Kumble only Indian bowler in the top ten ICC rankings

February 20th, 2008 - 7:10 pm ICT by admin  

Dubai, Feb 20 (IANS) Anil Kumble is the lone Indian to make the cut among the 10 ten bowlers in the LG ICC Test Player rankings while no batsmen from the famed batting line could make it to top 10. The 37-year-old Indian Test captain is ranked sixth in the bowlers’ rankings while Indian spearhead Zaheer Khan is listed 13. Irfan Pathan is ranked 18.

Among the batsmen, while Sachin Tendulkar has been placed at number 12, Rahul Dravid is at 15.

Sri Lankan duo of Kumar Sangakkara and Muttiah Muralitharan top the LG ICC Test Player rankings. South Africa’s Jacques Kallis is placed second behind Sangakarra in the batsmen ranking while his teammate Dale Steyn is ranked second in the bowler’s rankings.

Although the 32-year-old South African is just 16 ratings points behind Sangakarra, he will have to score heavily in the two-Test series against Bangladesh starting Feb 22 if he is to reclaim the top slot.

In the bowler’s rankings, Steyn can displace Muralitharan from top spot for the first time in nearly two years but will have to collect a bagful of Bangladesh wickets in the Dhaka and Chittagong Tests.

On the other hand, if Steyn fails to repeat the form, which has seen him collect 83 wickets in his last 15 Tests, he could fall below Australia new ball pair of Stuart Clark and Brett Lee.

In the LG ICC Player Rankings for Test all-rounders, Kallis continues to lead the field by a comfortable margin and is the only player from either side in the top 10.


Rankings (as of Feb 20)


Rank Player Team Points
1.Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) 933 rating points
2 Jacques Kallis (South Africa) 917
3 Mike Hussey (Australia) 912
4 Ricky Ponting (Australia) 899
5 Mohd Yousuf (Pakistan) 880
6 Matthew Hayden (Australia) 860
7 Mahela Jayawardena (Sri Lanka) 835
8 Shivnarain Chanderpaul (West Indies) 816
9 Kevin Pietersen (England) 804
10 Yunus Khan (Pakistan) 799
12 Sachin.Tendulkar (India) 737
15 Rahul Dravid (India) 704
17 VVS Laxman (India) 679

Bowlers :

Rank Player Team Points

1 Muttiah Muralidaran (Sri Lankan) 907
2 Dale Steyn (South Africa) 832
3 Stuart Clark (Australia) 829
4 Brett Lee (Australia) 795
5 Makhaya Ntini (South Africa) 768
6 Anil Kumble (India) 738
7 Shane Bond (New Zealand) 709
8 Matthew Hoggard (England) 695
9 Shoaib Akhtar (Pakistan) 684
10 Chaminda Vaas (Sri Lanka) 666
13 Zaheer Khan (India) 638
18 Irfan Pathan (India) 608


Rank Player Team Points
1 Jacques Kallis (South Africa) 527
2 Andrew Flintoff (England) 340
3 Daniel Vettori (New Zealand) 337
4 Chaminda Vaas (Sri Lanka) 276
5 Irfan Pathan (India) 259/

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