The stepping stones of Indian batting line up, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman have moved up in the latest ICC Test Ranking table after their good performances in the recently concluded first Test between India and Australia.
Tendulkar moved up one place to the third spot courtesy good contributions of 98 and 38 in both the innings while Laxman has achieved a career best at eighth rank in the charts after his match winning knock of 73* in the second innings of the Mohali test.
Tendulkar trails teammate Sehwag by just 13 points in the ranking table and and if he continues to perform in the same manner then the second spot does not seem too far off from his grasp.
Rahul Dravid also has moved up the ranking table to claim the 22nd spot. However, Gautam Gambhir and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni have slipped to 16th and 37th positions after having failed to make a mark in the Mohali Test.
Australian all rounder Shane Watson with his solid performances of 126 and 56 in respective innings have jumped nine positions to capture a career best of 30th rank. While, his other team mates Michael Clarke, Simon Katich, Ricky Ponting, Michael Hussey and Marcus North have all slipped in the latest rankings.
Clarke after slipping down five places now shares the eighth spot along with Laxman, Katich has slipped to the 12th spot, Ponting to 19th spot while Hussey and Ramnaresh Sarwan(WI) are now jointly sharing the 28th spot and North is at the 52nd spot.
The recent rankings also saw some improved rankings for fast bowler Zaheer Khan of India and the Australian Pace twins Doug Bollinger and Ben Hilfenhaus who have achieved career best rankings.
Zaheer has now moved to the fifth rank courtesy his eight wicket haul in the Mohali test while Bollinger moved up to the eight spot.Ben Hilfenhaus also makes it into the top 20's for the very first time in his career.Mitchell Jonshon has also moved up to the fourth spot in the ranking table.