Indo-Pak series holds much at stake

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> So, as India and Pakistan prepare to go head to head in Guwahati, there is plenty at stake in the LG ICC championship table for ODI teams as well.

Updated: November 06, 2007 13:58 IST
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So, as India and Pakistan prepare to go head to head in Guwahati, there is plenty at stake in the LG ICC championship table for ODI teams as well.

Currently both teams are on the same number of rating points with Pakistan one spot ahead in fourth place on decimal points.

But a heavy defeat for India could see it drop as low as seventh while Pakistan stand to go as low as eighth place.

On the other hand, winning the series could take above Pakistan to fourth place while victory for Pakistan could see it move above New Zealand and into third place.

Ironically, the highest ranked batsman from both teams is Mohammed Yousuf who comes in at eighth place. But he is the only Pakistani in the top-20 list for batsmen with three Indians in that same bracket.

In the ICC rankings for ODI bowlers, just one from either team in the top 20 - that's Shahid Afridi who is ranked in 15th place.

It is pretty much even Stevens for both teams after that with Mohammed Asif still in Pakistan with an elbow injury.

The LG ICC ODI Player Rankings make for fascinating reading ahead of this series.

In the batting list, Pakistan has the top-ranked player among the two sides in Mohammad Yousuf, the player of the series in the recent clash with South Africa.

However, he is Pakistan's only representative inside the top-20 while India has three players in the same elite group - Sachin Tendulkar in tenth position, followed by Yuvraj Singh in 17th spot and captain Dhoni one place further back.

In the bowling list, there is only one player from either side in the top-20. Pakistan's leg-spinning all-rounder Shahid Afridi, who occupies joint 15th slot alongside James Anderson of England.

Just outside the batting top-20 lies India's former captain Rahul Dravid in 23rd position, while for Pakistan, Malik in 25th spot, and Younus Khan down in 36th place, will be anxious for solid series to boost their rankings.

Zaheer Khan of India lies just beyond the top 20 bowling slots, in 25th position, while further down the list and capable of making rapid strides towards the elite group are Rao Iftikhar Anjum of Pakistan (29th) and the India duo of spinner Harbhajan Singh (30th) and left-armer Irfan Pathan (36th).

The recalled Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar lies in 41st position while much is expected to depend on Umar Gul (43rd) in the absence of the injured Mohammad Asif.

The top of the LG ICC player rankings for ODI batsmen is dominated by Australia with Ricky Ponting, Andrew Symonds and Matthew Hayden occupying the first three slots in the table.

The bowling list has a different look to it with Shaun Pollock of South Africa heading the ladder, clear of New Zealand's Shane Bond, Nathan Bracken of Australia, and the Sri Lanka duo of left-armer Chaminda Vaas and talismanic spinner Muttiah Muralidaran.

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