Dhoni moves up despite India's slip in ICC rankings

MS Dhoni moved up to 36th position in ICC rankings after unbeaten scores of 77 and 74 in third Test Getty Images

Dubai: Aug 14, 2011

The humiliating defeat at the Edgbaston Test has taken a toll on the rankings of most of the Indian batsmen as except skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni all others have slipped in the latest ICC ranking table.

India lost the third Test by an innings and 242 runs to trail 0-3 in the four-match series, on Saturday.

Dhoni has moved up four places to be at 36th position after scores of 77 and 74 not out while Sachin Tendulkar is in fourth position, down by one place.

Rahul Dravid, the only Indian centurion so far in the ongoing Test series, is 14th after losing three places.

VVS Laxman in 12th (down by three places), VVS Laxman in 17th (down by seven places) and Gautam Gambhir in 30th (down by three places).

Among the bowlers, Praveen Kumar (29) was the only to improve ranking an that too by just one position.

Zaheer Khan, who was ruled out of the tour due to hamstring and ankle problems, is now sitting seventh after losing two positions.

Gangling Ishant Sharma has dropped out of top-10 to be 11th, down by three positions, while Suresh Raina is at 30th after a loss of seven places.

It’s completely different scenario for the England cricketers as opener Alastair Cook has vaulted into a career-best third position after scoring a career-best 294 at Edgbaston.

Cook, who has been nominated for the Cricketer of the Year and Test Player of the Year awards at LG ICC Awards 2011, has rocketed eight places.

Cook is not the only England batsman who has moved in the right direction. Kevin Pietersen has gained two places and is now in 13th position after a score of 63, captain Andrew Strauss has earned one position and is now in 34th spot after a knock of 87 and Eoin Morgan has climbed 12 places to 52nd position after scoring his second Test century.

Tim Bresnan is the biggest mover in the table for Test bowlers as he has broken into the top 20 for the first time in his career after he jumped nine places to claim 16th position following figures of 4-62 and 1-19.

Stuart Broad, who had match figures of 6-81, has also moved up two places to fifth position where he has been joined by team-mate Graeme Swann who has slipped one place after managing only two wickets in the Test which was dominated by the fast bowlers and Cook.

James Anderson has strengthened his second position after he broke into the 800-point mark for the first time in his career after figures of 2-69 and 4-85.

Broad and Bresnan have also achieved career-best rankings in the rankings for Test all-rounders which are led by South Africa’s Jacques Kallis.(PTI)