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Old 12-25-2008, 01:05 PM
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Thumbs up Gambhir on a new high

A stellar performance in the two-match Test series against England has seen Gautam Gambhir breaking into the top ten of the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen for the first time in his career.

The 27-year-old from New Delhi made 179 and 97 in the second Test against England in Mohali and that catapulted him 10 places in the rankings to become the highest-ranked India batsman, in 10th place.

Gambhir, who was in 37th spot in October, has climbed 27 places after scoring 824 runs in his last five Tests at an average of 82.4.

While Gambhir has moved in the right direction, his teammates Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar and V.V.S. Laxman have slipped in the latest rankings. Rahul Dravid climbed two places to 28th while Yuvraj Singh has jumped 10 places to 46th.

In the player rankings for Test bowlers, Australia’s Mitchell Johnson has broken into the top five for the first time after his Man of the Match performance in the Perth Test.

India’s player of the series against England, Zaheer Khan, has gained two places in the rankings to 12th position while his teammate Harbhajan Singh has gone up two places to eighth.
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