India retain top-ranked Test side status
Dubai: India have retained the numero uno status in the International Cricket Council’s Test Championship table and are eight rating points clear of second-placed South Africa.
After the second Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo resulted in a draw, India were ensured of being top of the chart irrespective of how the three-Test series rolls out. The series ended in a 1-1 draw.
Sri Lanka have gained two places to be third in the latest list released on Tuesday.
India were earlier 11 points clear of South Africa but following their failure to win the series in Sri Lanka, the gap was reduced.
Meanwhile, in the ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen, VVS Laxman has gained four spots to occupy 12th with 761 points.
India opener Virender Sehwag maintained his second position.
Sangakkara, who contributed with scores of 219 and 42 not out, reclaimed the top spot which he previously occupied in 2009.
Sachin Tendulkar also climbed two places to fourth in the rankings after his impressive double century in the second Test.
In the ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers, Ishant Sharma has dropped one place to 22nd and Ajantha Mendis has slipped three places to 32nd.
Amit Mishra has gained two places and is now 42nd, Suraj Randiv has vaulted 52 places to 50th spot and Pragyan Ojha has climbed 10 places to 51st spot.
There is no change at the top of the table which is headed by South Africa’s Dale Steyn followed by Pakistan Mohammad Asif.
England’s Stuart Broad has returned to the top 10 by climbing three places to join India’s Harbhajan Singh in eighth spot.
Virender Sehwag has achieved a career-best fifth position in the ICC Player Rankings for Test all-rounders. While Sehwag’s 109 and zero allowed him to narrow the gap with Sangakkara, his match figures of 4-59 has helped him jump to 48th position in the bowling table.