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Tendulkar moves five places up in Test rankings as he ends career

PTI  Dubai, November 17, 2013
First Published: 15:49 IST(17/11/2013) | Last Updated: 10:10 IST(18/11/2013)

Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar ended his 200-Test career at the 18th position in the ICC player rankings for Test, jumping five places up in the latest rankings released on Sunday.

Tendulkar had entered the series in 24th position - his lowest since 1992. He scored 74 runs in his final innings in the Mumbai Test against the West Indies.

Cheteshwar Pujara is the highest-placed Indian in the batting chart. Pujara has moved up two places to a career-best sixth with a best-ever 801 ratings points, following his knock of 113 in the Mumbai Test.

Other batsmen to move up are Virat Kohli in 21st (up by four), Murali Vijay in 42nd (up by two), Kieran Powell in 53rd (up by four) and Rohit Sharma in 58th (up by five).

The batting chart continues to be headed by AB de Villiers of South Africa, with teammate Hashim Amla in second place and West Indies' Shivnarine
Chanderpaul in third place.

Among bowlers, India's spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha has moved upward in the top 10.

While Ashwin has moved up a place to a career-best fifth with a best-ever 808 ratings points, Ojha has returned to the top 10 of the bowlers' table with a jump of four places to ninth.

Ashwin picked up three for 45 and four for 89 in the two innings of the Mumbai Test, while Ojha ended with his first 10-wicket haul in Tests (10 for 89) to be named man-of-the-match.

West Indies spinner Shane Shillingford, who has moved up a place to 16th, is the only other positive change in the top 20.

South Africa's Dale Steyn continues to head the bowlers' table with teammate Vernon Philander in second position and Sri Lanka's Rangana Herath in third.


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