Sehwag replaces Gambhir, becomes No. 1 batsman

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Virender Sehwag was rewarded for his performance in the Test series against South Africa as he became the No. 1 Test batsman in the ICC rankings.

Updated: February 19, 2010 14:38 IST
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Virender Sehwag on Friday rose to the top the ICC Test rankings for batsmen after his two consecutive hundreds in the just concluded India-South Africa series.

Sehwag toppled compatriot Gautam Gambhir from the top position and now has 863 points. Gambhir has slipped to fifth slot with 824 points.

Sehwag smashed a quick-fire 165 in the first innings of the Kolkata Test after his 109-run knock in the first innings of the first match in Nagpur.

South Africa's Hashim Amla, who played magnificently throughout the series with three centuries, including a double hundred, also reaped rich rewards and has jumped to second spot with 842 points.

Amla was also adjudged Man-of-the-Series for his brilliant performance in the 1-1 drawn series.

Another Indian in the top-10 in the latest rankings chart is Sachin Tendulkar, who is at sixth place with 805 points.

Zaheer Khan is the top ranked Indian among bowlers at sixth while off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who was instrumental in India winning the Kolkata Test with a five-wicket haul in South Africa's second innings, is one rung below at seventh, in the list headed by Dale Steyn.

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