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Sachin, Kallis tied at No. 1

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Published: Saturday, January 8, 2011, 11:45 [IST]
 
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Sachin, Kallis tied at No. 1

After briefly losing his numero uno status as Test batsman to Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara late last yeasr, Indian run-machine Sachin Tendulkar is back at the top of the chart. But the Little Master has company - South African allrounder Jacques Kallis is right up there with him.

It seems fitting that as India has drawn the Test series against the Proteas, their best respective batsmen of the three outings, are tied at the No. 1 spot. While Sachin upped his status by one rung with his 146 and 14 not out in the last encounter, Cape Town, Kallis' 161 and unbeatean 109 in the same macth, catapulted him four places for the joint 1st position.

Tendulkar and Kallis have garnered 883 ratings points each, just one point ahead of Sangakkara (882). It is the 10th time that Tendulkar has claimed the No. 1 ranking, which he first achieved in his 33rd Test in November 1994 against the West Indies in Mumbai.

Coming off a relatively poor tour of the Rainbow Nation where he averaged 24, Virender Sehwag slipped two places to be at sixth. Meanwhile VVS Laxman, who had a reasonably rewarding series, stayed put at ninth position. Gautam Gambhir broke into the top-20 after his gritty show in the Test series and is now placed at the 15th slot.

The only Indian among the top-10 bowlers is Harbhajan Singh who is eighth in a list topped by South Africa"s ace pacer Dale Steyn. Steyn consolidated his status as the world's No. 1 bowler by finishing with 21 wickets from the three Tests against India. Bhajji got the second highest haul in the series with 15 along with Steyn's new-ball partner Morne Morkel.

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