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Dravid, Kumble among top 10 in Test rankings

Published: Tuesday, May 15, 2007, 22:59 [IST]
 
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Dubai:Indian batting was a big let down in the latest LG ICC Test player rankings with only Rahul Dravid, eighth, managing to make the cut in top 20 of the batsmen's leaderboard.

Things were, however, better in the bowling department with fellow Bangalorean, Anil Kumble, occupying the third slot in the list while left-arm and left out Irfan Pathan (16th) also making it in the top 20. Interestingly, Pathan also finds his name in the all-rounders' list where he is at fifth spot.

In the team's rankings, India, thanks to a better show in the the longer version of the game of late, were fourth with 107 points, a point adrift of Pakistan.

India will have a real chance of equalling, if not surpassing, their western neighbours when they take on Bangladesh in a two-Test away series beginning from May 18 in Chittagong.

Bangladesh (2) are placed at the bottom in the rankings led by Australia (135).

Meanwhile, second-placed England look overwhelming favourites on paper when they take on eighth-placed West Indies in the four-Test series starting on Thursday at Lord's.

The batting table is topped by Australia's Ricky Ponting, closely followed by Mohammad Yousuf of Pakistan with Kevin Pietersen in third place.

Muttiah Muralitharan of Sri Lanka heads the bowling list ahead of South Africa's Makhaya Ntini and Kumble.

ICC Test Rankings:

Team: 1) Australia (135 pts), 2) England (114), 3) Pakistan (108), 4) India (107), 5) Sri Lanka (102), 6) South Africa (102), 7) New Zealand (93), 8) West Indies (72), 9) Zimbabwe (28) and 10) Bangladesh (2)

Batsmen: 1) Ricky Ponting (Aus, 936 pts), 2) Mohd Yousuf (Pak, 915), 3) Kevin Pietersen (Eng, 870), 4) K C Sangakkara (SL, 857), 5) Mike Hussey (Aus, 842), 6) Matthew Hayden (Aus, 828), 7) Jacques Kallis (SA, 820), 8) Rahul Dravid (Ind, 816), 9) Younis Khan (Pak, 789) and 10) Ashwell Prince (SA, 755)

Bowlers: 1) M Muralitharan (SL, 913), 2) Makhaya Ntini (SA, 856), 3) Anil Kumble (Ind, 731), 4) Shaun Pollock (SA, 730), 5) Mattw Hoggard (Eng, 725), 6) Shane Bond (NZ, 722), 7) Stuart Clark (Aus, 720), 8) Mohd Asif (Pak, 710), 9) Andrew Flintoff (Eng, 708) and 10) Shoaib Akhtar (Pak, 698)

All-rounders: 1) Jacques Kallis (SA, 462), 2) Andrew Flintoff (Eng, 416), 3) Shaun Pollock (SA, 356), 4) Daniel Vettori (NZ, 329) and 5) Irfan Pathan (Ind, 254).

UNI

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