Monday, October 24, 2011

Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan maintain ICC rankings

Posted by Admin On 11:08 AM


Sachin Tendulkar remains the highest placed Indian batsman at fifth place, while Zaheer Khan held on to his sixth spot in the bowling chart of the latest ICC Test rankings. Rahul Dravid, unchanged at 10th, was the only other Indian batman in the top-10.
Meanwhile, Kumar Sangakkara edge closer to regaining the number-one place in the Rankings for Test batsmen after hitting a match-saving double century against Pakistan in the first Test at Abu Dhabi which finished on Saturday.
Sangakkara, whose 211 also earned him the man of the match award, has gained 29 points for his excellent attempt and he is now just 31 points away from get back the number-one position which is currently held by South Africa's Jacques Kallis.
Sangakkara, who had surged to the top of the batting table in December 2007, had lost the coveted position earlier this year to Tendulkar and Kallis after the two batsmen hit sparkling centuries in the drawn Test in Cape Town.
The biggest mover in the batting table is Taufeeq Umar, the Pakistan opener, who has gained 17 places after his epic 236 which came off 496 balls. The 30-year-old from Lahore is now in 46th place.
Also heading in the right direction are Azhar Ali in 33rd (up by one place), Angelo Mathews in 37th (up by two places), Prasanna Jayawardena in 48th (up by two places), Mohammad Hafeez in 60th (up by six places) and Asad Shafiq in 90th (up by six places). Batsmen losing ground include Mahela Jayawardena, Younus Khan and Tillekeratne Dilshan, the ICC said in a statement.
In the Rankings for Test bowlers, Pakistan's left-arm fast bowler Junaid Khan has rocketed 62 places to 66th place after claiming his maiden five-wicket haul in Sri Lanka's first innings. Junaid return figures of five for 38 and ended the Test with match figures of 45.1-9-121-6.
Pakistan's Umar Gul, who bag four for 64 in Sri Lanka's second innings, has returned to the top 20. He is now in 20th place after ahead two places. The bowlers' list is headed by South Africa's Dale Steyn with England's pair of James Anderson and Graeme Swann in second and third respectively.

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