India move to second spot, curtsey Perth

Published: Monday, January 21, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Bangalore: The historic triumph against world champions Australia at Perth has assured India a rise to the second place in the ICC Test rankings regardless of how the fourth and final Test in Adelaide pans out for the resurgent visitors.

Apart from this, Anil Kumble's men have another reason to smile as all their top performers in the match have moved up in the individual rankings.

After shinning with both bat and ball, Irfan Pathan has has broken into the top 20 of Test bowlers chart released today.

The Baroda pacer, who scored 28 and 46 with the bat besides claiming 5-117 in Perth, climbed six places to 19th to join Kumble, who is unchanged at sixth, and an injured Zaheer Khan (13th) in the top 20.

If the final Test in Adelaide starting January 24 ends in a draw, India will move two rating points ahead of third-placed Sri Lanka.

And if Kumble's side manages to square the series, it will finish on 113 ratings points, four ahead of Mahela Jayawardena's team.

Even if Australia wins the match in Adelaide, India will sit above Sri Lanka when ratings points are calculated beyond the decimal point.

Pathan will be hoping for another good show at Adelaide that will help him to overtake Pakistan pair of Mohammad Asif and Danish Kaneria as well as New Zealand's James Franklin.

Only 24 ratings points separate 16th-placed Asif from Pathan who is now just three short of 100 Test wickets.


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