Sachin Tendulkar’s decision to not tour the West Indies has made him concede the top spot in the ICC Test rankings for batsmen to Jacques Kallis, who also continues to be the top-ranked allrounder. A player loses 1% of his ratings points for every Test he misses. This means Tendulkar will lose more points as he will not figure in the remaining two Tests against West Indies as well. He will, however, still manage to enter next month’s Test series against England in second position as there is some gap between him and third-placed Kumar Sangakkara.
Rahul Dravid’s match-winning century in the Kingston Test sees him return to the top 20 in the rankings for the first time since November 2010, when he slipped downwards following the home Test series against New Zealand. Dravid earned 45 ratings points which has lifted him nine places to 20th position. VVS Laxman, who had a rare twin failure in Kingston, has gone out of the top 10, falling five places to 13th position.
Ishant Sharma, who took six wickets in Kingston, has moved up three places to 11th position in the ICC Test rankings for bowlers. Dale Steyn continues to be the top-ranked Test bowler, followed by Graeme Swann and James Anderson. Agencies