New Delhi, Feb 20(ANI): Indian batsman Virender Sehwag has moved to the top of the International Cricket Council (ICC) player rankings for Test batsmen after his heroics during the second Test against South Africa in Kolkata.
The opening batsman smashed 165 in the first innings and has gained five places in the latest rankings, displacing teammate Gautam Gambhir at the top.
The 31-year-old is now enjoying the highest rating of his illustrious career to date.
South Africa's Hashim Amla, whose two centuries in the match came so close to saving the match for the Proteas, has gained no fewer than eight places in the latest rankings and now sits in second position.
India's other centurions in the match, Sachin Tendulkar and V.V.S. Laxman, have also made significant gains in the batting rankings.
Off the back of some excellent recent form Tendulkar has moved up a further three places and now sits in equal sixth position while Laxman's unbeaten 143 has earned him six places, up to 14th spot.
Indian bowlers have also made an impression with off-spinner Harbhajan Singh gaining five places to number seven in the player rankings for Test bowlers.
Fast bowler Zaheer Khan has maintained his place at number six in the latest chart.
In the Player Rankings for Test all-rounders, Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan continues his rise, gaining a further two places to sit in third position on the log.
The 22-year-old scored 87 and 100 in his team's one-off Test against New Zealand at Hamilton and moves ahead of England's Graeme Swann and Australia's Mitchell Johnson in the process.
1. Sehwag (863), 2. Hashim Amla (842), 3. Jayawardena (836), 4. Sangakkara (835), 5. Gambhir (824). (ANI)