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Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli rise, Ajinkya Rahane drops in latest ICC Test rankings

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Joe Root, Rangana Herath claim respective second spots in latest ICC Test rankings for batsmen and bowlers.

Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara scored centuries for India against England

England batsman Joe Root has moved to the second position in the latest ICC Test rankings after scoring his 11th century during the first Test against India at Rajkot. Sri Lanka’s new captain, Rangana Herath, also climbed to the second position in the bowlers’ rankings after Sri Lanka’s comprehensive win against Zimbabwe at Harare.


With a 124 against his name in the first innings, Root went past New Zealand star Kane Williamson to grab the second spot in the batting charts. The No.1 rank is still occupied by Australian captain Steve Smith, who’s clear of the Englishman by 42 points.


Ajinkya Rahane witnessed a drop of four points from his original place, sliding down to the ninth spot, just ahead of Alastair Cook who gained one place to reach tenth. Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli, at 11th and 14th position respectively, are the other Indians in the top-20. Murali Vijay, with his seventh Test hundred, rose two places to reach the 23rd spot. 


Teenager Haseeb Hameed, who impressed everyone with his dexterity against India’s spin battery, made an entry into the list, claiming the 64th spot.


In the bowlers’ rankings, Herath’s thirteen wickets in the second Test against Zimbabwe helped his side clinch the series 2-0, pushing him ahead of injured pacers Dale Steyn and James Anderson. 


He is still one place below India’s premier spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who maintained his top spot despite a poor showing with the ball in the first Test at Rajkot. Ravindra Jadeja is the only other Indian in the top-10, holding his place at No.7


England’s leg-spinner Adil Rashid was another beneficiary from the latest rankings, jumping 17 places to reach the 61st spot in the rankings. His teammate Ben Stokes claimed a career-best ranking, climbing over Moeen Ali to reach third place. 
 

ICC batsmen’s top 10 

RankPlayerRanking Points
1Steve Smith (AUS)886
2Joe Root (ENG)844
3Kane Williamson (NZ)841
4Younis Khan (PAK)832
Hashim Amla (SA)803
6AB de Villiers (RSA)794
7David Warner (AUS)793
8Adam Voges (AUS)778
9Ajinkya Rahane (IND)777
10Alastair Cook (ENG)765
 

ICC bowler’s top 10

RankPlayerRanking Points
1Ravichandran Ashwin (IND)881
2Rangana Herath (SL)867
3Dale Steyn (SA)861
4James Anderson (ENG)844
Yasir Shah (PAK)820
6 Stuart Broad (ENG)805
7Ravindra Jadeja (IND)796
8Mitchell Starc (AUS)777
9Josh Hazlewood (AUS)732
10Neil Wagner (NZ)731
 

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