Laxman, Zaheer achieve career-best rankings after Durban win

Dubai: The match-winning 96-run knock in the Durban Test catapulted VVS Laxman to a career-best ninth in the batting chart while paceman Zaheer Khan`s good show also helped him touch his career-best mark of number four in the bowling list of latest ICC rankings.

Laxman`s effort in the second innings played a pivotal role in India`s 87-run win, which helped India level the three-match series 1-1, and also pushed him six places up.

It is for the first time that Laxman has entered into the top-10 zone.

The wristy Hyderabadi is now the third Indian batsman inside the top-10 with Sachin Tendulkar sitting in the second position and Virender Sehwag occupying the fourth spot.

Zaheer Khan recorded figures of 3-36 and 3-57 in India`s win at Durban and has been rewarded with a jump of three places which puts him along side James Anderson of England.

Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has also improved his ranking by two places and is now in eighth position after match figures of 6-80.

Paceman S Sreesanth jumped lifted six places to 27th position after match figures of 4-86. In contrast, South Africa`s top four batsmen failed to retain their places.

Jacques Kallis slipped to fifth (down by two places), AB de Villiers to sixth (down by one place), Hashim Amla to 12th (down by three places) and Graeme Smith to 14th (down by three places).

For South Africa, the only consolation is that Dale Steyn has strengthened his number-one ranking by opening up 83 points advantage over his closest rival, Graeme Swann of England.

Steyn is now just three ratings points away from reaching the 900-point mark. Steyn took 6-50 and 2-60, for which he earned 21 ratings points giving him a career-best rating of 897.