ICC rankings for Tests: India still on top, Harbhajan rises

first_imgThe ICC on Monday announced the players and team rankings for Tests. West Indies fast bowler Fidel Edwards has achieved his career-best ranking in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers following the drawn third and final Test against India at Dominica.  The 29-year-old from Barbados, who finished with match figures of 36.8-4-122-6, has gained two places to 16th position in the latest rankings, a position he holds jointly with South Africa spinner Paul Harris.  Edwards is not the only bowler to have made moves in the latest rankings, India’s Harbhajan Singh is up one place to seventh.The off-spinner had a successful match, claiming figures of 57-21-101-6 and in the process passed the 400-wicket mark. His ascension to seventh has seen team-mate and the man of the series, Ishant Sharma, drop one place to eighth in the rankings. Just outside of the top 20, West Indies captain Darren Sammy is up one place to 29th, meanwhile India’s Praveen Kumar has broken into the top 50 for the first time. The medium-pace bowler from Uttar Pradesh walked away with four wickets in the final Test and is now ranked 42nd.  The top three remain unchanged with Dale Steyn of South Africa still leading the way ahead of England’s Graeme Swann in second position and James Anderson in third.  There is positive news for West Indies centurion Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who has risen to seventh in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen following his match-saving 116 not out in the second innings at Roseau. The veteran Guyanese batsman, who won the ICC Cricketer of the Year at the LG ICC Awards in 2008, marked a welcome return to form as he foiled India’s attempts to win the series 2-0. Meanwhile, fellow centurion Kirk Edwards has entered the rankings in 60th place after the 26-year-old from Barbados joined an elite group of people who have scored Test centuries on debut.  The top five remain unchanged with Jacques Kallis of South Africa still leading the way ahead of India’s Sachin Tendulkar in second position. Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Tendulkar, who did not play in the West Indies series, have fallen back because a player loses one per cent of his ratings points for every Test he misses. There was no change in the top five of the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test all-rounders with Kallis leading the way, followed by New Zealand’s Daniel Vettori. Despite winning the series, number-one team India has lost two ratings points in the latest ratings points due to the fact that it drew two matches of the three-Test series against a side that was ranked 42 points and six places below it. The rankings are weighted so that the amount by which a team’s rating changes after a series depends on the corresponding rating of the opponent. Equally, despite losing the series, the West Indies has gained two ratings points. This is taking into consideration the relatively high rating of its opponent. Darren Sammy’s men remain in seventh position but are now just two ratings points behind Pakistan. However, there is set to be further change this week as the annual update takes place before the start of the England v India series.advertisementTeam rating1 India (126 points)2 South Africa (117)3 England (116)4 Sri Lanka (107)5 Australia (107)6 Pakistan (90)7 West Indies (88)8 New Zealand (78)9 Bangladesh (7)ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 11 July) Top 10 batsmen1 Jacques Kallis (SA)2 Sachin Tendulkar (Ind)3 K Sangakkara (SL)4 Jonathan Trott (Eng)5 Alastair Cook (Eng)6 VVS Laxman (Ind)7 S. Chanderpaul (WI)8 Virender Sehwag (Ind)9 T Samaraweera (SL)10 AB de Villiers (SA)Top 10 Test bowlers1 Dale Steyn (SA)2 Graeme Swann (Eng)3 James Anderson (Eng)4 Morne Morkel (SA)5 Mitchell Johnson (Aus)6 Zaheer Khan (Ind)7 Harbhajan Singh (Ind)8 Ishant Sharma (Ind)9 Shakib Al Hasan (Ban)10 Daniel Vettori (NZ)last_img