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Raina lone Indian to feature in top-10 of ICC T20 rankings
Dubai : Suresh Raina is the lone Indian to feature in the top 10 chart of the the Reliance ICC T20 International Player Rankings which were released, in Dubai on Saturday.
Raina is placed seventh in the list of top 10 batsmen with 734 points after dropping a place in the recently released
England’s Kevin Pitersen is leading the batsmen list with 850 points, followed by Martin Guptill (791) of New Zealand and another Englishman Eoin Morgan (788).
India’s left-handed opener Gautam Gambhir, who was in sparkling form against South Africa on Friday before rain ended the match with India stranded on 71-0 in 7.5 overs while chasing 220, has also moved up three places to 14th spot.
However, no Indian could find a place in the top 10 T20 bowlers rankings with out-of-favour off-spinner Harbhajan Singh placed at a distant 20th position.
The T20 bowlers chart is being lead by England off-spinner Graeme Swann with two other spinners — Ajantha Mendis of Sri Lanka and Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal closely following him in the second and third spots.
In the T20 player rankings for all-rounders, Australia’s Shane Watson (438) has extended his advantage over number-two ranked Shahid Afridi (340) of Pakistan to 92 ratings points.
There is also sad news for India in the ICC T20I team rankings as Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men find themselves in seventh spot.
Defending ICC World Twenty20 champion England has been holding the top position since the introduction of ranking system from last October.
England lead second-ranked South Africa by seven ratings points while Sri Lanka, the host of this year’s ICC World Twenty20, is placed third.