Gambhir jumps to 10th spot in ICC rankings

December 24th, 2008 - 8:47 pm ICT by IANS  

Sachin TendulkarDubai, Dec 24 (IANS) Opening batsman Gautam Gambhir jumped 10 places to the 10th spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test rankings to become the highest ranked Indian. Gambhir reached his career-high rankings after a stellar performance against England in Mohali. The 27-year-old was also adjudged the Man of the Match after his 179 and 97 in both the innings.

While Gambhir moved up, his team-mates Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar and V.V.S. Laxman have slipped in the latest rankings.

England captain Kevin Pietersen has returned to the top five for the first time in 14 months and now sits in fifth place after jumping three places due to a magnificent innings of 144.

Meanwhile, Shivnarine Chanderpaul of the West Indies has strengthened his hold on the top of the rankings by becoming only the 25th batsman in the history of Test cricket and the sixth West Indian to reach the magic 900-point mark.

The 34-year-old from Guyana, who won the ICC Cricketer of the Year 2008 award in Dubai, reached the milestone while making 126 not out in the first innings against New Zealand in the Napier Test which ended in a draw Tuesday.

Chanderpaul has been joined in the top 20 by his captain Chris Gayle who has climbed seven places to 20th after an impressive 197 in the second innings at Napier. It is the best ranking of his career to date.

There was no good news for Australia as captain Ricky Ponting dropped three places to ninth in the batting- his lowest ranking since October 2002. Mike Hussey has slipped two places to sixth, Michael Clarke has dropped one place to 12th and Matthew Hayden has slipped three places to 16th.

In the Test bowlers’ list, Australia’s Mitchell Johnson has broken into the top five for the first time after his man-of-the-match performance in the Perth Test against South Africa. But his team-mate Brett Lee has dropped two places to seventh spot.

Rankings:

Batsmen:

1. Shivnarine Chanderpaul (West Indies) 900 rating points
2. Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) 886
3. Mohammed Yousuf (Pakistan) 880
4. Mahela Jayawardena (Sri Lanka) 837
5. Kevin Pietersen (England) 832
6. Mike Hussey (Australia) 803
7. Younis Khan (Pakistan) 799
8. Graeme Smith (South Africa) 797
9. Ricky Ponting (Australia) 778
10. Gautam Gambhir (India) 771

Bowlers:

1. Muttiah Muralidaran (Sri Lanka) 895
2. Dale Steyn (South Africa) 807
3. Makhaya Ntini (South Africa) 805
4. Stuart Clark (Australia) 798
5. Mitchell Johnson (Australia) 779
6. Ryan Sidebottom (England) 723
7. Brett Lee (Australia) 717
8. Harbhajan Singh (India) 686
9. Chaminda Vaas (Sri Lanka) and Shoaib Akhtar (Pakistan) 684

All-rounders:

1. Jacques Kallis (South Africa) 458
2. Daniel Vettori (New Zealand) 347
3. Andrew Flintoff (England) 305
4. Dwayne Bravo (West Indies) 283
5. Chaminda Vaas (Sri Lanka) 281

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