Tendulkar back into top 20 ICC Test rankings

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/t/tendulkar2_ap.jpg' class='caption'> Sachin Tendulkar back to the top 20 Test batsman, according to the latest ICC players ranking released on Wednesday.

Updated: October 26, 2008 09:35 IST
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Eclipsing Brain Lara's record of 11,953 runs to become the highest run-getter in Test cricket has catapulted Sachin Tendulkar back to the top 20 Test batsman, according to the latest ICC players ranking released on Wednesday.

Tendulkar had slumped to the 24th spot before the second Test against Australia, his lowest in 15 years but in Mohali, the 35-year-old proved that he was not finished yet and his innings of 88 and 10 not out saw the master blaster improve his position to 19th.

Gautam Gambhir's innings of 67 and 104 saw him surge eight places to 29th, while Mahendra Singh Dhoni, under whose captaincy India clinched the second Test in Mohali, moved seven places to 37th.

Retiring left-hander Sourav Ganguly, who hit a century in the first innings of the second Test, improved two places to 23rd. Also Virender Sehwag's good show with the bat saw him move into the top 10 at the 10th position.

However, lacklustre performance of seniors like Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman saw them lose ground in the latest rankings.

Australia skipper Ricky Ponting, who scored just seven runs in the match, slipped one place to fifth, while teammate Michael Hussey was dethroned from his No. 1 perch to third place.

His place was taken by West Indies stalwart and ICC Cricketer of the Year Shivnarine Chanderpaul with Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka moving up to second. MORE PTI ATK RSM

New Zealand's Daniel Vettori's match-winning innings of 55 not out and 76 in two innings in the first Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong earned him five places and a spot at 31st.

Among the bowlers, Harbhajan Singh spun his way into the top 10 list, taking over the reign of India's highest-ranked bowler from Zaheer Khan, who slipped one place to 12th.

Harbhajan's match statistics of 49-12-96-5 in Mohali saw him up three places to ninth spot, while Ishant Sharma's exploits with the new ball shot him eight spots up to 31st position.

Meanwhile, 25-year-old leg-spinner Amit Mishra has exploded on to the scene and is a new entry at number 50 after taking seven wickets in a dream debut against Australia.

It was also a productive match for Mitchell Johnson, who gained three places to be 30th on the list.

Vettori's exploits with the ball in the first Test against Bangladesh, where he scalped nine wickets, moved him by seven places to 14th position in the bowling ladder in the latest rankings.

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