Yousuf overtakes Dravid in ICC Test Rankings

Published: Thursday, November 16, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Dubai:Rahul Dravid lost his second place to Pakistani run machine Mohammed Yousuf and the Men in Blue captain, only Indian in the Top-10 list of batsmen, slipped to the third place in the latest LG ICC Test Players' Rankings announced today.

In the bowling section, Anil Kumble hangs on to his sixth place to remain the lone Indian in the top 10 list of Test bowlers.

India is placed fourth in the Test Championship table.

Among others, Virender Sehwag, at 16th, is the only other Indian batsmen in top 20, while out-of-form Irfan Pathan is 14th in the bowlers' chart and fifth in the all-rounders table.

Meanwhile, Pakistan's Mohammed Yousuf has climbed to second place in the LG ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen after his memorable innings of 192 against the West Indies at Lahore this week.

Yousuf now has the highest number of ratings points of any Pakistani batsman in history, breaking the 900 barrier for the first time and surpassing Javed Miandads highest ranking of 885, achieved in February 1989.

He is only the 20th player in history to top 900 rating points, an indication not only of his quality but also of his current amazing run of form.

Yousuf is the leading run-scorer in the calendar year with 1315 runs from only nine matches. That haul includes six hundreds, one of them the 202 he made against England at Lords in July.

The elegant right-hander has overtaken Dravid in the LG ICC Player Rankings and only Australias Ricky Ponting is now above him.

Team-mate Younis Khan remains in fourth place in the listing.

Another big mover following the Lahore Test is Brian Lara, who scored 61 and 122, the first times he has passed 50 in a Test on Pakistan soil.

Those two contributions have lifted the West Indies captain up five places to number eight in LG ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen.

Yousufs rise is good news for Pakistan but not so good is the slide of captain Inzamam-ul-Haq. He dropped five places to 12th in the batting ladder after collecting a duck at the Gaddafi Stadium.

Seamer Umar Gul is the main mover in the LG ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers, with his match haul of 9-164 securing him an 11-place rise to 23rd position, his best-ever ranking. West Indies seamer Corey Collymore drops out of the top 10 Test bowlers following a barren Test in Lahore, slipping down one spot to 11th position.

That list is headed by Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan, clear of Makhaya Ntini of South Africa.

The LG ICC Player Rankings for Test all-rounders is topped by South Africa's Jacques Kallis ahead of Andrew Flintoff of England.

In the LG ICC Test Championship table, Pakistan is looking to consolidate its hold on third place and has already gone a long way to doing that after its win in Lahore.

But, despite that victory, it still needs to win the series convincingly because, as it is so far ahead of its opponents - 40 points - any victories it secures are worth fewer rating points than successes against the leading sides in the ladder.

A 2-0 series win for Inzamam's side will see it remain on 112 rating points, one point clear of fourth-placed India, while a clean sweep of the series will see Pakistan move to 113, six points behind England, which lies in second spot.

Australia currently heads the LG ICC Test Championship table, 11 points clear of its nearest rivals England while the West Indies team lies in eighth overall.

LG ICC Test Championship:

Teams: 1. Australia (130) 2. England (119) 3. Pakistan (112) 4. India (111) 5. Sri Lanka (103) 6. South Africa (94) 7. New Zealand (92) 8. West Indies (72) 9. Zimbabwe (28) 10. Bangladesh (2)

Batsmen (Top 10): 1. Ricky Ponting, Aus 2. Moh'd Yousuf, Pak 3. Rahul Dravid, Ind 4. Younis Khan, Pak 5. Jacques Kallis, SA 6. Matthew Hayden, Aus 7. Mike Hussey, Aus 8. Brian Lara, WI 9. Kumar Sangakkara, SL 10. Mahela Jayawardene, SL and Kevin Pietersen, Eng.

Bowlers (Top 10): 1. Muttiah Muralitharan, SL 2. Makhaya Ntini, SA 3. Shane Warne, Aus 4. Glenn McGrath, Aus 5. Andrew Flintoff, Eng (737) 6. Anil Kumble, Ind 7. Matthew Hoggard, Eng 8. Shane Bond, NZ 9. Shoaib Akhtar, Pak

All-rounders (Top 5): 1. Jacques Kallis, SA 2. Andrew Flintoff, Eng (427) 3. Shaun Pollock, SA 4. Daniel Vettori, NZ 5. Irfan Pathan, Ind


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