Sachin at 14th spot, Kumble at 8th in ICC Test rankings

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Dubai, Jun 4 (UNI) Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar has retained his 14th spot among batsmen while India captain Anil Kumble was at the eighth position in the bowlers list of the latest ICC Test ranking issued today.

Tendulkar is leading five Indians in the top-20 with 704 points.

He is followed by Rahul Dravid (15th), Virender Sehwag (17th), Sourav Ganguly (18th) and V V S Laxman (19th).

In the bowling chart which is headed by Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan with 897 points, Kumble was at eighth spot with 708 points in his kitty while Indian pacer Zaheer Khan and offie Harbhajan Singh have dropped one place each and they are poised at the 15th and 19th spots respectively with 619 and 608 points each.

However, West Indies has been showing that it is still very much a force to be reckoned with at Test level in recent weeks with some good results and quality performances, first against Sri Lanka and more recently up against the best side in the world, Australia.

After winning the man-of-the-match award in the second Test against Australia, which ended in Antigua yesterday, Shivnarine Chanderpaul moved up two places to fifth position in the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen.

Meanwhile, the batting rankings are still headed by two Australians, Michael Hussey in first place and his captain Ricky Ponting, in second.

Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara is close behind in third with Mohammad Yousuf of Pakistan in fourth and South Africa's Jacques Kallis at sixth spot.

West Indian Jerome Taylor has rocketed back into the top-20 of the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for bowlers. The 23-year-old Jamaican took five wickets in the match, including the scalp of Ponting in both innings, and moved up 12 places to hold at 14th spot in the tightly packed rankings.

Australia's in-form fast bowler Brett Lee has strengthened his position in fourth position in the bowling rankings and is now enjoying the highest rating of his career so far. He is closing the gap on team-mate Stuart Clark, who is currently occupying third spot while another pacer South African Makhaya Ntini is holding the fifth position.

Muttiah Muralidaran is still in the first position with Dale Steyn of South Africa just behind him in second place.

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