Lara slips, Dravid is consistent

WI superstar Brian Lara slipped to his lowest rank since March 2001.

india Updated: Jun 10, 2006 20:38 IST

West Indies batting superstar Brian Lara has slipped three places to number 9 in the latest LG ICC Test Player Rankings, his lowest since March 2001, while Indian skipper Rahul Dravid remained steady at fourth.

Lara, the world record holder for the highest scores in Test and first-class cricket, struggled in the drawn first Test against India with scores of 18 and nought.

The West Indies skipper was also in dismal form on the three-Test tour of New Zealand earlierin 2006where he could only manage 90 runs from five innings.

Lara, however, is the only West Indies batsman in the top 20 as Chris Gayle is perched at 22nd in the standings with Shivnarine Chanderpaul at 23rd and Ramnaresh Sarwan at 30th.

Dravid is the only Indian batsman in the top ten list, which has Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis and Inzamam-ul Haq in the top three spots.

Among the bowlers, Muttiah Muralitharan maintained his stranglehold on the top spot followed by Makhaya Ntini and Shane Warne. Ace Indian spinner Anil Kumble was placed eighth.

First Published: Jun 10, 2006 19:48 IST