Laxman, Sharma Break Into Top-10 Of ICC Rankings

India veteran VVS Laxman has returned to the top 10 of the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen following two crucial innings in the drawn second Test against the West Indies at Barbados.

The 36-year-old from Hyderabad, who hit 85 and 87 in a low-scoring match, has gained seven places to sixth position in the latest rankings, now enjoying the highest rating of his career to date. In the process he has moved above such luminaries as Virender Sehwag and Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who both lose ground in the latest rankings.

The top five remain unchanged with Jacques Kallis of South Africa still leading the way ahead of India’s Sachin Tendulkar in second postion. Sehwag and Tendulkar, who are not playing in the West Indies series have fallen back because a player loses one per cent of his ratings points for every Test he misses.

The news is good for 10-wicket hero Ishant Sharma who has broken into the top 10 of the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers following his stellar performance in Bridgetown.

With match figures of 41.2-11-108-10, Ishant gains four places to seventh position, overtaking team-mate Harbhajan Singh in the process and making him the second highest-ranked India bowler at the moment.

It was a productive match for West Indies fast bowler Fidel Edwards as he returned to the top 20 following an eight-wicket haul in the Test.

South Africa leads the way in the bowling chart, too, with speedster Dale Steyn top of the list, followed by England off-spinner Graeme Swann.

There was no change in the top five of the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test all-rounders with Kallis leading the way, followed by New Zealand’s Daniel Vettori.

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