Feisty off-spinner Harbhajan Singh was the lone Indian to make any substantial gains in the ICC one-day rankings, jumping 11 places to joint eighth in the bowling chart even as batting stars like Yuvraj Singh and Gautam Gambhir lost ground in the latest list.
Harbhajan, who picked up eight wickets against Australia in the seven-match series which India lost 2-4, shares the eighth spot with flamboyant Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi, who scalped five against New Zealand in a three-match series against New Zealand in UAE.
However, India vice-captain Yuvraj Singh leads the list of batsmen who failed to defend their rankings.
Yuvraj, who started the series in second place, dropped five places to eighth, while opener Gautam Gambhir slipped four places to share the 19th spot with Sri Lanka’s Sanath Jayasuriya.
Among the fast bowlers, Australia’s Doug Bollinger has rocketed 52 places to 69th after his nine wickets against India but Mitchell Johnson and Brett Lee and the Indian pair of Praveen Kumar and Ishant Sharma dropped down the rung.
Johnson shares the 13th spot with South Africa’s Johan Botha after dropping two places, Lee and Praveen have dropped six places each to 22nd and 24th respectively while Ishant has slumped nine places to 35th.
Australia captain Ricky Ponting continued his upward movement in the batting list and after a productive series in India, in which he scored 267 runs, the right-hander has risen two places to fourth, the ICC said in release.
Mike Hussey, who was the most successful batsman in India with 313 runs, has strengthened his second position.
Along with top-placed Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who contributed 285 runs, Hussey is now the only other batsman with more than 800 ratings points.
In the Rankings for ODI all-rounders, Australian Shane Watson achieved a career-best second spot after his player-of-the-series performance against India in which he scored 256 runs and took 10 wickets.
Besides his 26th place in the batting table, the Queenslander sits 32nd in the bowling chart.