Gambhir regain his first spot in ICC Rankings

Published: Sunday, November 29, 2009, 18:17 [IST]
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Gambhir regain his berth in ICC Rankings

Dubai: Indian opener Gautam Gambhir regained the number one spot but veterans Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman lost ground in the latest ICC Test rankings.

Gautam Gambhir's century in the Kanpur Test against Sri Lanka elevated him to the top spot in International Cricket Council's (ICC) Test rankings.

Gambhir's eighth Test century, fourth in successive matches, helped India record an innings and 144 runs victory in the second Test and go 1-0 up in the three-match series.

The opener, who won the ICC Test Player of Year award in October, scored 167 and featured in a 233-run first wicket stand with Virender Sehwag who has climbed four places to be at 19th place.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India has done well to allow Gautam Gambhir miss the third Test against Sri Lanka in Mumbai as he will be busy attending his sister's wedding. In the good old days, such a thing may have been unthinkable as the player would have been scared how the request would be handled by the officialdom.

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Rahul Dravid, who struck his career's 28th century in Kanpur, jumped three places to 18th.

West Indian Shivnarine Chanderpaul's failure in the Brisbane Test has dropped him four places to eighth. In the bowlers' charts, Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan has dropped to third position.

The biggest mover in the latest player rankings which were released on Saturday is Ross Taylor of New Zealand.

The 25-year-old from Wellington scored 94 and 59 in the Black Caps" 32 runs victory over Pakistan in the Dunedin Test and has been rewarded with a jump of seven places. Taylor now sits in a career-best 17th position.

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