In the latest ICC rankings unveiled on Wednesday, India’s seasoned off-spinner, Ravichandran Ashwin, retained his top spot among bowlers, while his teammate Jasprit Bumrah surged to fourth place. Ashwin’s impressive performance in the first Test against England, where he claimed six wickets, elevated his points tally to 853, maintaining his dominance in the rankings.
Jasprit Bumrah’s stellar five-wicket haul in the same match propelled him to fourth place with 825 points, showcasing his prowess in Test cricket. Adding to India’s bowling prowess, Ravindra Jadeja secured the sixth spot in the rankings, further solidifying India’s stronghold in the bowling department.
Moreover, Jadeja’s exceptional all-round skills have earned him a significant lead in the Test all-rounders’ list, highlighting his versatility on the field. On the English side, Joe Root’s remarkable display with both bat and ball in the first Test saw him climb to fourth place in the all-rounders’ rankings, a testament to his multifaceted abilities.
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Root’s career-best rating in the Test all-rounders’ list places him behind Ashwin and Shakib-al-Hasan, as Axar Patel slipped to sixth position. In the batting rankings, Indian skipper Virat Kohli ascended to sixth place, showcasing his consistency and prowess with the bat.
Here are the latest ICC test rankings.
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Meanwhile, English vice-captain Ollie Pope’s magnificent innings of 196 propelled him 15 spots to secure the 15th position, underlining his emergence as a formidable batsman in Test cricket. Ben Duckett, the English opening batter, also made significant strides in the rankings, gaining five spots to reach the 22nd position.
In the Australian camp, Usman Khawaja’s impressive fifty in the second Test against the West Indies at the Gabba propelled him two spots to eighth position in the rankings.
The West Indies’ bowling contingent also witnessed notable improvements in the rankings, with Kemar Roach advancing two spots to 17th place, Alzarri Joseph climbing four spots to 33rd, and Shamar Joseph surging a remarkable 42 spots to become the 50th-ranked bowler in Test cricket, following his heroic performance at the Gabba.