Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara has displaced Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar at the top of the ICC Batting Test Rankings, to reclaim the coveted spot. Tendulkar's short-lived reign at the top of the table comes to an end after he claimed Numero Uno status following a successful series against Australia in October.
Sangakarra who bats at No. 3, has had a successful couple of outings in the first two Tests against the touring West Indies thus far, including notching up 150 runs in the first innings of the second test. Meanwhile Sachin's performance in the recently-concluded Tests against New Zealand has been far more modest with him just managing one fifty in three matches.
Having scored an impressive 228 runs thus far in the Windies Tests, Sangakkara moves to 882 ratings points, 23 ahead of Tendulkar. Virender Sehwag comes in at No. 3 in the ratings, nine points behind Tendulkar, while South African mainstay Jacques Kallis is next after having notched up 806 points, courtesy a couple of centuries in the UAE Test series against Pakistan in November.
Kallis' compatriot and team-mate AB de Villiers along with England's one-down bat Jonathan Trott have broken into the top ten after good showings against Pakistan and Australia, respectively. De Villiers scored 278 not out in Abu Dhabi, incidentally the highest Test score by a South African batsman. The feat has catapulted him to the fifth place in the Test rankings. Meanwhile, Trott who scored an unbeaten century in a high-scoring, tightly-fought draw at the Gabba in Brisbane in the first Ashes test, finds himself at No. 8.
In the bowling category of the Test rankings, Indian speedster Zaheer Khan has moved up to the third spot, his highest position in his career so far. South African pace bowler Dale Steyn and English off-spinner Graeme Swann stayed at No. 1 and 2 respectively. Peter Siddle, who picked up six scalps in England's first innings at the Gabba, rose to the 14th spot, while England seamer Steven Finn finds himself at 19 as a result of his six-for in the same match.