Tendulkar climbs to third place

Sachin Tendulkar has jumped three places to third in the International Cricket Council ODI batsmen rankings after his record-breaking double century against South Africa in the second ODI at Gwalior on Wednesday
Tendulkar (766 points), who returned undefeated on 200 in his 442nd appearance, now trails second-placed Mike Hussey (809) of Australia by 43 points with India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (827) strengthening his position at the top of the rankings after his 35-ball 68 not out in the second one-dayer on Wednesday.
It is Tendulkar’s highest ranking in two years after he had reached second place following an unbeaten 117 against Australia in Sydney. While Tendulkar has vaulted to third, fellow opener Virender Sehwag has dropped one place to 10th position.
After missing a few matches, Yuvraj Singh and Gautam Gambhir also slipped one and two places respectively to be 13th and 21st.
A player loses one per cent of his ratings points for every match missed. In the bowlers’ list headed by New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori, Harbhajan Singh is the only Indian at top 20 and the off-spinner retained his fifth place.
In the ODI team rankings, India have all but cemented second position after taking an unassailable 2-0 lead against South Africa. They are now on 123 ratings points while South Africa have slipped to 115 ratings points.
The only way India can finish third at the annual cut-off date of 1 April is if they lose Saturday’s match at Ahmedabad and New Zealand make a clean sweep of the five-ODI series against Australia starting in Napier on March 3.


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