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India may overtake South Africa in ICC cricket ranking

New Delhi, Nov 21 (UNI) Ahead of the clash against their arch rivals, Pakistan, that gets underway tomorrow here at Feroz Shah Kotla, the Indian team must be eying to win the series and climb up the ICC test ranking ladder.

India could move up to third place in the LG ICC Test Championship table if it secures a convincing series win over Pakistan.

A 3-0 or 2-0 success in the three-match clash would catapult India, currently fourth in the list, above South Africa and hot on the heels of second-placed England, which starts a three Test series of its own against Sri Lanka on December 1.

India has 107 rating points but a 3-0 series win would lift it to 112 points, just one behind England. A 2-0 win would raise India's tally to 110 points, still enough to lift it above South Africa, which currently occupies third spot with 109 points.

Shoaib Malik's side also has chance to make progress up the listing. Pakistan, currently with 96 rating points is at the sixth position. If it gets beaten in all three Tests it would lose five rating points and slip below New Zealand, which currently is at the seventh spot on the ladder but, conversely, the visitors also have a chance to make progress up the table.

A 3-0 series win would not only lift Pakistan to fifth position with 103 rating points, but would also drop India below it and into sixth place with 100 points. A 2-0 win for Shoaib Malik's side would have the same effect in terms of positions in the table, with Pakistan having 102 points to India's 101.

Pakistan currently is the most represented side in the LG ICC bowler rankings in top 20 with four players in the elite group. Fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar (10th), leg-spinner Danish Kaneria (14th), pacer Mohammad Asif, currently sidelined with an elbow injury (17th), and another fast bowler Umar Gul (20th).

India, by contrast, has three players in the top 20, new Test captain leg-spinner Anil Kumble at the seventh position, Zaheer Khan in 11th place and Zaheer's fellow left-armer Irfan Pathan in 19th spot.

Both teams are represeted by two players each in batting rankings. While Pakistan's players are both in the top 10, Mohammad Yousuf in fourth place and Younus Khan three spots further back, India's players are Rahul Dravid in 11th position and the resurgent Sachin Tendulkar, who lies at the 18th spot.

Australia heads the LG ICC Test Championship table, extending its advantage over England to 32 rating points after a 2-0 series success over Sri Lanka.


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Story first published: Wednesday, November 21, 2007, 14:04 [IST]
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