number six followed by Bangladesh (42 points), Pakistan (40 points) and India (38 points). Kenya with 14 points completes the top 10 ranking.

However, Zimbabwe dropped out of the top-10 list.

In the individual rankings also, none of the Indians could make it to the top 10 in either bowling or batting which comprised players from the top four teams.

Hard-hitting Aussie opener Matthew Hayden has secured the top spot in the ODI batting list with 184 points.

He is closely followed by South African mainstay Jacques Kallis (179 points).

(With inputs from PTI)

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