Indian cricket team Virat Kohli remained the highest-placed Indian batsman at the fourth position even as Cheteshwar Pujara rose a rung to sixth in the latest ICC Test rankings released on Saturday. Meanwhile, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson – 919 points – continued to lead the batting charts, with the Australian duo of Steve Smith – 891 points – and Marnus Labuschagne – 878 points – rounding up the top three. England skipper Joe Root – 823 points, who was adjudged the Player of the Series in the recently-concluded two-match rubber versus Sri Lanka, retained the fifth spot. Also Read - India Head Coach Ravi Shastri on Life in Bio-bubble: Building Bonds, Talking Cricket, Understanding Each Other
Apart from Kohli – 862 points – and Pujara – 760 points, Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane – 748 points – is the other Indian batsman in the top-10, hanging on to the eighth spot. Pujara moved up one place to sixth, while wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant and star opener Rohit Sharma remained static on the 13th and 18th spots respectively. Also Read - IPL 2021: Punjab Kings Full Schedule, Squad, Match Timings, Venues - All You Need to Know
Other than this, former Pakistan captain Azhar Ali also break into the top 15 with scores of 51 and 31* in the first Test in Karachi. Pakistan beat South Africa by seven wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the series. Newly-appointed skipper Babar Azam dropped to the seventh position – 755 points – after an average outing in the Karachi Test. Also Read - IPL 2021 Schedule: MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings Full Schedule, CSK Squad 2021
Among the bowlers, veteran spinner Ravichandran Ashwin – 760 points – and pace ace Jasprit Bumrah – 757 points – retained their eighth and ninth spots respectively.
Pat Cummins – 908 points – dominates the chart followed by England pacer Stuart Broad – 839 points – and New Zealand’s Neil Wagner – 835 points. Ravindra Jadeja – 419 points – and Ashwin – 281 points – also retained third and sixth place, respectively, in the all-rounders’ list led by England’s Ben Stokes (427).
In the all-rounder’s tally – Ben Stokes continues to dominate the proceedings with 427 points. He is followed by West Indies captain Jason Holder – 423 points – and India’s premier player Ravindra Jadeja – 419 points. Shakib Al Hasan – 366 points – and Kyle Jamieson – 293 points – round the top-five list.