ICC Test rankings January 7, 2011

Tendulkar, Kallis top ICC Test batting rankings

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Sachin Tendulkar and Jacques Kallis share the No.1 spot in the latest ICC player rankings for Test batsmen following the conclusion of the Cape Town Test on Thursday. Both Tendulkar and Kallis have 883 rating points, just one ahead of Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara at No.2.

Tendulkar, who scored 146 and 14 not out in the third Test in Cape Town against South Africa, gained one place in the rankings. Kallis, who was the top run scorer for the series with 498 runs including three centuries and was declared man of the series, earned 77 points to jump four places.

Tendulkar last topped the rankings in October after he scored 214 and 53 against Australia in Bangalore. This is the tenth time he has claimed the No.1 spot. Kallis last claimed the No. 1 spot in 2005, after the Sydney Test against Australia.

England opener Alastair Cook, who was the leading run scorer with 766 runs from just seven innings in England's 3-1 victory over Australia in the Ashes, jumped eight places to No.5. He ended the series with a career-best rating of 803 points. Meanwhile Gautam Gambhir, the India opener, who made 93 and 64 in the Cape Town Test, moved up seven places to No.15.

Dale Steyn comfortably held on to his No. 1 spot for Test bowlers, moving to 899 points after taking 21 wickets at 17.47 against India. England fast bowler James Anderson, who finished as the leading wicket-taker in the Ashes, moved up one position to No.3. Kallis, of course, continues to lead the rankings for Test allrounders.

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  • the_cricket_fan on January 10, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    jacques and sachin both of them have crossed their 35th yet they are playing like youngster like in his early twenties,,,,temprament of both batsmen showed that they are not going to retired so early. Both of them have scored on all type of turfs on all part of the world,,,they have nothing to prove anything now,,,both batsmen are the pillars of their respective team. I would like to see jacques and sachin to play for more couple of years,,,they are playing high quality of cricket with their increasing age,,specially jacques kallis doing good in both forms of the game,,in both bating and bowling. Both of them proved that they are legends.

  • cricket_fan_1 on January 10, 2011, 4:25 GMT

    Thanks Kallis for the great innings on 4th day in Durban to save the series for SA.

  • cricket_fan_1 on January 10, 2011, 4:24 GMT

    Sure Sanga was not complaining about the rankings when SL was no. 3 test team by the same system. Nothing against Sanga, agree he played lot less than Kallis/Tendulkar but he only played in his comfort zone. All the 9 innings are at home and none away, to put the 99.28 in perspective. Out of the 6 tests this year at home for SL, 4 were draws, 1 Win and 1 Lose for SL.

  • cricket_fan_1 on January 10, 2011, 3:44 GMT

    Rankings are not important as long as the players are contributing to their team. If they contribute to the winning of their respective teams rankings will come automatically. Sachin is the Don and Kallis is the Sobers. Enjoy their cricket as long as they are playing.

  • ThilanDK on January 9, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    If those two test maches washed out against West Indies were played in Sri Lanka, there won't be anymore headline like this & Sanga will remain same as the No1 test batsmen... we all agree Sachin & Kallis are true legends of the game but it's very unfair when some teams are getting lots of matches compaired to the others in a year & doing rankings like this ...

  • first_slip on January 9, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    @NoCountry_for_OldMan, hilarious :: just pure jealousy....

  • on January 9, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    "Kallis makes sachin to stay in cricket for some more time"- well said

  • SamAsh07 on January 9, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    I don't know what people think or say but Kallis and Sachin are EQUAL, both are grandmasters, the only reason Sachin is ahead is because he started at an early age, otherwise, BOTH of them are true legends while Steyn is the legend-in-making. Kallis should've been taken by Mumbai Indians....imagine, Davy Jacobs, Sachin and then Kallis...Wow...

  • on January 9, 2011, 8:04 GMT

    sachin the mastereo made it again

  • on January 9, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    sachin the master occupied his place again by levelling the south africa series

  • the_cricket_fan on January 10, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    jacques and sachin both of them have crossed their 35th yet they are playing like youngster like in his early twenties,,,,temprament of both batsmen showed that they are not going to retired so early. Both of them have scored on all type of turfs on all part of the world,,,they have nothing to prove anything now,,,both batsmen are the pillars of their respective team. I would like to see jacques and sachin to play for more couple of years,,,they are playing high quality of cricket with their increasing age,,specially jacques kallis doing good in both forms of the game,,in both bating and bowling. Both of them proved that they are legends.

  • cricket_fan_1 on January 10, 2011, 4:25 GMT

    Thanks Kallis for the great innings on 4th day in Durban to save the series for SA.

  • cricket_fan_1 on January 10, 2011, 4:24 GMT

    Sure Sanga was not complaining about the rankings when SL was no. 3 test team by the same system. Nothing against Sanga, agree he played lot less than Kallis/Tendulkar but he only played in his comfort zone. All the 9 innings are at home and none away, to put the 99.28 in perspective. Out of the 6 tests this year at home for SL, 4 were draws, 1 Win and 1 Lose for SL.

  • cricket_fan_1 on January 10, 2011, 3:44 GMT

    Rankings are not important as long as the players are contributing to their team. If they contribute to the winning of their respective teams rankings will come automatically. Sachin is the Don and Kallis is the Sobers. Enjoy their cricket as long as they are playing.

  • ThilanDK on January 9, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    If those two test maches washed out against West Indies were played in Sri Lanka, there won't be anymore headline like this & Sanga will remain same as the No1 test batsmen... we all agree Sachin & Kallis are true legends of the game but it's very unfair when some teams are getting lots of matches compaired to the others in a year & doing rankings like this ...

  • first_slip on January 9, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    @NoCountry_for_OldMan, hilarious :: just pure jealousy....

  • on January 9, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    "Kallis makes sachin to stay in cricket for some more time"- well said

  • SamAsh07 on January 9, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    I don't know what people think or say but Kallis and Sachin are EQUAL, both are grandmasters, the only reason Sachin is ahead is because he started at an early age, otherwise, BOTH of them are true legends while Steyn is the legend-in-making. Kallis should've been taken by Mumbai Indians....imagine, Davy Jacobs, Sachin and then Kallis...Wow...

  • on January 9, 2011, 8:04 GMT

    sachin the mastereo made it again

  • on January 9, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    sachin the master occupied his place again by levelling the south africa series

  • on January 9, 2011, 5:31 GMT

    Sachin and jaque are greats.no doubt abt it.Sanga is almost there.Sanga will let the bat talk for him in 2011.so let the greats enjoy their moment until the next SL test.

  • titansnights on January 9, 2011, 5:01 GMT

    We people are gifted to watch these two greats at their best....In terms of batting, Sachin is obviously the best and when it comes to complete Cricketer, Kallis owns the crown...We couldnt watch Don or Sobers..But these two legends fulfilled our needs and giving us, their best..Its unbelievable to know that, Kallis practised nets on the eve of christmas day, which shows his dedication and professionalism.....At this rate, Kallis will overtake Sachin's tally of 51 centuries, in 2 yrs of play time, i.e when he turns 38, as there is no test match for 6 more months..but considering Sachin gonna tour WI,England,Australia this year, I expect Sachin to score atleast 10 more centuries and we can expect a close contest between these two in coming years...But Kallis not gonna quit, until he gives his 100%, to become the all criterion record holder.....LEGENDS OF GAME

  • on January 9, 2011, 4:31 GMT

    Lack of oppertunities hampered the Sanga's chances, but next year will be a challanging one for Kallis and Sachine as Sanga will get lots of oppetunities

  • on January 9, 2011, 4:22 GMT

    @NoCountry_for_OldMan and @Gulshan_Grover: pls read the stats Balumekka presented. Kallis and Sachin overtook Sangakkara not because he is lesser but because Sangakkara couldn't play any more matches.. whose fault is that???

  • Meety on January 9, 2011, 1:13 GMT

    I think the rankings are right on this occasion.

  • on January 8, 2011, 18:22 GMT

    Kallis makes sachin to stay in cricket for some more time. Its good to see sachin to make few records and makes india proud.

  • SamRoy on January 8, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    Even though I am an Indian I readily admit that Sangakkara has been the best batsman in the 2006-2010 period. Just like Ricky Ponting was the best between 2002-2006 period. I just wish that GUY didn't have that jumbo sized ego and was more polite and down to earth like fellow greats Jayawardene and Murali. 'Cause when you have bowlers like Kulasekara, Thusara and Fernando playing test cricket you have a major problem and there is nothing to boast about your team. They are as good as Ajit Agarkar.

  • on January 8, 2011, 14:02 GMT

    go sachin go love you alooooot

  • on January 8, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    Awesome! Battle of Titans.. Nice to see the same in One-dayers too....

  • Rahul_Shrimal on January 8, 2011, 5:43 GMT

    Sachin & Kallis have proved that age is no barrier to success.

  • Ralp on January 8, 2011, 0:27 GMT

    Well done Sachin & Kallis. You deserve to be no. 1 with the kind of purple patch two of you are in. But all you out there.. no need to bash Sanga. In fact really pathetic to see all such comments. I mean comon..Sanga is only one point behind. And Sanga was heads and shoulders ahead of Sachin & Kallis for a very long time. So for those who really want to have a go at Sanga..have a blast now..as you will not be able to do it for very long...

  • fastcrew on January 8, 2011, 0:26 GMT

    Sachin and Kallis are BETTER than bradman. in those days, cricket was treated like "two square'" and "hop scotch"---No professional look. Sure he was a good batsman, but not great. SRT and kallis beat him by a mile.These two players are NO.1. IND are no.1. Aussies are NO.5

  • amanroy on January 8, 2011, 0:10 GMT

    Class act! Both deserve the place. But Sachin is the great one! :)

  • Dr.K.H.Iyer on January 8, 2011, 0:01 GMT

    Post Cold War Greats List: Batting:1)Sachin 2) Lara 3)Kallis 4)Ponting 5)Hayden! Bowling: 1) Glenn McGrath 2) Muralidaran 3) Steyn 4)Ambrose 5)Warne/Kumble! All Rounders: 1) Kallis 2)Pollock 3)Vettori 4) Akram 5) Cairns! Kallis is the more valuable cricketer! Sachin the best bat! Now Steyn is the best bowler in cricket! The fact that only the best sizzled and the rest fizzled shows the high quality of the recently concluded series! Need mmore such series!! Thoughts???

  • Test_Cricket_Best_Cricket on January 7, 2011, 23:58 GMT

    @ Rahul Jha : I love Sachin's style and finesse... Bt a 5ft 5" heavyweight champion?!?! Lols.. Though i do believe he the best in the last yr.. Much better than our Punter or Jaques.. :)

  • on January 7, 2011, 23:21 GMT

    It is a justice done to two greatest players of all time. I congratulate both o f them. Kallis was the most under rated player till this recently concluded SA versus India test series. Now people have begun to talk good of Kallis. Justice comes late to Kallis. Better to be late than never.

  • on January 7, 2011, 23:01 GMT

    Great job Team India. Great team effort. but India should look for an alrounder like Kapil.

  • on January 7, 2011, 21:48 GMT

    Gr8 to see Sachin back to # 1 spot ...Hoping to see a lot of fireworks and runs from the Little champ in World Cup !! go Tendlya !!

  • Hema_Adhikari on January 7, 2011, 21:08 GMT

    Pretenders are out; contenders are in :) Happy 2011 all.

  • on January 7, 2011, 20:03 GMT

    Two of the best test batsmen share the numero uno position...great for cricket..

  • Koushik_Biswas on January 7, 2011, 20:01 GMT

    If we compare Kallis and SRT as cricketers, Kallis is naturally a more gifted cricketer because he is an all-rounder. He is, in fact, ranked #1 in ICC's all-rounder rankings as well! But if we compare them as batsmen, I must keep SRT well ahead of Kallis, just because of SRT's ODI feats. In the test arena, where grit, technique and patience are needed, both are equally capable of demonstrating the same. But in the limited over games, where you have to score quickly and improvise, SRT rocks. We are blessed to be living in the era where these two greats are making their marks. If anyone can surpass SRT's test records of centuries and runs, it is Kallis. ODI records? I see no one. Folks?

  • NoCountry_for_OldMan on January 7, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    So Sanga's stay at the top was pretty short. Well what can you do when you don't perform as well as you should and play airy fairly shots around the off stump. Plus Sachin is a genius and Kallis is nearly so, you can not keep them at bay for long. Quality wins at the end, people.

  • on January 7, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    Quite right too...2 legends jointly at the top, no one can dispute that they are streets ahead of the rest. Sachin deserves to be there for the way he combated Steyn's brilliant spell on the 3rd day, whilst Kallis single handedly denied India a famous series win. Their deeds far outweigh anything that took place in the Ashes!

  • on January 7, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    The most valuable stats for a player is the rate at which he gets Man of the Match (MOM) bcz it is given based on impact of player's runs / wickets on that game. Kallis being an all rounder is supposed to impact game more than SRT (a pure batsman) so in TESTS he has much better rate of getting MOM i.e. MOM every 6.6 matches whereas SRT has got MOM at the rate of MOM every 12.6 matches and Dravid has got MOM at the rate of MOM every 16.6 matches. On the contrary in ODIs SRT has got MOM at the rate of MOM every 7.2 matches, Kallis has got MOM at rate of MOM every 9.6 matches and Dravid has got MOM at rate of MOM every 24 matches. ............................................ In tests Kallis impacts the game more whereas in ODIs SRT is the finest ever cricketer (despite not being an all-rounder). Dravid is a definitely a liability in ODI whereas he is not good enough in tests either. When u combine performance in all formats of the game SRT is the finest ever cricketer.

  • Gulshan_Grover on January 7, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    Quite appropriately too as others don't belong to same class of Sachin and Kallis. Sangkkara has scored most of his centuries in and around Colombo which is a mind boggling home advantage stats.

  • on January 7, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    thts grt............ india is still no. 1.................

  • on January 7, 2011, 17:37 GMT

    The 10 time World Heavyweight Champion: Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar!

  • on January 7, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    he deserves it............

  • on January 7, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    Wow, both number 1. We should have a superover. Just kidding. Both of them are champions and deserve it.

  • on January 7, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    Kallis deserved this place . well done kallis save the SA from the serie loss.

  • Balumekka on January 7, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    Well done Sachin and Kallis!!!! Poor Sanga, who has only played 9 innings and averages 99.28 in 2010 as Sachin played 23 innings (avg. 78) and Kallis played 19 innings (avg. 79). This is what Sanga said last year about the necessity of a fair system that gives equal opportunities for all teams!!!!!

  • on January 7, 2011, 16:09 GMT

    two gr8 persons of test cricket !!!! sachin regained his top position in test after a long tym.

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  • on January 7, 2011, 16:09 GMT

    two gr8 persons of test cricket !!!! sachin regained his top position in test after a long tym.

  • Balumekka on January 7, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    Well done Sachin and Kallis!!!! Poor Sanga, who has only played 9 innings and averages 99.28 in 2010 as Sachin played 23 innings (avg. 78) and Kallis played 19 innings (avg. 79). This is what Sanga said last year about the necessity of a fair system that gives equal opportunities for all teams!!!!!

  • on January 7, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    Kallis deserved this place . well done kallis save the SA from the serie loss.

  • on January 7, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    Wow, both number 1. We should have a superover. Just kidding. Both of them are champions and deserve it.

  • on January 7, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    he deserves it............

  • on January 7, 2011, 17:37 GMT

    The 10 time World Heavyweight Champion: Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar!

  • on January 7, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    thts grt............ india is still no. 1.................

  • Gulshan_Grover on January 7, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    Quite appropriately too as others don't belong to same class of Sachin and Kallis. Sangkkara has scored most of his centuries in and around Colombo which is a mind boggling home advantage stats.

  • on January 7, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    The most valuable stats for a player is the rate at which he gets Man of the Match (MOM) bcz it is given based on impact of player's runs / wickets on that game. Kallis being an all rounder is supposed to impact game more than SRT (a pure batsman) so in TESTS he has much better rate of getting MOM i.e. MOM every 6.6 matches whereas SRT has got MOM at the rate of MOM every 12.6 matches and Dravid has got MOM at the rate of MOM every 16.6 matches. On the contrary in ODIs SRT has got MOM at the rate of MOM every 7.2 matches, Kallis has got MOM at rate of MOM every 9.6 matches and Dravid has got MOM at rate of MOM every 24 matches. ............................................ In tests Kallis impacts the game more whereas in ODIs SRT is the finest ever cricketer (despite not being an all-rounder). Dravid is a definitely a liability in ODI whereas he is not good enough in tests either. When u combine performance in all formats of the game SRT is the finest ever cricketer.

  • on January 7, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    Quite right too...2 legends jointly at the top, no one can dispute that they are streets ahead of the rest. Sachin deserves to be there for the way he combated Steyn's brilliant spell on the 3rd day, whilst Kallis single handedly denied India a famous series win. Their deeds far outweigh anything that took place in the Ashes!