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India set to be second in ICC rankings

cricket Updated: Jan 20, 2008 19:02 IST
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The historic triumph against world champions Australia at Perth has assured India a rise to the second place in the ICC Test rankings regardless of how the fourth and final Test in Adelaide pans out for the resurgent visitors.

Apart from this, Anil Kumble's men have another reason to smile as all their top performers in the match have moved up in the individual rankings.

After shinning with both bat and ball, Irfan Pathan has has broken into the top 20 of Test bowlers chart released on Sunday.

The Baroda pacer, who scored 28 and 46 with the bat besides claiming 5-117 in Perth, climbed six places to 19th to join Kumble, who is unchanged at sixth, and an injured Zaheer Khan (13th) in the top 20.

If the final Test in Adelaide starting January 24 ends in a draw, India will move two rating points ahead of third-placed Sri Lanka.

And if Kumble's side manages to square the series, it will finish on 113 ratings points, four ahead of Mahela Jayawardena's team.

Even if Australia wins the match in Adelaide, India will sit above Sri Lanka when rating points are calculated beyond the decimal point.

Pathan will be hoping for another good show at Adelaide that will help him to overtake Pakistan pair of Mohammad Asif and Danish Kaneria as well as New Zealand's James Franklin.

Only 24 ratings points separate 16th-placed Asif from Pathan who is now just three short of 100 Test wickets.

He also re-established himself as one of the most promising all-rounders in the game by leapfrogging Australia's Brett Lee and West Indian duo of Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo to sixth spot in the Test all-rounders' list.

Among other Indians, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Sehwag and Mahendra Singh Dhoni have all made improvements in the batting charts.

Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman rose one position each to 13th, 15th and 17th respectively.

Sehwag, meanwhile, jumped three places to share the 32nd place with Pakistan's Kamran Akmal and England's Marcus Trescothick while Dhoni lifted one place to share 41st spot.

However, Wasim Jaffer is one of the two Indian batsmen to lose ground with the other being former captain Sourav Ganguly who dropped five places to fall out of the top-20 list and is now ranked 22nd, while Jaffer slid one place to 42nd spot in the batting chart which is still headed by Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara.

Among bowlers, Pathan's new-ball partner RP Singh climbed three places to 29th position while Ishant Sharma jumped 18 places to 69th place.

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