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Updated: September 7, 2009 16:13 IST

Yuvraj in race to become No.1 ODI batsman

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Yuvraj Singh and M S Dhoni. Photo: Bhagya Prakash. K
Yuvraj Singh and M S Dhoni. Photo: Bhagya Prakash. K

Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s number one ODI batsman tag is under threat from deputy Yuvraj Singh while the top one-day team’s status beckons India, provided they complete a clean sweep in the tri-series starting on Tuesday.

As India prepares to leave for Sri Lanka for the tri-series, which has New Zealand as the third team, Dhoni is the number one batsman in the chart with 44 rating points separating him from second-placed Yuvraj and the order might undergo a change depending on who performs better.

Besides Dhoni and Yuvraj, India boasts two more batsmen inside the top 20. Little master Sachin Tendulkar occupies the 12th position with a place in the top 10 well within his sights, while opener Gautam Gambhir shares the 17th spot with New Zealand’s Ross Taylor.

In the team chart, India trails top-ranked South Africa by just one ratings point but if it wins all the three matches (including the final), it will gain two ratings points.

However, if India loses one match in the tournament, it will stay on 126 ratings points while defeat in two matches will drop it to 123 ratings points.

Among other, Kumar Sangakkara is the only Sri Lanka batsman inside the top 20, sitting just outside the top 10 in 11th position. Mahela Jayawardena is in 30th position while Tillekeratne Dilshan is 32nd.

In the rankings for ODI bowlers, Sri Lanka’s Nuwan Kulasekara is feeling the pressure from New Zealand duo of Kyle Mills and Daniel Vettori. With only 36 points separating Kulasekara from Vettori, a change at the top of the order looks inevitable.

The 23rd placed Harbhajan Singh is the highest-ranked Indian bowler in the absence of 16th placed Zaheer Khan.

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