Dravid and Sehwag move up in Test rankings

Published: Thursday, June 15, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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St Lucia:Forced to settle for a draw in the second Test when a win against the West Indies seemed imminent, Rahul Dravid's men finally have some consolation in the latest LG ICC Test Rankings which saw the Team India skipper regaining the number two spot while his deputy Virender Sehwag moved up to 12th.

Dravid has moved back up to second place in the LG ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen after his 146 against the West Indies during the drawn second Test in St Lucia.

Dravid's 23rd Test hundred has lifted him above Inazamam-ul Haq of Pakistan and South Africa's Jacques Kallis and now only Ricky Ponting is ahead of him in the list.

Sehwag is also moving in the right direction in the LG ICC Player Rankings, up two places to 12th position after his blazing 180, which included 99 runs before lunch on the first day of the Test.

The injured Sachin Tendulkar -- joint 19th along with Sri Lanka's Mahela Jayawardene -- completes the trio of India batsmen in the top 20 and while V V S Laxman (29th) and Yuvraj Singh (58th) have both dropped in the rankings, there is good news for Mohammad Kaif.

The right-hander, whose unbeaten 148 at the Beausejour Stadium was his maiden Test hundred, has risen 19 places to 63rd in the list, and now has his best-ever haul of rating points.

The match has seen little movement among the top places in the LG ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers, although Anil Kumble, who overtook West Indies legend Courtney Walsh to become the fourth highest wicket-taker in Tests, has moved up the standings.

Kumble grabbed six wickets in St Lucia to climb one spot to seventh position while Irfan Pathan, recalled for the Test after missing the match in Antigua, remains in 12th place.

Brian Lara, whose 120 played a key role in ensuring the Test was drawn, remains the West Indies' highest-placed player in the LG ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen and the only one from that side in the top 20, unchanged in ninth spot. Below him, Shivnarine Chanderpaul (22nd) and Chris Gayle (23rd) have swapped places while Ramnaresh Sarwan's twin failures have seen him slip four spots to 34th position.

The West Indies is without a bowler in the top 20 with Corey Collymore dropping four places to 21st position after a wicketless Test in St Lucia.

The bowling table is headed by Sri Lankas Muttiah Muralitharan, ahead of Makhaya Ntini of South Africa and Australias Shane Warne.

Kallis is the leading all-rounder, clear of England's Andrew Flintoff, with Pathan in fifth position in that list. Gayle lies in seventh spot.

LG ICC Test Rankings:

Batsmen (Top 10): 1. Ricky Ponting, Aus (931) 2. Rahul Dravid, Ind (846) 3. Jacques Kallis, SA (832) 4. Inzamam-ul Haq, Pak (831) 5. Matthew Hayden, Aus (808) 6. Younis Khan, Pak (796) 7. Moh'd Yousuf, Pak and Mike Hussey, Aus (780) 9. Brian Lara, WI (775) 10. Kevin Pietersen, Eng (746)

Bowlers (Top 10): 1. Muttiah Muralitharan, SL (901) 2. Makhaya Ntini, SA (841) 3, Shane Warne, Aus (813) 4. Glenn McGrath, Aus (811), 5. Matthew Hoggard, Eng (780) 6. Andrew Flintoff, Eng (767) 7. Anil Kumble, Ind (754) 8. Shoaib Akhtar, Pak (751) 9. Shane Bond, NZ (720) 10. Chaminda Vaas, SL (700).

All-rounders (Top 5): 1. Jacques Kallis, SA (486) 2. Andrew Flintoff, Eng (463) 3. Shaun Pollock, SA (302) 4. Daniel Vettori, NZ (290) 5. Irfan Pathan, Ind (281).

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