Indian captain Virat Kohli on Tuesday jumped one place to climb to second place in the ICC Test ranking. The latest rankings have also seen Indian batsmen Chesteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane reach the top 10 positions in the list. While Pujara was put at the no. 7th position with 766 points, and it was Rahane at the nr. 10th position with 726 points.
Kohli fell less than Australian star batsman Steve Smith by 25 points. While Smith was at the top position in the newest rankings with 911 points, Kohli was at the second position with 886 ranking points.
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Meanwhile, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson dropped a step to third place. He is followed by young Australian batsman Marnus Labuschagne, Pakistani Babar Azam and injured David Warner.
In the bowling department, Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah (779) and outside spinner Ravichandran Ashwin were the only two Indians at the top. While Bumrah was at the no. 8th position with 779 points, it was Ashwin at the nr. 10 position with 756) points. Australian Pat Cummins is currently at the top position with 904 points, followed by England’s Stuart Broad and New Zealand’s Neil Wagner.
Two other Indians – Ravindra Jadeja and Ashwin – also appear in the top-10 list for ICC Test rankings for generals, which is surpassed by Stokes.
While Jadeja is placed third on the charts with 397 rating points behind Jason Holder of the Caribbean, Ashwin is sixth with 281 points. In the ICC Test rankings for teams, India are currently third after New Zealand jumped to second place after their recent 2-0 series win over the Caribbean.
India has 114 points, two points behind New Zealand and Australia, both of which have 116 points, but the Australians are ahead by decimal points. England is fourth ahead of Sri Lanka, South Africa, Pakistan, the Caribbean, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.
But India have a chance to climb the rank ladder as it faces Australia in the four-match Test series, starting Thursday in Adelaide.
(With PTI inputs)