Ojha, Pujara move up in Test rankings
20 November 2012
Dubai/MUMBAI/COLOMBO, 20 Nov: Indian left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha, who starred with a nine-wicket haul in the first Test against England, rose nine places to break into the top-five of the latest ICC rankings issued here today. The 26-year-old recorded match figures of 77.2-24-165-9 in the game India won by nine wickets in Ahmedabad to take a 1-0 lead in the four-match series.
The other Indian in the top-20 are pace spearhead Zaheer Khan (up one place to 14th and off-spinner R Ashwin (steady at 18th). Not a single Indian features in the top-20 of ICC's batting chart but Cheteshwar Pujara, who struck a doubled hundred in the Ahmedabad Test, has rocketed 35 places to the 24th position. England captain Alastair Cook, who scored a gutsy 176 in his side's second innings, has returned to the top 10 by rising four places to seventh. Matt Prior, on the other hand, has become the fifth England batsman inside the top 20 after achieving a career-best ranking of 18th. Indian opener Virender Sehwag is in the 22nd position after gaining one place.
New book on Tendulkar
A new book on batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar is to be launched here Thursday by former cricketer Rahul Dravid. Titled 'Sachin: Born to Bat,' the book is written by veteran journalist Khalid A.H. Ansari and edited by sports scribe Clayton Murzello. Another book by Makarand Waingankar titled Yuvi, on Yuvraj Singh, was released on Tuesday.
Haroon Lorgat, the former International Cricket Council chief executive, has recommended action to review “laws that create potential for government interference” in Sri Lanka Cricket. Lorgat was employed by SLC to recommend ways to induce more professionalism into the governing body. pti