Virat Kohli, Indian captain retained his fifth spot while teammates Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant were joint sixth in the latest ICC Test rankings for batsmen.
New Zealand’s double centurion Test debutant Devon Conway entered the Test batting rankings at 77th position in the list headed by his captain Kane Williamson on 895 rating points. Devon Conway hit 200 off 347 in New Zealand’s first innings in the drawn first Test against England at Lord’s.
Virat Kohli Has 814 Points Behind Joe Root Who Has 836 Rating Points
Virat Kohli, who will lead India in the World Test Championship final against New Zealand from June 18 and the five-match Test series against England, has 814 points behind England skipper Joe Root (836). India skipper Virat Kohli, wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, and opener Rohit Sharma are the only Indian batsmen in the top 10. Cheteshwar Pujara is 13th while Ajinkya Rahane is 15th on the list.
Rishabh Pant and Rohit Sharma, who gained one spot, have 747 rating points each. Opener Devon Conway has entered the ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings in 77th position with a record 447 rating points, the highest for a New Zealand batsman on debut and the third-highest ever on debut.
Pacer Tim Southee is another one to make it big in the latest update to the men’s weekly rankings, his second six-wicket haul at Lord’s pushing him to a career-best third position while achieving the third-best rating points by a New Zealand bowler.
Ravichandran Ashwin Continued To Occupy 2nd Place Among Bowlers
In the Test bowling rankings, senior India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin continued to occupy second place (850 rating points), behind Australian pacer Pat Cummins (908 points). Ravichandran Ashwin is the lone Indian in the top-10.
West Indies all-rounder Jason Holder retained his top position in the Test all-rounder rankings with 423 rating points. India’s Ravindra Jadeja (386 points) and Ravichandran Ashwin (353) are second and fourth respectively.
Ravichandran Ashwin is the first bowler in the 143-year history of Test cricket to dismiss 200 left-handed batsmen. India’s off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has witnessed a dramatic change in his fortunes in SENA since 2018 and is now a more lethal wicket-taker away from home.
Currently ranked 2nd in the ICC Test rankings for bowlers, Ravichandran Ashwin has played 78 Tests, picking up 409 wickets at an average of 24.69. He holds the record for being the fastest to breach the 250, 300, and 350 wickets and is just 26 victims short of becoming India’s 2nd most successful bowler.
He picked 12 wickets in 3 Tests in the Australia series and followed it up by taking 32 scalps in the following England 4 match Test series where he was the leading wicket-taker.