India wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant has added another feather to his crown and it is former Indian captain, MS Dhoni, again who he has surpassed. Pant has pipped MS Dhoni to achieve the highest-ever Test Batting ICC Rating For an Indian wicketkeeper. Pant’s unbeaten 159 against Australia in Sydney has seen him jump 21 spots and earn a career-best 673 rating points, surpassing MS Dhoni’s career-best record of 662 points and Farokh Engineer’s mark of 619.
Pant even scored more than World No 1 batsman Virat Kohli in terms of runs scored in the four-match Test series apart from becoming the first Indian and Asian wicket-keeper to slam a century on Australian soil. Young Pant made his debut just last year in the Test scheme of things and has already scored 700 runs comprising of to centuries. His maiden ton was in England.
Meanwhile, Man of the Series and Match at SCG has merely gone up by a spot in the ratings, he is at the third spot, moving ahead of banned Steve Smith.
ICC Test Rankings
1) Virat Kohli (Ind) – 922 points
2) Kane Williamson (NZ) – 897
3) Cheteshwar Pujara (Ind) – 881
4) Steve Smith (Aus) – 874
5) Joe Root (Eng) – 807
6) David Warner (Aus) – 772
7) Henry Nicholls (NZ) – 763
8) Dean Elgar (SAF) – 727
9) Dimuth Karunaratne (SL) – 715
10) Aiden Markram (SAF) – 698
1) Kagiso Rabada (SAF) – 893 points
2) James Anderson (Eng) – 874
=3) Vernon Philander (SAF) – 804
=3) Pat Cummins (Aus) – 804
5) Ravindra Jadeja (Ind) – 794
6) Mohammad Abbas (Pak) – 789
7) Trent Boult (NZ) – 771
8) Tim Southee (NZ) – 767
9) Ravi Ashwin (Ind) – 763
10) Jason Holder (WI) – 751
Virat Kohli maintains his No 1 spot, despite not having a series in terms of batting like he would have liked but that did the job as his team created history by becoming the first sub-continent team in 71 years to win a Test series Down Under.
Meanwhile, the three ODIs against Australia will start on January 12 at the SCG, which will be followed by the second ODI slated for Jan 15 (Adelaide) and finally, the third ODI will take place on Jan 18 (MCG).
After which the India team will travel to New Zealand for a limited overs series. India will play five ODIs and three T20Is. The first ODI will be played on January 23 at Napier.