Sachin, Zaheer gains same position in ICC rankings

Sachin Tendulkar stays the highest placed Indian batsman at fifth position, while Zaheer Khan held on to his sixth spot in the bowling chart of the latest ICC Test rankings. Rahul Dravid, unchanged at 10th, was the only other Indian batman in the top-10. Meanwhile, Kumar Sangakkara edged nearer to recapture the number-one position in the Rankings for Test batsmen after hitting a match-saving double century against Pakistan in the first Test at Abu Dhabi which concluded on Saturday.

Sangakkara, whose 211 also earned him the man of the match award, has gained 29 points for his brilliant effort and he is now just 31 points away from reclaiming the number-one position which is currently held by South Africa's Jacques Kallis. Sangakkara, who had surged to the top of the batting table in December 2007, had lost the popular position earlier this year to Tendulkar and Kallis after the two batsmen stroked dazzling centuries in the drawn Test in Cape Town.

The main mover in the batting table is Taufeeq Umar, the Pakistan opener, who has gained 17 places after his epic 236 which came off 496 balls. The 30-year-old from Lahore is now in 46th position. Also heading in the right direction are Azhar Ali in 33rd (up by one place), Angelo Mathews in 37th (up by two places), Prasanna Jayawardene in 48th (up by two places), Mohammad Hafeez in 60th (up by six places) and Asad Shafiq in 90th (up by six places).

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