King Kohli retains No.1 Test ranking
Indian skipper Virat Kohli is still dominating the ICC Test batsman rankings charts as he has retained the number one position. He bagged the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year award and has been having a sensational run in the Test format. His incredible patience on a tough format makes him a class apart. He has a total of 922 points to his name.
Meanwhile, Pujara has also retained the No.3 position on the Test batsman rankings after a sensational series against Australia where he alone came through with flying colours when other batsmen failed to make a mark. Pujara now has 881 points to his credit.
Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin are the only Indian bowlers to be in the top ten of ICC Test bowler rankings. Jadeja holds the 6th position whereas Ashwin follows up in the tenth place. As far as the team ranking is concerned, India is the number one ranked team in the Test format, closely followed by New Zealand who are at the number two position.
Afghanistan created history on Monday when they defeated Ireland by seven wickets in a one-off Test fixture which means that their batsman Rahmat Shah has shifted gears to 88 places to reach the 89th position in the rankings after scoring 98 and 76 in the match. Yes, Afghan holds the 106th place after gaining 24 places.
Coming to their bowling unit, fast bowler Yamin Ahmadzai and leg-spinner Rashid Khan have also made quick progress in the bowler’s rankings. Yamin has gained 45 places to reach the 50th rank, whereas Rashid Khan moved 50 slots to reach the 67th position. Rashid Khan is going places as he took his first-ever five-wicket haul in the Test format, which came against Ireland.