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Pujara, Ojha reach career-best rankings


Cricketnext Staff,Cricketnext.com
Nov 21, 2012 at 11:30am IST

Dubai: India’s batting sensation Cheteshwar Pujara and Test spinner Pragyan Ojha played pivotal roles in India’s nine-wicket win over England in Ahmedabad, and have now moved to career-best rankings in the ICC’s latest update for Test players.

Pujara, 24, scored unbeaten innings of 206 and 41 to claim the Man-of-the-Match award after the completion of the first Test on Monday and has jumped 35 places to No. 24 on the ICC’s rankings for Test batsmen. Left-arm spinner Ojha, 26, had a match haul of 9 for 165 and broke into the top five of the ICC's bowler rankings for the first time in his Test career after moving up nine places.

Also making significant moves up the ladder was West Indies opener Kieran Powell, whose twin centuries in Mirpur helped his team beat Bangladesh by 77 runs in the first Test. Powell, who was Man of the Match in the series opener, jumped 19 places to occupy 51st spot. Sri Lanka's left-arm spinner Rangana Herath achieved a career-best rating of 828 points in the bowler rankings to secure fourth spot. The 34-year old took 11 for 108 as Sri Lanka crushed New Zealand by ten wickets in Galle on Monday. Bangladesh’s debutant offspinner Sohag Gazi has entered the rankings at No. 51st after taking 9 for 219 against West Indies.

Pujara, Ojha achieve career-best ICC rankings

Ojha is one place behind Rangana Herath at No. 5 while Jacques Kallis has regained the No. 1 allrounder ranking from Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan.

England captain Alastair Cook returned to the top ten batsmen list after scoring an excellent 176 in his side's second innings in Ahmedabad, while his team-mate Matt Prior became the fifth England player in the top 20 after achieving a career-best ranking of 18. An unbeaten 203 against Bangladesh in Mirpur allowed Shivnarine Chanderpaul gain 27 ratings points to put him one point behind Australian captain Michael Clarke at No. 4, who scored an unbeaten 257 against South Africa in Brisbane last week. Virender Sehwag moved to 22nd position after gaining one place following his 23rd Test century – his first in two years.

In the Test allrounder list, Jacques Kallis regained the top spot after Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan conceded 21 ratings points and slipped to second place. Kallis' South African team-mates Hashim Amla and Vernon Philander will have the opportunity to top the batting and bowling tables, respectively. Amla trails Kumar Sangakkara by just four points while Philander is 19 behind team-mate Dale Steyn, who has been at No. 1 since July 2009.

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