Kumble climbs to second spot in Maruti Suzuki Cricket Ratings

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New Delhi, Jan 17 (UNI) Newly appointed India captain Anil Kumble climbed to the second spot among Test bowlers as Team India held on to their fourth position in both Tests and ODIs in the Maruti Suzuki Cricket Ratings released here today.

Kumble, who has been in good form in the ongoing series Down Under, became the highest Indian Test wicket-taker after claiming Aussie batsman Andrew Symonds as his 600th victim.

Meanwhile, 'spin wizard' Muttiah Muralitharan rules the bowling charts in both ODIs and Tests with 195 and 197 points respectively.

Zaheer Khan (169 pts) who is at ninth position, is the only other Indian Indian in the top 10.

Dale Steyn (190 pts) of South Africa is third followed by Aussie pacer Brett Lee at the fourth spot.

Makhaya Ntini (183 pts) is placed fifth while Stuart Clark is at sixth spot. England spinner Monty Panesar (175 pts) is seventh followed by Danish Kaneria (172 pts) of Pakistan.

In the World Test Batting Rankings, Sourav Ganguly(175 pts) is the highest ranked Indian at seventh spot while 'Master Blaster' Sachin Tendulkar is at the 10th position with 166 points.

Kumar Sangakkara (195 pts) occupies the top spot followed by Michael Hussey (189 pts) and Chanderpaul while South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis (182 pts) dropped to the fourth position.

Mahela Jayawardene (180 pts) climbs up the ladder to the fifth position.

Mohammed Yousuf (184 pts) of Pakistan, Mahela Jayawadene (180 pts) of Sri Lanka and New Zealand's Scott Styris (175 pts) complete the top 10 list being placed at the sixth, eighth and 10th positions respectively.

In the World ODI Bowling Rankings, England and Sri Lanka rule the roost with three positions each in the top 10.

Muralitharan and Dilhara Fernando (191 pts) occupy the top two spots. Their teammate Farveez Maharoof (184 pts) is at fourth spot.

The English trio of Andrew Flintoff (179 pts), Stuart Broad (177 pts) and James Anderson (172 pts) are at sixth, seventh and ninth posotions respectively.

Australian pace sensation Shaun Tait (187) and teammate Brad Hogg (181) are at third and fifth spots respectively.

Kyle Mills (175 pts) of New Zealand and Darren Powell (170 pts) of th West Indies complete the top 10.

Australia continues their dominance of the World Test Rankings with 137 points. South Africa (114 pts) moved up to second with Sri Lanka (107 pts) a close third.

India (90 pts) are fourth with New Zealand (83 pts), England (76 pts), Pakistan (61 pts), West Indies (20 pts) and Bangladesh (0 pts) completing the list.

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