India certain of 2nd place in ICC Test Championship, Pathan moves up

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Perth, Jan 20 (UNI) Irfan Pathan with a match winning performance for India against Australia in the third Test here yesterday leapfrogged Australia's Brett Lee and West Indies duo of Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo to sixth spot in the LG ICC Player Rankings for Test all-rounders.

Meanwhile, by virtue of its 72-run victory at Perth, India has assured itself a second place in the LG ICC Test Championship table behind Australia regardless of how the Adelaide Test pans out.

Returning to action after missing the Melbourne and Sydney Tests, the 23-year-old Pathan scored 28 and 46 with the bat and claimed 5-117 in the match.

Pathan also made the right movement in the LG ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers when he climbed six places to join Kumble and injured Zaheer Khan in the top 20.

Pathan is now ranked at 19th spot and will be hoping for another good show at Adelaide that will help him to overtake the Pakistan pair of Mohammad Asif and Danish Kaneria as well as New Zealand's James Franklin. Only 24 ratings points separate 16th-placed Asif from Pathan who is now just three short of 100 Test wickets.

The Baroda cricketer's contributions with the bat in different batting positions and in difficult situations have also allowed him to improve his batting standing. He is now in the 57th position in the LG ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen after rising seven places.

In the batting charts, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Sehwag and Mahendra Singh Dhoni have all made improvements.

Tendulkar and Dravid rose one position each and now sit on 13th and 15th positions respectively, Laxman climbed one place to 17th spot, Sehwag jumped three places to share 32nd place with Pakistan's Kamran Akmal and England's Marcus Trescothick while Dhoni lifted one place to share 41st spot with team-mate Wasim Jaffer.

Jaffer is one of the two Indian batsmen to lose ground with the other being former captain Sourav Ganguly. Ganguly dropped five places to fall out of the top 20 list and is now ranked 22nd while Jaffer slides one place to 42nd spot.

In the LG ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers, Pathan's new-ball partner RP Singh climbed three places to 29th position while Ishant Sharma jumped 18 places to 69th place.

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