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Pujara slips to 8th in ICC Test rankings, Amla still top

October 18, 2013 15:31 IST

Cheteshwar PujaraCheteshwar Pujara is the highest-ranked Indian batsman despite dropping a place to eighth while R Ashwin held on to his eighth position in the bowlers' chart of the ICC Test rankings, issued on Friday.

Pujara and Ashwin are the only two Indians in the top-10 rankings of batsmen and bowlers respectively. The India off-spinner is also steady at third in the list of all-rounders.

South Africa's AB de Villiers achieved a career-best second position in the rankings for Test batsmen, while a seven-wicket victory in the Abu Dhabi Test has guaranteed Pakistan a fourth position in the team rankings.

De Villiers, who scored 19 and 90, earned three ratings points which were enough to put him ahead of Shivnarine Chanderpul of the West Indies.

The South Africa batsman now trails team-mate Hashim Amla, who also gained five ratings points after scoring 118 runs in the first innings, by 15 ratings points.

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has also achieved his career-best ranking. The 39-year-old batsman was rewarded for his 100 and 28 not out with a jump of five places that has put him in seventh position, just one place and seven ratings points behind Younus Khan.

Pakistan's Asad Shafiq and man of the match Khurram Manzoor have also made upward movements.

Asad has gained nine places and is now in 25th position while Khurram's Test best score of 146 has given him a leap of 45 places and 52nd position.

In the rankings for Test bowlers, there is no change in the top 10 but Vernon Philander has become the 21st bowler and third from South Africa after Shaun Pollock (909) and Dale Steyn (908) to reach the 900-point mark.

In the ICC Player Rankings for Test all-rounders, double failure by Jacques Kallis has meant he has lost the number-one spot to Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh.

Meanwhile, Pakistan's seven-wicket victory means they will finish fourth, irrespective of how the second Test in Dubai pans out, the ICC said in a statement.

If the series ends in a 1-1 draw, South Africa will finish on 131 points (drop by four) and Pakistan will end on 102 (up by five) and one point ahead of Australia.

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the next best Indian batsmen, in 19th place with 637 points the same as West Indian Chris Gayle. Virat Kohli is 22nd with 634 points, while veteran Sachin Tendulkar, who will retire next month, sits on 24th place with 632 points.

In the bowling list, Zaheer Khan is the only other Indian bowler in the top-20, on 16th place with 600 points.

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