India aims high in Reliance Mobile ICC Test Championship table

July 21st, 2008 - 6:33 pm ICT by ANI  

Harbhajan Singh

Dubai, July 21 (ANI): India will be looking to regain second place in the
Reliance Mobile ICC Test Championship when its goes head to head
with Sri Lanka in a three-Test series starting in Colombo from
Wednesday. India is currently ranked third behind Australia and South Africa while Sri
Lanka is another couple of places back, behind fourth-placed England,
an ICC statement released here today said. But that line-up could all change depending how the India Sri Lanka
and England South Africa series pan out. These are the potential scenarios: *To regain second place in the Reliance Mobile ICC Test Championship
table, India needs to sweep the series and hope South Africa wins its
series in England 2-1. That will leave India on 118 and South Africa on
116. *If India wins 2-1 and South Africa also wins by the same margin, Anil
Kumbles side will reduce the gap with the Proteas to just one ratings
point, 116 to 115. *A shared series in Sri Lanka while South Africa wins its series in
England 2-1 will mean India will have 112 ratings points, compared to
South Africas 116. It will also mean Sri Lanka swaps places with
Michael Vaughans side. *If Sri Lanka wins its series 2-0 and South Africa beats England 2-1, Sri
Lanka (110) will leapfrog both India (108) and England (104) into third
place. *Identical 3-0 wins for Sri Lanka and South Africa will leave India on 106
and England on 102 while Sri Lanka (112) will move to third and South
Africa (119) will be in second place. *If Sri Lanka beats India 2-1, it will rise to 108 ratings points while India
will drop to 109 points In the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen, Sri
Lankas Kumar Sangakkara is on top of the chart. He will be aiming to
return to the 900-point mark he first achieved last year against England in
Kandy. In ranking terms, 900 points marks out a player as truly great. Only 24
players have achieved that tally in the 131 years of Tests. Sangakkara is only just ahead of second-placed Shivnarine Chanderpaul
of the West Indies, which means a disappointing series could see him
lose the top position he has held since March this year. Mahela Jayawardena is the other batsman from either side to figure in
the top 10 list. He currently sits in ninth position with eighth-placed
Australias Matthew Hayden firmly in his sights. No India batsman figures in the top 10 list but there are five of them
inside the top 20 Sachin Tendulkar (13th), Rahul Dravid (15th),
Virender Sehwag (18th), Sourav Ganguly (19th) and VVS Laxman (20th). Sri Lankas iconic spinner Muttiah Muralidaran leads the Reliance Mobile
ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers. The 36-year-old from Kandy is
Test crickets highest wicket-taker with 735 victims and has been
occupying the top spot since February 2006. Chaminda Vaas, in seventh place, is the other Sri Lanka bowler in the
top 10 while India captain Anil Kumble is just behind Vaas, in eighth
position. Zaheer Khan (14th) and Harbhajan Singh (18th) have excellent
opportunities to make upward moves. Also eyeing improvements in their
currently positions are R.P Singh (40th), Munaf Patel (47th) and Ishant
Sharma (53rd). In the all-rounder listing, Jacques Kallis of South Africa remains top, clear
of Daniel Vettori of New Zealand, with Vaas in fifth spot and Kumble and
Sehwag in 10th and 11th positions respectively.
Rank Team Rating 1 Australia 138 2 South Africa 115 3 India 113 4 England 106 5 Sri Lanka 103 6 Pakistan 100 7 New Zealand 83 8 West Indies 81 9 Bangladesh 0 (ANI)

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