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Dravid, Ajmal continue to rule in Tests

Last updated on: December 22, 2011 17:20 IST

Rahul Dravid continues to rule as the top batsmen in the year 2011 following his impressive showing in the three-match Test series against the West Indies.

The veteran right-hander also became the first batsman to go past the 1000-run mark in 2011 and his tally now reads 1067 runs from 11 Tests @ 59.27, inclusive of five centuries.

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Darren Bravo also jumped up the rankings to number three after his superb showing with the bat againstĀ India.

In the bowling stakes, there is no challenging Pakistan off-spinnerĀ Saeed Ajmal, who is sitting pretty at the top with 50 wickets in eight Tests. India's Ishant Sharma is second with 41 wickets (11 matches) followed by two spinners in West Indian Devendra Bishoo (39 wickets from 10 Tests) and Pakistan's Abdur Rehman (36 wickets from eight games).

A look at the top-20 batsmen and bowlers in Tests in 2011.

Top-20 batsmen in Test cricket in 2011:
Mts Inns NO Runs Hs Avg SR 100 50
R Dravid (Ind) 11 21 3 1067 146* 59.27 45.53 5 3
IR Bell (Eng) 8 11 3 950 235 118.75 64.01 5 2
DM Bravo (WI) 10 20 1 949 195 49.94 48.39 3 3
AN Cook (Eng) 8 11 0 927 294 84.27 50.51 4 2
KC Sangakkara (SL) 10 19 0 926 211 48.73 44.05 3 4
Taufeeq Umar (Pak) 10 19 1 831 236 46.16 44.29 3 3
VVS Laxman (Ind) 11 21 4 770 176* 45.29 52.38 1 6
Younis Khan (Pak) 8 12 3 765 200* 85.00 51.00 2 4
Misbah-ul-Haq (Pak) 10 16 5 765 102* 69.54 43.19 1 7
Azhar Ali (Pak) 10 18 2 732 100 45.75 40.02 1 7
KP Pietersen (Eng) 8 11 1 731 202* 73.10 64.12 2 4
SR Tendulkar (Ind) 8 15 1 651 146 46.50 49.24 1 4
Mohammad Hafeez (Pak) 10 19 3 647 143 40.43 62.63 2 2
S Chanderpaul (WI) 8 15 3 646 118 53.83 42.33 2 1
KA Edwards (WI) 6 12 1 595 121 54.09 46.55 2 3
MEK Hussey (Aus) 8 14 0 591 142 42.21 53.53 2 2
MJ Clarke (Aus) 8 14 0 586 151 41.85 59.55 3 1
NT Paranavitana (SL) 10 20 2 559 76* 31.05 35.20 0 5
TM Dilshan (SL) 9 16 0 538 193 33.62 64.43 1 3
MJ Prior (Eng) 8 10 2 519 126 64.87 89.32 3 2

Top-20 bowlers in Test cricket in 2011:

Mts Overs Mdns Runs Wkts Best Avg RpO 5WI 10WM
Saeed Ajmal (Pak) 8 487 112 1193 50 6-42 23.86 2.44 3 1
I Sharma (Ind) 11 451.2 93 1487 41 6-55 36.26 3.29 2 1
D Bishoo (WI) 10 454.4 65 1413 39 5-90 36.23 3.10 1 0
Abdur Rehman (Pak) 8 412 116 946 36 4-51 26.27 2.29 0 0
JM Anderson (Eng) 7 296.2 77 870 35 5-65 24.85 2.93 1 0
Umar Gul (Pak) 8 287.5 47 873 34 4-61 25.67 3.03 0 0
SCJ Broad (Eng) 7 270.2 63 736 33 6-46 22.30 2.72 1 0
FH Edwards (WI) 8 252.2 22 957 32 5-63 29.90 3.79 3 0
HMRKB Herath (SL) 9 419.4 87 1064 32 7-157 33.25 2.53 2 0
R Rampaul (WI) 8 283.1 55 776 31 4-48 25.03 2.74 0 0
DJG Sammy (WI) 10 326 75 873 30 5-29 29.10 2.67 1 0
UWMBCA Welegedara (SL) 9 292.2 60 944 29 5-87 32.55 3.22 1 0
P Kumar (Ind) 6 268.3 68 697 27 5-106 25.81 2.59 1 0
GP Swann (Eng) 8 289.2 46 924 27 6-106 34.22 3.19 1 0
VD Philander (SA) 3 87.1 16 297 24 5-15 12.37 3.40 4 1
DW Steyn (SA) 4 135.4 31 412 23 5-75 17.91 3.03 1 0
CT Tremlett (Eng) 5 207.4 52 625 23 6-48 27.17 3.00 1 0
R Ashwin (Ind) 3 170 22 504 22 6-47 22.90 2.96 2 0
NM Lyon (Aus) 7 175.5 28 541 22 5-34 24.59 3.07 1 0
TT Bresnan (Eng) 4 139.3 31 401 21 5-48 19.09 2.87 1 0
Shakib Al Hasan (Ban) 5 216.2 40 601 21 6-82 28.61 2.77 2 0

Note: All statistics up to and including Mirpur Test between Bangladesh and Pakistan.

Rajneesh Gupta