India aims to regain 2nd spot on ICC Test Championship table

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Dubai, Jul 21 (UNI) India will be looking to regain the second place on the ICC Test Championship table when its goes head to head with Sri Lanka in a three-Test series starting in Colombo from Wednesday.

India is currently ranked third behind Australia and South Africa while Sri Lanka is another couple of places back, behind fourth-placed England.

But that line-up could all change depending how the India - Sri Lanka and England - South Africa series pan out.

To regain second place in the Test rankings, India needs to sweep the series and hope South Africa wins its series in England 2-1.

That will leave India on 118 points and South Africa on 116.

If India wins 2-1 and South Africa also wins by the same margin, then Anil Kumble's side will reduce the gap with the Proteas to just one ratings point.

A shared series in Sri Lanka while South Africa wins its series in England 2-1 will mean India will have 112 ratings points, compared to South Africa's 116. It will also mean Sri Lanka swaps places with England.

If India loses the series, they will slip to the fourth spot.

In the rankings for Test batsmen, master blaster Sachin Tendulkar held on to his 14th spot ahead of Rahul Dravid (15th).

Swashbuckling opener Virender Sehwag (18th) and stylish southpaw Sourav Ganguly (19th) are the other Indian batsman in the top 20.

Sri Lankan wicketkeeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara leads the batting list with West Indian southpaw Shivnarine Chanderpaul in second place.

Australians Mike Hussey and Ricky Ponting and Pakistan batsman Mohd Yousuf complete the top five.

In the bowler's list, veteran leg-spinner Anil Kumble is the highest ranked Indian at the eighth spot.

Zaheer Khan (14th) and temparamental off-spinner Harbhajan Singh are the only other Indians in the top 20.

Lankan legend Muttiah Muralitharan occupies the pole position.

Tearway South African pacer Dale Steyn is at the second spot ahead of Stuart Clark, Brett Lee and Ryan Sidebottom.

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