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Home > India > Cricket > South Africa's tour of India 2008 > Report


Ganguly breaks into ICC top 20

April 14, 2008 20:48 IST

Riding on his Man of the Match performance in Kanpur, Sourav Ganguly [Images] leapfrogged seven places to be 17th in the ICC [Images] Rankings for Test batsmen which made him the fifth Indian in the top 20 list.

In contrast, South African pace spearhead Dale Steyn, after the side's defeat in the third and final Test, conceded his top position in the bowling chart to Sri Lankan Muttiah Muralitharan after the Proteas lost the Test.

Ganguly scored 87 and 13 not out in a low-scoring match, which helped him gain seven places on the ladder and the left-hander now sits in 17th place.

Interestingly, however, no Indian batsman appears inside the top 10 positions.

Sachin Tendulkar [Images], Rahul Dravid [Images], Virender Sehwag [Images] and VVS Laxman are the other Indian batsmen to appear in the top 20. Tendulkar, who missed the last two Tests through injury, has dropped one place to 13th position while Dravid lies in 14th place, gaining one spot.

Sehwag, who became India's top ranked player in the 12th position after hitting a swashbuckling 319 in Chennai, drops to 15th while Laxman, who scored 50 in Kanpur, stays in 19th spot.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni [Images], who captained India in Kanpur, has climbed four places and is now ranked 39th.

South Africa captain Graeme Smith [Images] has improved his ranking by two places and is now in 12th spot after knocks of 69 and 35 at Green Park.

However, Jacques Kallis [Images], who surged to the top of batting chart after the series in Pakistan last year in October, continues his slide and is now fifth after dropping three places, while AB de Villiers falls five places to 26th spot.

Ashwell Prince, Hashim Amla and Neil McKenzie have held steady in 23rd, 28th and 33rd positions respectively.

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Steyn, meanwhile, squandered the opportunity to go top of the table on his own, having been level with Muralitharan after the second Test in Ahmedabad, and drops to second place in the ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers. He is, however, well ahead of his nearest rival, Australia's Stuart Clark.

Anil Kumble [Images], meanwhile, remains India's highest ranked bowler despite dropping one place to seventh after missing the series-decider because of a groin injury, while left-arm fast bowler Zaheer Khan [Images], who also missed the series through injury, remains the second highest ranked India bowler in 14th position - a place he shares with Pakistan's Mohammad Asif [Images].

Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh [Images], who won the player-of-the-series award for his 19 wickets, rose one place to 19th position in a congested lower half of the top 20, where just 13 ratings points separates him from 13th placed Andrew Flintoff [Images] of England [Images].

Sehwag may have slipped in batting rankings but he has climbed eight places in the bowling list and now sits in 51st position, two places ahead of Ishant Sharma, who took five wickets in his only appearance in the series in Kanpur.

The two South Africa bowlers to make upward movements are left-arm spinner Paul Harris and fast bowler Morne Morkel who gained two and nine places respectively to 39th and 56th spots.



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