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India slips to 3rd spot in ICC rankings

The 1-0 loss against Pakistan has cut the side's rating from 115 points to 111, dropping them below England.

india Updated: Feb 03, 2006 12:01 IST

India's Test series defeat at the hands of Pakistan has cost them more than just local bragging rights as the side dropped one rung to the third spot in the latest LG ICC Test Championship table.

Personally. Skipper Rahul Dravid has also slipped to sixth place, losing his fourth spot, to drop out of the top five Test batsmen's list.

The 1-0 loss, confirmed by the side's defeat in Karachi, has cut India's rating from 115 points to 111 and so dropped them into third place below England, who have 113 points.

India's only consolation is that they will not have long to wait for their opportunity to regain second place. They will go head-to-head with England in March and that spot will be up for grabs to add spice to what is already a much-anticipated series.

Rahul Dravid's twin failures in Karachi have cost him a place in the top five batsmen in the LG ICC Player Rankings. He is now in sixth place and although he remains India's top-ranked batsman, his rating and ranking is now at its lowest for two years.

Dravid is not alone among India's batsmen in slipping down the rankings in the wake of the Karachi Test. Virender Sehwag is down two places to ninth, Sachin Tendulkar slips one spot to 12th and VVS Laxman is down two positions to 23rd.

Sourav Ganguly holds firm in 40th position after two battling innings in the third Test but he is still a long way short of his highest haul of rating points.

India's one ray of light in the batting listings is Yuvraj Singh, who made his second Test hundred in Karachi. He moved up 23 places thanks to his efforts in the Test and is now joint 44th - along with Pakistan opener Salman Butt - his first time in the top 50.

Michael Vaughan's side are once again the closest rivals to table-topping Australia who are way ahead of the field with 129 rating points.

India had held the second spot for just over a month, having assumed that position in late December thanks to a 2-0 series win against Sri Lanka, coupled with England's 2-0 loss in Pakistan.

But Pakistan have reason to smile. The series win not only makes amends for their 2-1 home defeat at the hands of their local rivals two years ago but also boosts their rating in the championship table.

Although they have not moved up that table and remain in fourth position, Pakistan have still gained five rating points because of the victory and now stand on 108 points, just three behind India.

It means they, too, are now very much in the equation when it comes to the battle for second place. Their upcoming series in Sri Lanka, set to start in late March, will be a further opportunity to boost their rating.

Pakistan retain three batsmen in the top 10 places of the Player Rankings with Inzamam-ul-Haq, who missed the third Test with a back injury, holding firm in fifth place, along with Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf.

Younis, who captained the side in Inzamam's absence, moves up one spot to seventh, as does Yousuf, who now occupies eighth position. Both players are close to their career-best haul of rating points.

First Published: Feb 02, 2006 15:48 IST