India wins $ 175,000 for finishing as number 1-ranked Test team


India and Australia have won $ 175,000 each for finishing as the number one-ranked sides in Test and ODI Championship tables, respectively, at the April 1, 2011 cut-off date, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said.

India (128 points) has been sitting on top of the Test Championship table since December 2009 while Australia (129 points) has been occupying the number one position on the ODI Championship table since leapfrogging South Africa and India in September 2009.

India has also pocketed $ 75,000 for finishing as the second-ranked ODI team while South Africa has also earned $ 75,000 for ending in second position in the Test Championship table at the cut-off date, the ICC said in a statement yesterday.

Australia's Shane Watson has become the top-ranked ODI all-rounder and has also achieved a career-best ranking to date in the ICC ODI Rankings which were released yesterday.

Watson has pipped Shakib Al Hasan to the number one position in the all-rounders' rankings after taking three wickets and scoring 294 runs in the series. He now leads the Bangladesh captain by a comfortable 44 points margin, it said.

In the ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen, India's Virat Kohli lost two places to slip to eighth while captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar lost one spot each to be at ninth and 10th, respectively.

South African Hashim Amla maintained his top spot in the batting charts while New Zealand's Daniel Vettori continued at the top of bowling list.

No Indian is in the top 10 in bowling chart with Zaheer Khan at 14th.


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