Laxman climbs six places in ICC rankings

March 31st, 2009 - 2:44 pm ICT by IANS  

Sachin Tendulkar Dubai, March 31 (IANS) India’s V.V.S Laxman climbed six places to 15th in the Reliance Mobile International Cricket Council’s (ICC) rankings for Test batsmen after his good show in the second cricket Test against New Zealand.
Laxman followed up his 76 in India’s 305 all out in the first innings with an unbeaten 124 to help his team salvage a draw in Napier Monday.

Laxman is placed one spot behind master batsman Sachin Tendulkar, who contributed 49 and 64.

Opener Gautam Gambhir is the highest-ranked Indian batsman in fifth place. His knock of 137 in the second innings has strengthened his current position and put him within striking distance of fourth-placed Mahela Jayawardena of Sri Lanka.

India’s stand-in captain Virender Sehwag has dropped two places to 17th after scores of 34 and 22.

There is good news for New Zealand as all its three centurions have made upward movement.

Man of the match Jesse Ryder, who scored a career-best 201, has vaulted 12 places to 30th position to become his country’s highest-ranked batsman. Ross Taylor has climbed eight places to 32nd spot after a fine 151 while Brendon McCullum has jumped three places to 34th position after his third Test century.

West Indian Shivnarine Chanderpaul is the top Test batsman followed by Pakistan captain

Younus Khan and Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara.

In the rankings for Test bowlers, India’s fast bowler Ishant Sharma has climbed three places to a career-best 17th spot.

Sri Lanka’s iconic spinner Muttiah Muralitharan is still the number one bowler with South Africa’s Dale Steyn in second spot and Mitchell Johnson of Australia third.

South Africa’s Jacques Kallis leads the rankings for Test all-rounders.

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