Bravo up 14 spots in rankings

Mumbai, India -- West Indies batsman Darren Bravo has moved up 14 places in the ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen following the third and final Test against India at the Wankhede Stadium.

The 22-year-old Trinidad & Tobago left-hander now sits just outside the top 20 in 21st position, thanks to his knocks of 166 and 48 in the match, which ended in a thrilling draw on Saturday.

Veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who did not play in the Mumbai Test because of injury, remains the highest ranked West Indian at No. 10, jointly with another left-hander, Graeme Smith, the South African captain.

India spinner Pragyan Ojha has broken into the top 15 of the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers for the first time in his career following a high-quality performance in the same Test.

Slow left-armer Ojha took seven wickets in the match, including six for 47 in the second innings, and as a result has earned himself 11 places on the rankings and now sits in 15th place, just ahead of Australia’s Peter Siddle.

The news is not so good for Ojha’s team-mate Ishant Sharma, who has slipped three places to 20th position after taking just one wicket in the match.

Meanwhile, India have closed the gap on England at the top of the ICC Test Team table to seven points after the series win over the West Indies.

India, who are ranked six places above the men from the Caribbean, gained one ratings point for the 2-0 series win and move up to 118 ratings points, compared to the 125 points of England.

West Indies remain on 88 points despite the defeat, reflecting the weighting given when teams those who are higher up on the table.

Sun, 11/27/2011 - 13:01