Dubai:Sachin Tendulkar remained the highest-ranked Indian batsman at the joint 13th spot even as Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman slipped a rung each in the ICC Test Rankings issued on Tuesday.
Tendulkar was joined by English right-hander Ian bell at 13th. Bell rattled off a Test-best 199 in the drawn encounterwith South Africa at Lord's to climb nine spots in the rankings.
However, the other Indians in the top-20 slipped with Dravid losing a spot to be 15th. Same was the case with Sehwag, Ganguly and Laxman, who dropped a spot to 18th, 19th and 20th respectively.
Meanwhile, Kevin Pietersen rose three spots to seventh position, his highest placing this year.
The batting list is still headed by Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka, ahead of the West Indies' Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Mike Hussey of Australia and his captain Ricky Ponting, along with Mohammad Yousuf of Pakistan, the latter two sharing fourth position.
In the bowling list, Anil Kumble is the highest-placed Indian at the eighth spot followed by Zaheer Khan at the joint 14th position. Controversial off-spinner Harbhajan Singh is 18th.