Calcutta (The Telegraph): India’s disastrous Australian campaign has taken a toll on the ratings, with most of the famed Indian batting order losing ground.
After the drubbing at Perth, Sachin Tendulkar lost three rating points to be placed at 9th spot in the table, while VVS Laxman is 21st, down by three. Virender Sehwag, down by two, is placed 24th, while fellow opener Gautam Gambhir is 32nd, down by one. Under-fire captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, down by four, is placed on 40th in the ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen.
Virat Kohli’s contributions of 44 and 75 in the Perth Test, however, has helped him jump 39 places to be placed 66th.
Among the bowlers, Umesh Yadav’s maiden five-wicket haul has helped him climb seven places to be on 43rd in the bowlers rankings.
The Australians, meanwhile, have witnessed a significant rise in their rankings, with David Warner jumping 35 places to be placed 34th while Ed Cowan has gained 24 places to sit at 58th position.
Despite a record-breaking triple century, Michael Clarke is down by three points to be at 11th position.
Australia’s fast bowlers Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus have achieved career-best rankings after inspiring their side to an innings and 37-run victory. Siddle has risen two places and is in fifth position, while Hilfenhaus has entered the top 10 for the first time in his career, to be placed sixth.
The bowlers’ list is headed by South Africa’s Dale Steyn, while England’s James Anderson, Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad are second, third and fourth, respectively.
In the team rankings, India is all set to drop down the Championship table, which will be updated after the fourth Test at Adelaide. South Africa can rise to as high as 119 ratings points should they be successful in the away series against New Zealand, in March.