Joe Root Returns To 5, Rishabh Pant Attains 13th Position Becoming Top Ranked Keeper
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Joe Root Returns To 5, Rishabh Pant Attains 13th Position Becoming Top Ranked Keeper

Joe Root,
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Joe Root, England skipper and Rishabh Pant, India’s wicket-keeper batsman have made considerable gains in the latest ICC men’s Test player rankings after their match-winning performances in Brisbane and Galle respectively.

Left-hander Rishabh Pant’s unbeaten 89 on 5th day in Brisbane guided India to a sensational three-wicket victory over Australia and that sees him attain a career-best 13th position to become the top-ranked wicketkeeper in the batting rankings with 691 points. South Africa’s skipper Quinton de Kock is the next wicketkeeper in the list in 15th position with 677 points.

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Joe Root Returned To Top 5 With 783 Points

Joe Root, a formerly top-ranked batsman, has returned to the top five with his highest rating points tally (783) in two years after scoring a first-innings 228 to help England win the first Test against Sri Lanka by seven wickets.
Joe Root has overtaken the likes of Pakistan’s skipper Babar Azam who is 6th and India’s Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara who is 7th in the process.

Joe Root
Joe Root. Twitter

Shubman Gill who debuted in Tests against Australia continued his upward trajectory, moving from 68th to 47th after scoring a crucial 91 in the second innings, while Cheteshwar Pujara progressed one place to seventh position after his resilient effort and pacer Mohammad Siraj jumped 32 places to 45th position after taking six wickets in the match, including a five-wicket haul in the second innings.

Marnus Labuschagne Is 3rd With 878 Points While Tim Paine Is 42nd With 555 Points

Australia batsman Marnus Labuschagne’s first-innings century took him past Virat Kohli to third position with a career-best 878 rating points, while captain Tim Paine moved up three spots to 42nd after scores of 50 and 27 while fast bowler Josh Hazlewood leapfrogged New Zealander Tim Southee to the fourth spot after grabbing six wickets in the match, including a haul of five for 57 in the first innings. Pat Cummins, Man of Series, is atop the bowler’s rankings with 908 points.

Debutant Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur too had something to cheer about after useful contributions with both bat and ball. The spin all-rounder Washington Sundar entered the rankings in 82nd (batting) and 97th (bowling) positions, while pacer Shardul Thakur re-entered the batting list in 113th position and the bowling list in 65th position.

Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur
Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur

England spinners Jack Leach and Dominic Bess made notable progress after their five-wicket hauls in Galle. Jack Leach’s second innings return of five for 122 lifted him three places to 40th while Dominic Bess’s first innings analysis of five for 30 took him from 67th to 50th. England batsman Jonny Bairstow (up five places to 58th in batting) and all-rounder Sam Curran (up two places to 39th in bowling) also gained places.

For Sri Lanka, batsman Lahiru Thirimanne’s second innings century helped him progress 12 places to 87th position while left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya (up six places to 47th) and medium-pace bowler Asitha Fernando (up 11 places to 96th) were the main gainers.