Cheteshwar Pujara Beats Babar Azam In The Latest ICC Test Rankings
By CricShots - Jan 30, 2021 5:17 pm
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The Indian Test specialist, Cheteshwar Pujara has gone past Pakistan skipper Babar Azam to reach sixth place in the latest ICC Test batting rankings released on Saturday. India’s Test deputy skipper, Ajinkya Rahane has also taken a leap of a place. Often criticized for his slow approach, Pujara just frustrated the Australian bowlers with his relentless batting in the fourth Test against Australia to help set the stage for India’s historic win at Australia’s Gabbatoire. 

cheteshwar pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara 

On the other hand, Rahane played the captain’s knock in the second Test to see India home and as a result, he jumped to 8th place. The Indian skipper, Virat Kohli and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson have retained their fourth and first positions respectively, while the English all-rounder Ben Stokes who was rested for Sri Lanka Tests has moved down two places to tenth position in the batting rankings.

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In the bowling rankings, Indian bowlers Ravichandran Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah have managed to retain their respective eighth and ninth positions, while England pacer James Anderson took a leap of a place at number six. Earlier, he became the second fast bowler after the great Richard Hadlee to take 30 fifers in the longest format of the game. He is sixth on the overall list. Anderson achieved the feat in the second Test against Sri Lanka at the Galle International Stadium.

James Anderson

Earlier this week, Ireland all-rounder Paul Stirling also witnessed the jump of eight slots in the ODI batting rankings to reach 20th place, after scoring 285 runs against Afghanistan which included centuries in the second and third matches.

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Bangladesh spinner Mehidy Hasan Miraz also managed to leapfrog nine positions (ODI bowling rankings) to take the fourth position after grabbing seven wickets, including a haul of four for 25 in the second ODI against West Indies that won him the player of the match award.