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Test rankings: 6th place Pujara highest ranked Indian batsman

July 22, 2013 15:24 IST

Test rankings: 6th place Pujara highest ranked Indian batsman



Cheteshwar Pujara was the highest-placed Indian batsman, climbing a rung to the sixth position, while Pragyan Ojha broke into the top-10 among bowlers after gaining one spot to be 10th in the latest ICC Test rankings issued on Monday.

Pujara is the only Indian batsman inside the top-20 of the rankings.

Among the bowlers, off-spinner R Ashwin dropped to eighth on the list, while Zaheer Khan is placed 17th.

Following their victory in the second Ashes Test at Lord’s, England players made big gains in the rankings.

The heroes of England's win -- Ian Bell and Joe Root with the bat, and Graeme Swann with the ball – saw a marked increase in their personal rankings.

Image: India's Cheteshwar Pujara
Photographs: Vivek Prakash/Reuters


Lord's heroes -- Bell, Root scale upwards

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Bell jumped six spots to 11th in the rankings for batsmen, just three ratings points behind New Zealand's Ross Taylor.

A right-handed batsman, Bell made scores of 109 and 74 in the Lord's Test.

England opener Root, who was declared Player of the Match for his 468-minute knock of 180, has moved up 21 places to 26th. He is now the sixth England batsman inside the top 30.

Jonny Bairstow is now just outside the top 50 in 53rd spot after rising 12 places after making scores of 67 and 20.

The batting table is still headed by South Africa's Hashim Amla with West Indies' Shivnarine Chanderpaul in second place and AB de Villiers in third position.

Image: England's Ian Bell
Photographs: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

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Anderson, Swann also rise in the list

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Meanwhile, in the rankings for bowlers, James Anderson moved up one place to join Peter Siddle in fifth spot, and both bowlers now trail fourth-placed Saeed Ajmal of Pakistan by 25 ratings points.

England off-spinner Swann, who ended with a match haul of nine for 122 in the Lord's Test, has gained one place and is now seventh, just five ratings points behind Anderson and Siddle.

Image: James Anderson celebrates after taking the wicket of Peter Siddle
Photographs: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

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