Cheteshwar Pujara rises to 10th in Test rankings

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Published: Thursday, March 14, 2013, 9:56 [IST]
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Pujara rises to 10th in Test rankings

Dubai, Mar 14: India's Cheteshwar Pujara gained one place to be at 10th in the latest ICC Test Players Rankings issued on Wednesday (March 13).

This is Pujara's career best ranking while the next highest ranked Indian batsman is Sachin Tendulkar at 18th.

R Ashwin is India's top bowler in the ICC Test rankings at 8th. Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha, who did not play the first two Tests against Australia, is at 9th.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh's first double centurion in Test cricket, captain Mushfiqur Rahim, leads the charge in the latest rankings.

Rahim has jumped five places to 36th position in the batting list after slamming 200 in Bangladesh's first draw against Sri Lanka in Test cricket, at Galle.

Of the other Bangladesh centurions in the Galle Test, Nasir Hossain has jumped nine places to 44th, while Mohammad Ashraful has re-entered the rankings in 63rd position.

Other centurions in the Galle Test, Tillakaratne Dilshan in 28th (up by one), Dinesh Chandimal in 40th (up by seven) and Lahiru Thirimanne in 76th (up by 11) have also gained in the latest rankings.

Kumar Sangakkara, who slammed a century in each innings (142 and 105), has stayed in fifth position but has narrowed the gap with Shivnarine Chanderpaul of the West Indies and South Africa's AB de Villiers who are jointly occupying third position.

The latest rankings also include changes post the Dunedin Test between New Zealand and England.

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has jumped four places to 26th, home side's debutant centurion Hamish Rutherford has entered in 58th position, while England's Nick Compton has risen 13 places to 70th thanks to his maiden century.

The batting table is still headed by South Africa's Hashim Amla with Australia captain Michael Clarke in second place.

In the ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers, New Zealand's Neil Wagner, with a match haul of seven for 183, has jumped 30 places to 69th in what was the most impressive movement in the table.

The bowlers' table is still headed by South Africa's Dale Steyn with his teammate Vernon Philander in second place and Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal in third place.


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