Gambhir retains 10th spot, Harbhajan gains one place

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir retains his 10th spot while team-mate Harbhajan Singh moved up one place to seventh in the latest ICC Test rankings.

Updated: January 01, 2009 08:45 IST
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Indian opening batsman Gautam Gambhir retains his 10th spot while team-mate off-spinner Harbhajan Singh moved up one place to seventh in the Reliance Mobile ICC Test rankings issued on Thursday.

Gambhir, who scored 1134 runs in 2008 including three centuries in his last four Tests, is still the highest-ranked Indian batsman.

His opening partner Virender Sehwag, who scored 1462 runs in 2008, is at 13th spot while Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman, both of whom also scored more than 1000 runs in 2008, jumped two places each to share joint 16th spot.

Harbhajan Singh remained the only Indian at the top 10 in the Test bowlers' list at the seventh place with 686 rating points. Pacer Zaheer Khan is at 12th with 630 points in the list headed by Sri Lankan Muttiah Muralitharan.

The Test batsmen's chart is still headed by West Indian Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who is currently the only batsman in the world with 900 ratings points or more.

Australia captain Ricky Ponting has climbed back up the rankings to sixth after impressive knocks of 101 and 99 in Melbourne against South Africa. Ponting has leap-frogged his opposite number in the South Africa side, Graeme Smith, who has risen one spot to seventh.

Ponting's team-mate and vice-captain Michael Clarke climbed three places to reach career-best ninth following his 88 not out in Melbourne while Michael Hussey dropped out of top 10 for first time since 2006 after a run of low scores in the two Tests played so far against South Africa.

Outside top 20, South Africa's Jean-Paul Duminy has shot up the rankings by 62 places to 47th after his outstanding knock of 166 in Melbourne which set up a nine-wicket victory for the Proteas.

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