5 Indian legends to never achieve World Number 1 spot in ICC Ranking

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VVS Laxman

VVS Laxman is among the greatest Indian batters to play Test cricket and the hero behind some of the India's most famous wins in the longest format of the game but still never climbed to the top of the ICC batting rankings.

VVS Laxman is fifth on the list interms of scoring the most runs in first-class cricket among the Indians

VVS Laxman's highest ranking in the ICC test batting rankings has been number six in his career while he never went above in his short ODI career.

VVS Laxman is fifth in the list in terms of scoring the most test runs for India against South Africa | Image - X

Mohammed Shami

Mohammed Shami is a modern-day legend and one of India's finest all-format pacers with more than 400 international wickets to his name but never got the top spot as far as ICC rankings are concerned.

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In ICC rankings for bowlers, Mohammed Shami has had a peak ranking of 7 in Test cricket, 9 in ODIs and 84 in T20Is.

Mohammed Shami is fifth on the list in terms of taking the second most test wickets for India against South Africa | Image - AFP/Getty

Yuvraj Singh

Yuvraj Singh, arguably India's greatest white-ball match-winner and the star of the 2007 T20 World Cup and 2011 World Cup victory, never got the top spot in the ICC rankings.

Yuvraj Singh | Sportz Point

Yuvraj Singh had a peak ODI ranking of 2, a best 3 in T20Is and 44 in test as far as batting is concerned. Yuvraj also got a peak 2 and 3 spot in the all-rounder rankings in ODI and T20Is.

Yuvraj Singh | Sportz Point

Sourav Ganguly

Sourav Ganguly, one of the India's greatest ever captains and left-handed batters never got the top spot in ICC rankings. Sourav Ganguly had a highest Test batting ranking of number eight and number 2 in ODI cricket. He also got the number 12 and 6 spot in all-rounder ranking at one point in his career.

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Zaheer Khan

Zaheer Khan, the hero of India's 2011 World Cup win and one of the greatest pacers ever to play for the country never managed to achieve the top spot in ICC rankings.

Zaheer Khan | Sportz Point

Zaheer Khan's highest ranking in the ICC bowlers ranking was a number three and seven spot respectively in Test and ODIs. As far as T20I is concerned, his peak was of the number 20 rank.

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Zaheer Khan | Sportz Point