Calcutta: South Africa batsman Hashim Amla has moved within striking distance of claiming the No.1 ranking on the ICC Test Player Rankings for batsmen for the first time in his career.
Amla has moved up a place to second in the latest rankings that were released on Tuesday, a day after South Africa's innings and 193 runs win over New Zealand at Port Elizabeth in the second and final Test. This victory gave South Africa a 2-0 series win over New Zealand.
Amla is just one rating point behind Aussie captain Clarke and will have a shot at the coveted position when South Africa takes on Pakistan in the first Test of the three-match series in Johannesburg starting February 1.
Meanwhile, India retained their No. 5 position. India, who last played a three-Test series in December against England, losing 1-2, also maintained their ratings point to 105. They are four points behind arch-rivals Pakistan, placed at the fourth spot with 109 points.
Sachin Tendulkar is the lone Indian batsman in the top 20 list in the rankings for Test batsmen. With 653 points to his credit, Tendulkar has gained a spot to be at No. 19 in the table, which is headed by Michael Clarke of Australia.