Tendulkar moves to No. 3 in ICC rankings
Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman have moved up in the ICC Test rankings after their superb performances in the Mohali Test, which India won by one wicket. Tendulkar is in third place, his highest ranking since the Hamilton Test against New Zealand in December 2002, while Laxman moves up four places to a career-best No. 8.
Both batsmen starred in India’s thrilling win in the first Test against Australia. Laxman finished the run-chase in the fourth innings with an unbeaten 73, while Tendulkar top-scored in the first innings, scoring 98, and then contributed 38 in the second. He now trails Virender Sehwag – who is in second place with 851 points – by 13 points. Kumar Sangakkara, the Sri Lanka captain, tops the rankings with 874 points. Tendulkar has scored 1003 Test runs this year at an average of 83. 58.
There was also some good news for Zaheer Khan too, who won the Man-of-the-Match award in Mohali. He moved up to a career-best fifth position, thanks to his match haul of 8 for 137.