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Pujara & Ashwin slip a rung each

Dubai: Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravichandran Ashwin managed to remain the best-placed Indians by keeping their places in the top-10 of the batting and bowling charts respectively but slipped a rung each in the latest ICC Test rankings issued on Monday.

Pujara was placed sixth in the batting list while Ashwin was eighth among the bowlers after the opening Test against New Zealand which India lost by 40 runs on Sunday.

Among other Indians, Virat Kohli remained steady at 11th in the batting rankings followed by Mahendra Singh Dhoni at the 33rd spot, a loss of five positions for the captain.

Among the bowlers, Pragyan Ojha was the next best-placed Indian after Ashwin at 11th, even though he slipped two places.

Elsewhere, Kumar Sangakkara’s historic effort of 424 runs in the second and final Test in Chittagong against Bangladesh saw him jump five places to second in the rankings for Test batsmen.

Sangakkar gained 58 ratings points for his effort. He is now three rating points ahead of third-ranked Shivnarine Chanderpaul, and 33 behind No. 1 ranked AB de Villiers.

Meanwhile, New Zealand’s Ross Taylor was down to fifth in the latest rankings. Alongside Taylor, the latest who made the cut in the top 20 are Kane Williamson and Brendon McCullum.

Rankings

Batsmen: 1. AB de Villiers (SA); 2. K. Sangakkara (SL); 3. S. Chanderpaul (WI); 4. H. Amla (SA); 5. R. Taylor (NZ); 6. C. Pujara (Ind); 7. Misbah (Pak); 8. M. Clarke (Aus); 9. G. Smith (SA); 10. Y. Khan (Pak)

Bowlers: 1. V. Philander (SA); 2. D. Steyn (SA); 3. R. Harris (Aus); 4. S. Ajmal (Pak); 5. P. Siddle (Aus); 6. R. Herath (SL); 7. T. Boult (NZ); 8. R. Ashwin (Ind); 9. M. Johnson (Aus); 10. T. Southee (NZ)

All-rounders: 1. R. Ashwin (Ind); 2. Shakib (Ban); 3. V. Philander (SA); 4. S. Broad (Eng); 5. S. Watson (Aus)