Virat Kohli, the Indian captain, has successfully retained his fifth place with 814 rating points under his belt in the latest update of the ICC Test rankings. India’s wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant, who has had a dream run in the Test format in the last few months has also created history. Pant became the first Indian wicket-keeper batsman to break into the top-10, which even former skipper MS Dhoni couldn’t achieve in his career.Also Read - 26/11 Mumbai Attacks Main LeT Operator Earlier Claimed Dead, Now Arrested In Pakistan
The southpaw now shares sixth place with Rohit Sharma and New Zealand batsman Henry Nicholls – with career-best rating points of 747. Pant scored 274 runs in the three-Test matches he played against Australia and then amassed 270 runs in the four-Test matches against England. Also Read - ICC AGM: PCB to Challenge IPL's Proposed Extended Window
On the other hand, Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne has closed in on the top 10 in the latest update of ICC Test Rankings. Karunaratne amassed 428 runs in the two-Test matches at a gargantuan average of 142.67 against Bangladesh. The opening southpaw batsman scored knocks of 118 and 66 in the second Test match against the Tigers, which the Island nation won by a mammoth margin of 209 runs. Also Read - India vs Leicestershire Highlights 4-Day Test Scorecard: Gill-Bharat Take India To 80/1 At Stumps On Day 2
Thus, the left-hander has taken a leap of four places in the Test rankings and is now placed at the 11th spot. New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson continues to be at the pole position in the rankings with 919 rating points.
Niroshan Dickwella (up to four places to 31st), Oshada Fernando (up 10 places to 58th) and Lahiru Thirimanne (up 13 places to 60th) are the other Sri Lanka batsmen who have gained in the rankings table.
On the other hand, Sri Lanka’s spinner Praveen Jayawickrama had a dream debut Test match. He became the first bowler to take two five-wicket hauls on Test debut in 33 years after he returned with figures of 11-178. Thus, the 22-year old left-arm orthodox has entered the rankings at 48th place.
Bangladesh talisman opening batsman Tamim Iqbal’s knocks of 92 and 24 in the second Test have helped him jump three places to reach the 27th position. On the other hand, wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim and captain Mominul Haque have gained a slot each to reach 21st and 30th positions, respectively.
Meanwhile, Pakistan’s fast bowler Hasan Ali also made upward movement in the rankings. Ali scalped nine for 89 against Zimbabwe, which has helped move up by 15 places to occupy the career-best rank of 20. Left-arm fast bowler Shaheen Afridi (up to two places to 31st) and left-arm spinner Nauman Ali (up 12 places to 54th) are the other Pakistan bowlers who have gained in the rankings.
Fawad Alam, who continued his dream form with his knock of 140, has made a gain of 31 places to take the career-best 47th place in the rankings.