Sachin Tendulkar eyes top spot in ICC rankings


DUBAI: Prolific Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar has closed in on Kumar Sangakkara at the top of the ICC test rankings and can overtake the Sri Lankan captain with a good showing in the remaining two tests against South Africa. Second placed Tendulkar hit his 50th test century in Centurion and while it was not enough to avert India’s embarrassing innings and 25-run defeat against South Africa, the batsman moved to within two rating points of Sangakkara in the latest ICC rankings released on Tuesday.
Jacques Kallis’ maiden double century in the Centurion test helped him to replace India’s Virender Sehwag in third place, also strengthening his position as the leading all-rounder in test cricket with a huge 78 ratings points advantage over New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori. The biggest mover on the batting list was Australia’s Mike Hussey, who moved up eight places to sixth after a century in the crushing third Ashes test victory over England.