Gambhir static at 9th,still only Indian in top 10

Static at ninth spot,opener Gautam Gambhir remains the only Indian in the top 10 list of Test batsmen in the ICC rankings.

Written by Agencies | Dubai | Published:February 20, 2009 2:38 pm

Static at ninth spot,opener Gautam Gambhir remains the only Indian in the top 10 list of Test batsmen in the ICC rankings issued today.

Gambhir,who has been in fine form this season,was ninth with 772 rating points,while his opening partner Virender Sehwag was also static at the 11th spot.

Their India team-mates Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman lost two places each and share the 13th spot in the ICC batsmen’s list still headed by West Indian Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

In the bowlers’ chart headed by Sri Lankan Muttiah Murlitharan,Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh occupy the ninth spot with 686 rating points and is three rungs above his India team-mate Zaheer Khan who also remained unchanged at 12th with 631 rating points.

In the Test Championships,India are in third place on 118 rating points,behind South Africa (121) and Australia (126).

Meanwhile,Pakistan returns to the Test scene after a gap of 14 months and they have the chance to leapfrog Sri Lanka and England into fourth place if they win both the home Tests against Sri Lanka starting tomorrow.

A 2-0 win will lift Pakistan to 107 ratings points and will drop Mahela Jayawardene’s side to 104 points.

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