Rohit Sharma attains career best ranking
India opener Rohit Sharma has moved up six spots in the latest ICC Test Batting Rankings, and attained a career-best ranking of No.8.
Sharma has been having a great time with the bat in the ongoing Test series against England. After scoring a brilliant 161 in the second Test, he scored 66 and 25 not-out in the third match in Ahmedabad, which the hosts won by 10 wickets.
As per the latest ICC rankings released on Sunday (February 28), Sharma moved ahead of compatriot Cheteshwar Pujara among others.
His current rating points aggregate is 742, 20 more than his previous best of 722 in October 2019 when he was ranked 10th.
On the back of a great bowling performance, India spinner R Ashwin also progressed four places to third position on the ICC Bowling Rankings. He took 7 wickets in the Ahmedabad Test.
Left-arm spinner Axar Patel, who had a 11-wicket match haul in the Pink-ball Test which ended inside two days and was named Player of the Match in what was his second Test, also made a big jump in the rankings. He moved 30 places to reach the 38th position.
Meanwhile, Pujara slipped two spots to No.10 on the Batting Rankings, as he has not been in a great form in the ongoing series. He has so far scored 116 runs in the series, with a duck in his latest innings.
England spinner Jack Leach entered the top 30 for the first time, moving up three places to 28th after taking four wickets.
Surprisingly, England skipper Joe Root also moved 16 places to 72nd among bowlers thanks to his five-wicket haul. He is now also joint-13th among all-rounders.
England opener Zak Crawley, who made 53 in the first innings, advanced 15 places to 46th among batsmen.