India stay No. 1 in Tests despite lost points

Published: Monday, July 11, 2011, 14:04 [IST]
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India stay No. 1 in Tests

Dubai, July 11: India hold onto their numero uno position in the latest ICC Test Rankings but lost two ratings points after drawing a couple of matches in their 1-0 series victory over a lower-ranked West Indies.

India continues to lead the table with 126 points while the seventh-placed West Indies (88) have collected two ratings points inspite of losing the three-match series which ended on Sunday.

Coming in at second place in the ICC Test rankings is South Africa that has secured 117 points. The Rainbow nation is immediately followed by England, which is at 116 points.

Studying the player's rankings, one straightaway notices that Indian off-break Harbhajan Singh has scaled one place to seventh. The tweaker ensnared 11 wickets in the series. Oddly enough, Bhajji replaces teammate and Man-of-the series Ishant Sharma, who finished the 3-match series with a series' haul of 22 wickets.

Meanwhile, Ishant's seamer partner Praveen Kumar broke into the top 50. The nifty medium-pace bowler from Uttar Pradesh returned four wickets in the final Test and is now ranked 42nd.

West Indies speedster Fidel Edwards achieved his career-best ranking of 16th, a gain of two places. He holds the position together with South Africa spinner Paul Harris.

The top three spots remained the same with Dale Steyn of South Africa still at the top ahead of England's Graeme Swann in second position and James Anderson in third.

Among the batsmen, West Indies' Shivnarine Chanderpaul climned to seventh following his match-saving 116 not out in the second innings at Roseau.

The top five remain unchanged with number one Jacques Kallis of South Africa still ahead of India's Sachin Tendulkar who recently slipped to second position.

There was no change in the top five of the player rankings for Test all-rounders with Kallis leading the way, followed by New Zealand's Daniel Vettori.

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