Thursday, July 02, 2009

The New Cricket Ranks

Gautam Gambhir is country's uppermost ranked Test batsman at number three position and off spinner Harbhajan Singh, at sixth, is the highest placed Indian bowler in the hottest ICC rankings issued on Thursday.

Gambhir, the Delhi Left-hander with 847 rating points is the only Indian to number in the top 10 batsmen's chart, followed by the Little Master Sachin Tendulkar in 13th position, VVS Laxman in 15th position and the Master Blaster Virender Sehwag in 20th position.

In the bowlers' table, Harbhajan is the distinct Indian in top 10, followed by The Pacer Zaheer Khan in 11th position and Ishant Sharma in 20th position.

In the team ranking, India with 117 points is placed in third behind top ranked Australia with 128 points and South Africa with 119 points.

In the meantime Pakistan, currently in sixth position, will go into their three-Test series in opposition to Sri Lanka preparatory at Galle on Saturday targeting the fourth position, replacing the Lankans.

A 1-0 or 2-1 series win for Younus Khan's team will be adequate to position it on 105 ratings points alongside Sri Lanka but in front of Kumar Sangakkara's team when the ratings are considered beyond the decimal point.

Currently, Younus is the number one batsman in this format, will be aiming to become the 25th batsman in record to achieve the 900-point mark.

The 31-year-old right-handed batsman is just 20 points petite of becoming the second Pakistan batsman following Mohammad Yousuf to achieve the extraordinary distinction.

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