Rohit Sharma, Indian opener has progressed six places to attain a career-best eighth position in the ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings after a fine performance in the low-scoring third Test against England in Ahmedabad that the home side won by 10 wickets to take a 2-1 lead in the four-match series.
Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin have also made rapid strides while England’s Joe Root and Jack Leach also have moved up after shining with the ball in Ahmedabad.
Rohit Sharma Scores 66 And 25* After 161 In 2nd Test At Chennai
Rohit Sharma top-scored in the first innings with 66 and remained unbeaten on 25 in the second to move ahead of compatriot Cheteshwar Pujara among others. His rating points aggregate is 742, 20 more than his best of 722 in October 2019 when he was ranked 10th.
Rohit Sharma’s sublime form made sure that he leapfrogs six places to move to the eighth position, while Cheteshwar Pujara has slipped to the tenth position. Rohit Sharma was the top scorer in both the last Tests after scoring 161 and 26 at Chennai in the 2nd Test. He didn’t play the limited over games and first 2 Tests of the Australian tour for being sidelined due to a hamstring injury suffered during IPL 2020.
Axar Patel Reaches 38th Position And Ravichandran Ashwin Is At 3rd Spot
Spinners Axar Patel, the Man of Match in the 3rd Test, and Ravichandran Ashwin have also made solid gains after helping carve out a crucial win that helped India remain in contention for the ICC World Test Championship final.
In bowling rankings, Ravichandran Ashwin has moved four spots and he now sits at the third spot in the Test rankings. Left-arm spinner Axar Patel’s 11-wicket match haul has helped him gain 30 slots to reach the 38th position while off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin who took seven wickets has moved up four places to the third position.
England spinner Jack Leach has entered the top 30 for the first time, as he moved up three places to 28th after taking four scalps. Captain Joe Root’s maiden five-wicket haul in Tests has lifted him 16 places to 72nd among bowlers while he is now joint-13th among all-rounders. Opener Zak Crawley who top-scored with 53 in the first innings advanced 15 places to 46th in what was the only notable gain for any of England’s batsmen.
New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson is currently ranked as the number one Test batsmen while Australian pacer Pat Cummins heads the bowling rankings. Indian skipper Virat Kohli is at the fifth spot in the batting rankings, while Cheteshwar Pujara has slipped to the tenth spot.