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India slip despite series win in WI

india Updated: Jul 04, 2006 23:34 IST
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India may have won its first series in the Caribbean after 35 years but the 1-0 victory could not stop Rahul Dravid's side slipping down the LG ICC Test Championship table.

India have lost two rating points and now sit in the fourth spot below Pakistan. The reason for the demotion: the side failed to live up to its pre-series ranking, an ICC release said.

It began the tour with a massive 39 rating points and was five places ahead of the West Indies. When a team is rated that far above another, it should expect to win by a bigger margin than its 1-0 series triumph in order to justify its place.

India's failure to do that has cost it rating points, dropping it to 109 - the same as Pakistan - and that was enough to see it slip below Inzamam-ul-Haq's side when the table was recalculated to three decimal places.

India are now three points behind second-placed England and 22 points behind leaders Australia.

The West Indies remain in eighth position but it is better than expected performance in rating terms as the team gained two points. Brian Lara's side now has 74 points, 23 adrift of Sri Lanka and New Zealand in sixth and seventh places respectively.

India's captain Rahul Dravid was outstanding in the decisive Test of the series in Jamaica and he remains in second place in the LG ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen.

Dravid is now just 10 rating points short of his best-ever mark and only one player - Australia's Ricky Ponting - lies ahead of him in the list.

Dravid is one of two Indian batsmen in the top 20 along with Virender Sehwag, who lies 16th.

Further down the list, the absent Sachin Tendulkar, recovering from shoulder surgery, is in joint 21st place along with the West Indies' Shivnarine Chanderpaul, while VVS Laxman is joint 28th alongside another West Indies batsman, Ramnaresh Sarwan, and Wasim Jaffer is 65th.

Lara is in 10th spot, his lowest Test ranking for five years, after a modest series, which saw him average 26.37. He is the only West Indies batsman in the top 20 with Chanderpaul slipping four spots while Chris Gayle is 24th.

The West Indies can take some consolation in the upward movement of Daren Ganga (57th, up 11) and Denesh Ramdin (73rd, up 14).

Each side has one player in the top 10 of the LG ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers with India's Anil Kumble a non-mover in eighth spot while Corey Collymore ventures into the top 10 for the first time, finding himself up seven places to 10th in the list.

Irfan Pathan, who played just one Test in the series for India, is 15th while Harbhajan Singh, who captured five-wicket hauls in each of the last two Tests, is up two places to joint 22nd, alongside New Zealand's Chris Martin.

Munaf Patel is in 43rd place, Sreesanth has risen 14 places to 46th, his first time in the top 50, and Jerome Taylor, who impressed for the home side, has climbed 30 places to joint 61st, and now sits next to South Africa's Andrew Hall.

Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralidaran heads the bowling list, clear of fast bowler Makhaya Ntini of South Africa.

With a player losing one per cent of his rating for every Test he misses, Pathan has dropped down one place in the LG ICC Player Rankings for Test all-rounders and now lies sixth.

South Africa's Jacques Kallis and Andrew Flintoff of England head that list.

LG ICC Test Championship (after the West Indies - India Test series)

Rank/Team/Rating

1. Australia - 131

2. England - 112

3. Pakistan - 109

4. India - 109

5. South Africa - 101

6. Sri Lanka - 97

7. New Zealand - 97

8. West Indies - 74

9. Zimbabwe - 27

10. Bangladesh 3.

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