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Test rankings: Dravid soars, Tendulkar slips

August 23, 2011 18:45 IST
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Almost all leading Indian batsmen, save Rahul Dravid, slipped in the latest Reliance ICC Test rankings for batsman, released on Tuesday.

Their shoddy performance in the just-concluded Test series affected their individual rankings, with Sachin Tendulkar dropping a spot to fifth place.

However, Dravid, on the back of his three centuries and 461 runs, rose four places and is back in the top ten.

He is now No 10 in the list of Test batsmen, which has Jacques Kallis firmly entrenched at the top.

Ian Bell and Kevin Pietersen's star acts during the series helped them gain four and five places respectively.

While Bell is third on the list, after Kallis and Kumar Sangakkara, KP also broke into the top ten, at seventh place.

India's VVS Laxman, who has had a horrible series, lost five places and slumped to 17, while Virender Sehwag dropped a couple notches to 19.

Gautam Gambhir, who was ranked No 30 in the earlier table, is now ranked 31.

In the bowling department, Zaheer Khan remained seventh despite bowling only 13.3 overs in the series.

Off-spinner Graeme Swann is in the top three after a leap of two places, while Dale Steyn and James Anderson remain No 1 and 2 respectively.

While Stuart Broad maintained fifth position, Tim Bresnan, following his brilliant show in the India-England series, is ranked No 11 after gaining five places.

India's Harbhajan Singh and Ishant Sharma dropped a place each, to 12 and 13 respectively.

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