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Sehwag is back in top-five

Published: Thursday, December 10, 2009, 11:41 [IST]
 
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Sehwag is back in top-five

Dubai: Sehwag's spectacular double century against Sri Lanka in Mumbai Test has elevated him to the top five of of the ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen. His brilliant knock of 293 has catapulted him 14 places to the fifth position which he shares with Pakistan captain Mohammed Yousuf.

Sehwags brilliant innings, also helped India to win the Test by an innings and 24 runs. The victory lifted India to the number-one position in the ICC Test championship for the first time.

Sehwag's Delhi teammate Gautam Gambhir leads the batting table with Sri Lanka duo of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara second and third.

It is the first time since October 2006 that Sehwag has returned to the top five.

From the Mumbai Test alone, the 31-year-old Delhi marauder has gained 91 points which makes him one of the six batsmen above the 800-point mark.

It has been an outstanding and memorable series for Sehwag who not only scored 491 runs in four innings but also gained 16 places in the batting table after starting the series in 21st position.

Also moving in the right direction are the India pair of Rahul Dravid (16th) -- up by two places -- and VVS Laxman (19th), who improved his position by a rung.

Australia vice-captain Michael Clarke, who scored 71 and 61 not out, has also climbed one position to fourth spot but captain Ricky Ponting has dropped out of the top 10 for the first time since October 2002.

India maestro Sachin Tendulkar has also conceded two spots and now sits in 18th position after scoring 53 in his only outing on his home ground.

Rankings

Batsmen

1. G. Gambhir; 2. M. Jayawardene; 3. K. Sangakkara; 4. M. Clarke; 5= V. Sehwag, M. Yousuf; 7. Y. Khan; 8. G. Smith; 9. R. Taylor; 10. S. Chanderpaul.

Bowlers

1. D. Steyn; 2. M. Johnson; 3. M. Muralidharan; 4. M. Asif; 5. M. Ntini; 6. H. Singh; 7. S. Clark; 8. S. Bond; 9. P. Harris; 10. Z. Khan.

All-rounders

1. J. Kallis ; 2. D. Vettori; 3. M. Johnson; 4. S. Hasan; 5. S. Broad.

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