Following the poor showdowns by the Indian Cricket Team players drop in ICC Test Rankings after their overseas debacle. Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli‘s sombre performances in the recently concluded five-match Test series against England resulted in them dropping down in the International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings for Test batsmen, as a result of their side’s 1-3 series defeat. Kohli, believed to be the next Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar and Cheteshwar Pujara, believed to be the next Rahul Sharad Dravid, failed miserably in the Test abroad. Both of them, renowned for their qualities of batting well in adverse and harsh conditions abroad, somehow were not capable of showcasing their talents in full array.
While Pujara dropped four places to secure the 16th spot, Kohli slid down further five places to succumb to tally to 26th. Pujara, however, quite mysteriously, remains India’s highest-ranked batsman in the table.
India’s second highest run getter and arguably the most successful batsman of the last series, the skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni wrapped up the series in a not-so coveted 28th position, climbing four places up. The skipper scored four half-centuries with a best of 82 during the tour.
Meanwhile, in the bowler’s side of rankings, Ravichandran Ashwin‘s figures of 3/72 in the last Test at The Oval helped him justify a place to be ranked at 13th. However, Ashwin lost the top spot in the all-rounders rankings to give way to Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan.
It may be the adverse weather conditions coupled with abrupt wear and tear of the 22 yards or the lack of practice that might be the well deserving reason behind India’s impecunious loss abroad, but the underlying fact that still haunts the Indian men in blue is the vitality to search out the root cause of such a humiliating loss and immediately recover it as it is the need of the hour. Otherwise, people of this nation are going to be insomniac as the World Cup 2015 is just knocking its way at the door, and if this continues, Mother India, much like the outcome of this series, is going to perceive her loss even in the day of her Independence anniversary.
ICC rankings for Test batsmen –
1. Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) 915 points
2. AB de Villiers (South Africa) 888
7. Michael Clarke (Australia) 818
ICC rankings for Test bowlers –
1. Dale Steyn (South Africa) 907
2. Ryan Harris (Australia) 870
3. Rangana Herath (Sri Lanka) 851
4. Mitchell Johnson (Australia) 844
5. James Anderson (England) 806
6. Vernon Philander (South Africa) 785
7. Tim Southee (New Zealand) 783
8. Stuart Broad (England) 774
9. Saeed Ajmal (Pakistan) 762
10. Trent Boult (New Zealand) 737
ICC rankings for Test all-rounders:-
1. Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh) 364
2. Ravichandran Ashwin (India) 357
3. Vernon Philander (South Africa) 348
4. Stuart Broad (England) 296
5. Mitchell Johnson (Australia) 280