Dhawan makes debut in top ten of ICC ODI Batsmen rankings

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Dhawan currently sits at ninth on the ICC ODI Batsmen rankings

India opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan has made his debut in the top ten of the International Cricket Council (ICC) ODI Batsmen rankings after scoring 159 runs in three ODIs against the West Indies at an impressive average of 53.

Due to Dhawan’s outstanding performance against the West Indies, he moved up to ninth place and currently has a career-best 736 points.

West Indies batsman Darren Bravo climbed 10 spots to 30th, Johnson Charles moved up one spot to 34th, Lendl Simmons went up two places to 38th, Marlon Samuels soared four spots to 49th and skipper Darren Sammy ascended nine spots to 65th.

India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh managed to climb one spot higher to 70th.

India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin ascended three spots to occupy 14th place on the ICC ODI Bowlers rankings, while Mohammed Shami shot up 14 spots to take control of 50th place.

West Indies pace bowler Ravi Rampaul rose six spots to 28th on the rankings.

Meanwhile, in the recently concluded Pakistan and South Africa series, Proteas opening batsman Hashim Amla moved up one spot to 4th on the ICC ODI Batsmen rankings.

However, Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq dropped down one spot to tenth.

But, Pakistan opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad’s century against South Africa in the second ODI blasted him up 26 spots to 43rd on the rankings.

In the ODI Bowlers rankings, South Africa pace spearhead Dale Steyn ascended five places to fifth after taking a career-best six wickets for 39 runs against Pakistan in the second ODI.

Pakistan seamer Junaid Khan managed to break into the top twenty for the first time in his career after moving up seven places to 19th.

Proteas all-rounder Ryan McLaren shot up four spots to 22nd, while Pakistan veteran all-rounder Shahid Afridi climbed two spots to 29th and South Africa left-arm pace bowler Wayne Parnell occupied the 54th spot after soaring up four places.

Following his dismal series against South Africa, Pakistan Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez was dethroned as the top-ranked ODI all-rounder by Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan.

Hafeez now sits at third behind Al Hasan and Australia’s Shane Watson.

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