Tendulkar returns to top 20 in ICC Player Rankings for Test

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Dubai, Oct 22 (UNI) Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar has proved again that he still has what it takes to make an impact at the highest level.

Before the second Test against Australia he had slipped to 24th place in the ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen, his lowest position for 15 years.

But the 35-year-old showed in Mohali that he was not finished yet and after his innings of 88 not out he has broken back into the top 20 batsmen and now sits in 19th position.

It is another reason for the Mumbai man to celebrate after becoming the highest scoring Test batsman in history during that match, overtaking the record of 11,953 runs set by West Indian great Brian Lara. Tendulkar now has team-mates Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman in his sights as both have lost ground in the latest rankings.

Other big movers include Virender Sehwag (up one place to 10th) Gautam Gambhir, who moves up eight positions to 29th place after innings of 67 and 104, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who progresses seven places to 37th, and Sourav Ganguly, whose century in the first innings gave him a two-place boost to 23rd on the list.

Amongest the bowlers, Harbhajan Singh also enjoyed an excellent game at Mohali and his combined match statistics of 49-12-96-5 have pushed him up three places and back into the top 10 of the Rankings for Test bowlers.

He is now India's top-ranked bowler, taking over from Zaheer Khan who slips one place to 12th spot.

Two other Indians also moved up, Ishant Sharma, who has shot up eight spots to 31st position. Meanwhile, 25-year-old leg-spinner Amit Mishra has exploded on to the scene and is a new entry at number 50 after taking seven wickets in a dream debut against Australia.

It was also a productive match for Mitchell Johnson, who gained three places to 30th in the list.

At the top, the news is not so good for Australia left-hander Michael Hussey who has slipped from the number-one perch to third position. His place is taken by West Indies stalwart and ICC Cricketer of the Year 2008 Shivnarine Chanderpaul with Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka moving up to second.

Ricky Ponting has dropped one place to fifth after scoring just seven runs in the match and Michael Clarke (up two places to 13th) enjoyed more success in the top 20.

New Zealand's Daniel Vettori continued his protracted run of good form with another match-winning performance for the Black Caps against Bangladesh in Chittagong. His efforts have netted him five places and a spot at 31st in the latest batting rankings.


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