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Sehwag retains No 1 spot in ICC rankings

Published: Saturday, July 24, 2010, 13:31 [IST]
 
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Sehwag retains top spot in Tests

With a century in the first Test against Sri Lanka, flamboyant Indian opener Virender Sehwag has managed to retain top spot in the latest ICC World Test batsmen ranking.

Sehwag, who scored 109 and 31 in the Test which India lost by 10 wickets, has opened up a 14-point gap over second-placed Kumar Sangakkara at 852 points.

The Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar has also moved one spot up to be seventh in the latest ICC rankings.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka's iconic off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, who spent a record 214 Tests and 1,711 days in the number-one spot, retired from Test cricket at the third spot in the bowling chart.

The 38-year-old, who finished with 800 wickets from 133 Tests, bowed out in third position behind Dale Steyn of South Africa and Pakistan's Mohammad Asif after climbing two spots in the latest rankings following figures of 5-63 and 3-128 which set-up a 10-wicket victory for Sri Lanka in the first Test of the three-match series in Galle.

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