Gayle drops down in rankings

Chris Gayle has surprisingly dropped down the One-Day international rankings despite being in the best form of his career.

Although he led Jamaica to impressive victory in the KFC Cup against Trinidad and Tobago and beat defending champions Guyana in the semi-finals, Gayle has dropped a place in the latest ICC One-Day International batting rankings.

So too has West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul. The left-handed Chanderpaul has slipped two places in the rankings to No.12, while Gayle has slipped to No.9. His 71 against the West Indies Under-19s in the KFC tournament was one of the best in the region for years. Gayle’s shot selection was supreme. Jamaica were unbeaten in five matches.

Captain Ramnaresh Sarwan has remained at No.7 but no other West Indies batsman appears in the top 20. West Indies, however, have been inactive on the ODI scene since tackling England there over the summer.

The three top places in the standings have remained unchanged. Australian captain Ricky Ponting remains in the No.1 position, while compatriots Andrew Symonds and Matthew Hayden remain second and third respectively.

South African captain Graeme Smith has moved up two places to fourth after consistent scoring in the recent series against Pakistan.

He replaces England’s Kevin Pietersen who drops one place to fifth while Australian Mike Hussey has also dropped one to sixth.

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