Indian players dominate ICC Test rankings, Ashwin and Pant jump


New Delhi: In the recently concluded Test series against England, Indian players have got the benefit of good performance in the Test rankings released by the ICC. Indian wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant, who scored a century in the fourth Test, has reached his career-best seventh position in the list of batsmen in the Test rankings released on Wednesday.

Had scored a century in Ahmedabad test

Pant (Rishabh Pant) played a match-winning innings of 101 runs in Ahmedabad Test and now he has got the advantage of seven places in the ranking. With his brilliant innings, India won the fourth match by an innings and 25 runs and made the series 3–1. The 23-year-old player is now seventh in the batting rankings along with compatriot Rohit Sharma and New Zealand’s Henry Nicholls. Rohit has also moved up one place in the ranking.

Beautiful also benefited

Washington Sundar, who played a key role in leading India to the finals of the ICC World Test Championship, has jumped 39 places and reached 62nd place. But captain Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara could not perform very well in this series. Kohli remains at the fifth position but this is his lowest rating point since November 2017. At the same time, Pujara has slipped to 13th position and for the first time since September 2016, his rating points have gone below 700.

Ashwin-Akshar has a big advantage

Indian spinners Ravichandran Ashwin (R Ashwin) and Akshar Patel (Axar Patel), who have created awe among England’s batsmen, have made a good improvement in the rankings of bowlers. Ashwin, who was elected Man of the Series against England, has now moved to second place, leaving behind Neil Wagner of New Zealand. He has reached this place for the first time since August 2017. While in the list of all-rounders, Shakib Al Hasan is fourth above Shakib Al Hasan.

Axar Patel took nine wickets in the fourth Test, making him eight places up to 30th position with 552 points. After his first three Tests, only two bowlers – former Indian leg-spinner Narendra Hirwani (564) and Australian fast bowler Charlie Turner (553) – got more rating points than him. Turner played in the 19th century.

Among England players, Dan Lawrence has moved up to 93rd position in the batsmen’s list with a gain of 47 places, while James Anderson has moved up two places to fourth in the bowlers’ table.


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