Cheteshwar Pujara maintains sixth position in Test rankings
Cheteshwar Pujara continues to be the only Indian batsman in the top-20 list as he has managed to maintain his sixth spot, while off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is the highest-ranked bowler at number eight, in the latest ICC Test rankings issued in Dubai on Tuesday.cricket Updated: Aug 07, 2013 03:02 IST
Cheteshwar Pujara continues to be the only Indian batsman in the top-20 list as he has managed to maintain his sixth spot, while off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is the highest-ranked bowler at number eight, in the latest ICC Test rankings issued in Dubai on Tuesday.
With 777 points to his credit, right-handed batsman Pujara is the lone Indian to be figuring in the table, which is headed by South Africa's Hashim Amla (903 points).
Australia skipper Michael Clarke has jumped three spots at number two after scoring a splendid 187 in the first innings of the third Ashes Test against England that ended in a draw.
If Clarke manages to produce another strong performance in the fourth Test at Chester-le-Street, then he could not only move ahead of Amla, but may also improve his career-high rating of 900 points.
England's Ian Bell and Kevin Pietersen are the other batsmen inside the top 20 to make upward movements.
Batsmen outside the top 20 and improving their rankings are Steven Smith in 48th (up by 14 places) and Brad Haddin in 49th (up by two).
In the Test bowlers' rankings, Ashwin and left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha have remained at eight and 10th positions, respectively, while out-of-favour pacer Zaheer Khan could also retain his 17th spot in list.
Dale Steyn continues to rule the roost with teammate Vernon Philander in second place and Sri Lanka's Rangana Herath in third position.
England off-spinner Graeme Swann's match figures of six for 233 in the third Ashes Test has put him ahead of teammate James Anderson in sixth position. But Australia fast bowler Ryan Harris has turned out to the biggest mover in the latest rankings as he has jumped four places to achieve a career-best ranking of 11th.
In the all-rounders' list, Ashwin has held on to his third position. Jacques Kallis of South Africa tops the chart with Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan in second place.