Despite win, India drops to 4th in Test rankings

Published: Tuesday, July 4, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Dubai:India may have broken a 35-year-old Caribbean jinx with a 1-0 win in the series against the West Indies but that could not prevent Rahul Dravid's side from dropping a place to the fourth spot in the latest LG ICC Test Championship table.

Personally, however, Dravid -- adjudged Man of the Series -- closes in on best-ever rating, while seamer S Sreesanth broke into top 50 for first time.

Despite their 1-0 win in the four-match Test series, India has lost two rating points and a place in that table and now sits in fourth spot, below Pakistan, after the side failed to live up to its pre-series ranking.

It began the tour at a massive 39 rating points and five places ahead of the West Indies and when one team is rated that far above another it should expect to win by a bigger margin than 1-0 in order to justify its place.

India's failure to do that has cost it rating points, dropping it to 109 -- the same tally as Pakistan -- and that was enough to see it slip below Inzamam-ul Haqs side when the table was recalculated to three decimal places.

India is now three points behind second-placed England and 22 points behind leaders Australia.

The West Indies remain in eighth position but it is better than expected performance in rating terms has seen it gain two points.

Brian Laras side now has 74 points, 23 adrift of Sri Lanka and New Zealand in sixth and seventh places respectively.

Dravid was outstanding in the decisive Test of the series in Jamaica and he remains in second place in the LG ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen.

Dravid is now just 10 rating points short of his best-ever mark and only one player, Australias Ricky Ponting, lies ahead of him in the list.

Dravid is one of two Indian batsmen in the top 20, along with Virender Sehwag, who lies 16th.

Further down the list the absent Sachin Tendulkar, recovering from shoulder surgery, is in joint 21st place along with the West Indies Shivnarine Chanderpaul, while V V S Laxman is joint 28th alongside another West Indies batsman, Ramnaresh Sarwan, and Wasim Jaffer is 65th.

Lara is in 10th spot, his lowest Test ranking for five years, after a modest series which saw him average 26.37. He is the only West Indies batsman in the top 20 with Chanderpaul slipping four spots while Chris Gayle is 24th.

The West Indies can take some consolation in the upward movement of Daren Ganga (57th) and Denesh Ramdin (73rd). Each side has one player in the top 10 of the LG ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers with Indias Anil Kumble a non-mover in eighth spot while Corey Collymore ventures into the top 10 for the first time, finding himself up seven places to 10th in the list.

Irfan Pathan, who played just one Test in the series for India, is 15th while Harbhajan Singh, who captured five-wicket hauls in each of the last two Tests, is up two places to joint 22nd, alongside New Zealands Chris Martin.

Munaf Patel is in 43rd place, Sreesanth has risen 14 places to 46th, his first time in the top 50, and Jerome Taylor, who impressed for the home side, has climbed 30 places to joint 61st, and now sits next to South Africas Andrew Hall.

The bowling list is headed by Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, clear of fast bowler Makhaya Ntini of South Africa.

With a player losing one per cent of his rating for every Test he misses, Pathan has dropped down one place in the LG ICC Player Rankings for Test all-rounders and now lies sixth.

That list is headed by South Africas Jacques Kallis and Andrew Flintoff of England.

LG ICC Test Championship: 1. Australia (131) 2. England (112) 3. Pakistan (109) 4. India (109) 5. South Africa (101) 6. Sri Lanka (97) 7. New Zealand (97) 8. West Indies (74) 9. Zimbabwe (27) 10. Bangladesh (3)

Top-10 Batsmen: 1. Ricky Ponting, Australia (931) 2. Rahul Dravid, India (882) 3. Jacques Kallis, South Africa (832) 4. Inzamam-ul Haq, Pakistan (831) 5. Matthew Hayden, Australia (808) 6. Younis Khan, Pakistan (796) 7. Mohammad Yousuf, Pakistan and Mike Hussey, Australia (780) 9. Kevin Pietersen, England (746) 10. Brian Lara, West Indies (732)

Top-10 Bowlers: 1. Muttiah Muralitharan, Sri Lanka (901) 2. Makhaya Ntini, South Africa (841) 3. Shane Warne, Australia (813) 4. Glenn McGrath, Australia (811) 5. Matthew Hoggard, England (780) 6. Andrew Flintoff, England (767) 7. Shoaib Akhtar, Pakistan (751) 8. Anil Kumble, India (736) 9. Shane Bond, New Zealand (720) 10. Chaminda Vaas, Sri Lanka and Corey Collymore. West Indies (700)

Top-5 All-rounders: 1. Jacques Kallis, South Africa (486) 2. Andrew Flintoff, England (463) 3. Shaun Pollock, South Africa (302) 4. Daniel Vettori, New Zealand (290) 5. Chaminda Vaas, Sri Lanka (271)

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