Tendulkar slips out of ICC top 20
The maestro has fallen off the Test list for the first time in 14 yrs owing to his injuries and a prolonged form slump.india Updated: Jun 28, 2006 19:55 IST
The full impact of Sachin Tendulkar's injuries and a prolonged form slump was known on Wednesday with the batting star slipping out of the top 20 in Test batsmen's rankings for the first time in 14 years.
Tendulkar has managed to remain among the top 20 batsmen since 1992 and the fall in his rankings had as much to do with his missing the tour of West Indies due to a shoulder surgery as his poor run in the past few months.
While missing the series in Caribbean counts against Tendulkar, his Test match form in the last couple of years has been well below his career peak, his world record 35th Test ton against Sri Lanka late last year notwithstanding.
The Mumbai batsman averages just 28 in his last 10 Tests compared with an overall average of 55.39.
And while Tendulkar's mark of 650 rating points may have been enough to put him in the top 20 in times gone by, it is not enough now with other batsmen in world cricket scoring heavily.
The good news for Tendulkar is that he appears to be regaining fitness after surgery with two effortless centuries for English club Lashings.
India still have two players in that elite group, captain Rahul Dravid, who remains in second place behind leader Ricky Ponting, and Virender Sehwag, down one place to 13th in the latest LG ICC rankings released.
Further down the batting rankings, VVS Laxman has moved up two places after scores of 100 and 63 in the drawn third Test in St Kitts and he now lies in 27th position.