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Tendulkar claims top spot in ICC Test ratings

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October 14, 2010

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Sachin Tendulkar reaches his sixth double-century, India v Australia, 2nd Test, Bangalore, 4th day, October 12, 2010
Sachin Tendulkar was in top form during the Australia series © AFP
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Sachin Tendulkar has surged to the top spot in the ICC Test rankings for batsmen, for the first time since 2002. Tendulkar's heroics in the Test series against Australia earned him 82 rating points, taking him to 891, 17 clear of Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara in the second spot. Virender Sehwag, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Mahela Jayawardene completed the top five.

List of dates when Sachin Tendulkar claimed top spot

  • November 18, 1994 (34 and 85 v West Indies in Mumbai)
  • March 6, 1998 (4 and 155 v Australia in Chennai)
  • October 15, 1998 (By default, above Steve Waugh)
  • December 26, 1998 (47 and 113 v New Zealand in Wellington)
  • January 28, 1998 (0 and 136 v Pakistan in Chennai)
  • May 18, 2000 (By default, above Brian Lara)
  • February 21, 2002 (176 v Zimbabwe in Nagpur)
  • August 22, 2002 (193 v England in Leeds)
  • October 13, 2010 (212 and 53* v Australia in Bangalore)

This is the ninth time Tendulkar has become the top-ranked Test batsman in the world, and the first since the new ratings system came into place. He held the position for the first time in 1994, ahead of consistent runs at the top in the late 90s and early 2000s. His ascension comes close on the heels of his winning the ICC Cricketer of the Year award.

Tendulkar has enjoyed a watershed 2010, topping the run charts with 1270 runs, inclusive of four centuries and two double-hundreds. With India set to play three Tests against New Zealand at home and three Tests in South Africa in the immediate future, Tendulkar has the opportunity to better his career-best rating of 898 and become the 26th batsman to cross the 900-point mark.

Rahul Dravid held on to the 22nd position after a patchy series where he managed only one half-century in four innings. VVS Laxman retained the eighth spot despite missing the Bangalore Test, while M Vijay's maiden century helped him jump 29 places to 57th.

Ricky Ponting's inability to convert starts into centuries may have hampered his side, but his three 70s in four innings helped him climb three spots to the 16th position. Michael Clarke struggled for runs through the series, resulting in him dropping out of the top ten, while Simon Katich also slipped two spots to 14th. Shane Watson, who scored 271 runs in the two Tests, moved up to 24th, while Marcus North's fifth Test hundred lifted him to 46th.

In the bowler ratings, Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh and Ben Hilfenhaus have all gained one place each. Zaheer, who picked 12 wickets in the series and impressed with his reverse swing, surged to 744 rating points, tied fourth with England's James Anderson. Johnson moved up to the seventh spot, one clear of Harbhajan who in turn pushed Doug Bollinger to ninth. Dale Steyn, Graeme Swann and Mohammad Asif continue to hold the top three spots in the bowling table.

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Posted by rtmohanlal on (October 17, 2010, 20:52 GMT)

current lot. But when pitted against players from previous generations such as Viv & Bradman ...much deeper thinking is required to reach a conclusion as far as i am concerned.

Posted by rtmohanlal on (October 17, 2010, 20:50 GMT)

(cont...) Sehwag who has a str rate of 82 compared to Sachin's 55. But then as an Indian i would be the first who desperately desires that he be a more consistant and all round batsman.Look at his difference in avg: between 1st & 2nd inns.Look at his stats against all countries.We can see huge variations in performances.if avg: more than 80 in SL it is a poor 20 in NZL.Also remember Sehwag is 2000 product.I wonder what would have been his stats had he been from 1990 onwards.Imran,Akram,Waqar,Ambrose,Mcgarth,Hadlee,Donald,Walsh ,Pollock...hmmmm....a large if there...The way he gets out even to small challenges from not that great Hilfenhaus's, Jhonson's etc is ample evidence of this. So let us put Sehwag this way.When he gets going if he survives all initial challenges.. then he make sure to demolish attacks by taking aggression to different levels that no others can demonstrate.But those scores are far in between..That to mind concludes Sachin as the best test player of the(cont..

Posted by rtmohanlal on (October 17, 2010, 20:37 GMT)

not outs are included..But then why exclude not outs ?. Infact isn't it the batsman's ability that he remained not out after scoring a 100.i agreed in certain occassions i felt that he could have scored slightly more aggressive in the finishing stages of team inns.But then there are lot of other100 inns where he scored aggressively towards the inns for team cause.169 vs SAF, 114 at Perth vs Aus, 122 at Birmingham etc immediately comes to mind.Here too i don't think that your claim that lara is much more aggressive compared to Sachin is correct.Then Ponting..his record in India comes immediately to mind..agreed he was really good in the last series..but over all when the match situation and pitch conditions were tougher... he failed miserably.then in other batting factors too i don't feel he is superior to Sachin as is evident from their career records.If you feel other wise pls challenge my claims.Then the only aggressor in this group who far out weighs Sachin in aggressiveness is

Posted by rtmohanlal on (October 17, 2010, 20:22 GMT)

in Lara's career you can see that he couldn't score a 100 against 2 Ws, Donald&Pollock and Kumble in India. All were bowlers who bowled fuller lengths and were really quick thru the air.Even Kumble thou a spinner was quicker thru the air and yorker was one of his main weapons unlike other spinners.No hundred against these great bowlers with this common trait means he had a flawed technique against such bowling.Sachin in this regard easily outscores him.One area i feel Lara outscored sachin was that when the bowling and conditions favoured him scored at better str: than Sachin.This is evident in the fact that Lara's str rate in all 34 century inns combined is 69 against Sachin's 60 from 49 century inns combined.But here too pls remember 2 more 100s...Sachin would have scored 150% of 100s that Lara have scored!!!.Not a small amount against a challenger..i assume...Also ave: of lara's 100 scores is 186 from 34 such inns as against 211 for Sachin from 49 such inns!!.Yes Sachin's(con..)

Posted by rtmohanlal on (October 17, 2010, 20:06 GMT)

@ mohsin9975 ...my say is that your agruments are exaggerated.Take Laxman..except against Aus his record is patchy.He has played 3 or 4 miraculous inns..but not consistant vs teams other than Aus.His over all str rate: of 50 is some 5 less than Sachin's too.So the only area were he out scores Sachin slightly is at those 3 or 4 miracles were these were overall more long,slightly more precarious team positions, better finishing inns when compared to Sachin's similar knocks. Otherwise Sachin easily outscores him in total batsmanship. Steve waugh...aggresssive??? never. One area where he slightly outscores Sachin is might be he have played a few more rescue inns when compared to Sachin's.Here too Sachin easily outweighs him in all other batting factors.Then...you are claiming that Lara was lot aggressive than Sachin..not true.Lara's str: rate of 60 is only 5 better than that of Sachin's.But Sachin has nearly scored 2200 runs more at 4 more avg: than him.Also if you dig deeper (cont...)

Posted by mohsin9975 on (October 16, 2010, 21:40 GMT)

In 2008,c'paul avgd 90 in tests nd won player of d year award.He accumulated runs at SR of 40-45/100 balls as he has done thru out his career avg 50.His approach was criticisd by many of his teammates nd commentators for being self centred nd not going for wins.Its nt a bad record at all.He might end up scoring 10000 runs in his career at an avg close to lara nd dravid.Bt what gives lara d edge over c paul is his approach nd d impact that his centuries made.Thats what great players do.Strike d opp when it hurts dem d most.Lara did it more often than dravid,much more than sach nd certainly more than c paul.All d above players r modern greats.Sachin is no1 right now bcoz of inngs of impact since last year-103 vs eng,214 nd 53 in last test.Also he is d most consistent batsman of era follod closely by ponting,lara,kallis,dravid,sanga,viru,smith.Bt still they r no match for don

Posted by Lion_of_Lanka on (October 16, 2010, 20:27 GMT)

@ssenthil: Maybe it would help india if they recruit cricketers who have the intellect to use UDRS properly. Then Asoka & Dharmasena's umpiring wouldnt affect India. @hindh88: When was the last time India won a series in OZ or SA? Oh thats right - Never. Pot calling kettle black

Posted by mohsin9975 on (October 16, 2010, 19:08 GMT)

@snowflake bradman scored 100s in a session 6 times.Veterans say he was d fastest scorers they ever saw.Definitely his s/r cant be 35 per 100 balls.In dons era,they had light bats nd huge grounds.Even in the 70s and 80s hitting 6s was rare in tests.It was an event.T20s ,huge bats small grounds nd true flat pitches had ridiculed this major cricketing event. @sach is life i m no sachin basher.I luvd sachin till 2003 aus series.I was surprised sach adopted defensive style of play when he had able supporters in dravid and ganguly to do that.He had been aggresive till then nd cud hav easily contd same way wid RD,vvs nd Dada doing consolidation job.And yes,Vvs has an avg of 48 in 2nd inng not betterd by most.Lara blastd 11000 test runs while srt has accumulatd half of his 14000 runs since 2003.I wud hav surely luvd srt more had he finishd wid 12000 runs and 15 fewer test centuries playing his natural aggresive style

Posted by   on (October 16, 2010, 18:39 GMT)

Who is Bradman? I dont trust those stats made by English and Australian score people, no record of that, I dont trust this, Sachin is the best , he has proved it. Forget about Bradman, live in the present, Bradman was no way near to the greatest Sachin.

Posted by   on (October 16, 2010, 18:36 GMT)

I think bridget01 is just mentioning the English, Kiwi, Aussie and South african cricketers, he does not like the Indian Champ as he is not from these above mentioned countries, if Sachin was from Australia or England , he would have supported Sachin, but anyways, bridget01 is no one, I think the game was easy enough to play in those times and Sachin is number 1 and Bradman is 2. Bradman never had that stamina to play this long and with consistency, he was supported by many of the english and aussie teams . He never had to face this much of competition and stress as it is today.... better luck bridge01, Sachin is the best , bradman is 2. This is the fact.

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