Gambhir breaks into Top Ten in rankings

Published: Thursday, December 25, 2008, 11:25 [IST]
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Gambhir breaks into top 10

Dubai: Gautam Gambhir ended what had been an outstanding year for him with an average of 90.25 to pip the likes of Yuvraj Singh and Sachin Tendulkar in India's Test series triumph over England.

Indian opener from New Delhi made 179 and 97 and has jumped 10 places in the rankings to become the highest-ranked Indian batsman, in 10th place.

Gambhir was in 37th place in October but had rocketed 27 places after scoring 824 runs in five Tests at an average of 82.4.

While Gambhir has made movement in the right direction, his team-mates Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman have slipped in the latest rankings.

Outside the top 20, Rahul Dravid has climbed two places to 28th while Yuvraj Singh has jumped 10 places to 46th.

India's player of the series against England, Zaheer Khan, has gained two places in the rankings to 12th position while his team-mate Harbhajan Singh has gone up two places to eighth.

England captain Kevin Pietersen has returned to the top five for the first time in 14 months and now sits in fifth place after jumping three places due to a magnificent innings of 144.

England's Andrew Flintoff has jumped two places to 14th spot while off-spinner Graeme Swann has rocketed 14 places to 60th position but left-arm spinner Monty Panesar and fast bowler James Anderson have slipped two and four places respectively.

Meanwhile, Shivnarine Chanderpaul of the West Indies has strengthened his hold on the top of the rankings by becoming only the 25th batsman in the history of Test cricket and the sixth West Indian to reach the magic 900-point mark.

There was no good news for Australia whose captain Ricky Ponting has dropped three places to ninth, his lowest ranking since October 2002.

Mike Hussey has slipped two places to sixth, Michael Clarke has dropped one place to 12th and Matthew Hayden has slipped three places to 16th.

The bowlers' list is still headed by Sri Lanka's iconic spinner Muttiah Muralitharan.


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