The International Cricket Council announced its new player rankings on Wednesday where India skipper Virat Kohli dropped down to the No. 4 spot after missing three of the four matches of the series but it also marked the rise of Rishabh Pant who was placed 13th in the Icc test rankings(batsman).
What’s impressive is that Pant is the highest-ranked wicket-keeper batsman in the tally of batters. In the ICC Test rankings for batsmen, New Zealand skipper K Williamson occupies the first spot with 919 points to his name while Steve Smith sits second with 891 rating points.
Pant, the top-ranked keeper on the batting charts, climbed to a career high No.13 after his 89 not out at the Gabba sealed a famous series win for India.
Root, meanwhile, returned to the top five with his highest ratings points tally in two years, as his first innings 228 against Sri Lanka was enough to push him up six places, overtaking the likes of C Pujara and Babar Azam.
England captain Joe Root completes the top 5 having gained 6 places. As far as Indian batters are concerned, Cheteshwar Pujara occupies the No. 7 spot.
M Labuschagne also saw a big rise in his points tally for batters, climbing to the No. 3 spot with 878 points to his name followed by Virat Kohli who now has 862 points.
Mohammed Siraj, who made his debut during the second Test in Melbourne, jumped up 32 spots to 45th in the bowlers rankings after he took a five-wicket haul in Brisbane.
ICC Test Rankings for bowlers:
Aussie speedster Pat Cummins continues to rock at the 1st spot in the bowlers’ rankings. He was named the man of the series in the 4-match assignment against India where he claimed 21 wickets.