Dubai, Dec 13: India's middle-order mainstays, Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid, and pace spearhead, Zaheer Khan, lost a place each in the latest ICC Test rankings released on Tuesday.
While Tendulkar dropped to seventh from sixth, Dravid was ninth. Zaheer was placed sixth in the latest rankings for bowlers.
As far as overall is concerned, a 2-0 result in South Africa's favour in the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka could see them leapfrog India into the second position.
The teams ranking on the Championship table will largely depend on how the upcoming Australia-India Test series pans out.
However, if Sri Lanka manage to beat South Africa by a 1-0 margin or better, it might put them ahead of Australia in fourth position.
In the batting chart, Pakistan's Younis Khan has moved up 11 places to claim fifth position behind Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara, South Africa's Jacques Kallis and England duo, Alastair Cook and Ian Bell.
The bowlers list is headed by South Africa's Dale Steyn with England's James Anderson second and Morne Morkel of South Africa third.