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Exclusive ICC Cricket Rankings
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ICC Test Rankings: Virat Kohli down to fifth as Joe Root moves up to third after Chennai double century

India skipper Virat Kohli was on Wednesday pushed to the fifth spot by his English counterpart Joe Root, who rose two rungs to third in the latest ICC Test rankings for batsmen, even as Jasprit Bumrah and R Ashwin moved up in the bowlers' chart.

Kohli, who had had scores of 11 and 72 in the opening Test against England, has 852 points and down one spot in the latest chart issued on Wednesday.

Veteran spinner Ashwin and pacer Bumrah have jumped a rung each to be seventh and eighth respectively.

Root, who helped his team to a memorable 227-run victory in Chennai that kept England in contention for the ICC World Test Championship final, has reached 883 rating points.

It is his highest position since September2017 after a fabulous run in the sub-continent saw him accumulate 684 runs in three Tests, two of which were in Sri Lanka.

Ahead of Kohli for the first time since November 2017, Root is now 36 points behind top-ranked Kane Williamson and trails Steve Smith by only eight points. With Marnus Labuschagne also in the mix, competition for the top five slots is intense with all of them above 850 rating points.

For India, Rishabh Pant's knock of 91 in the first innings has helped him become the first full-time wicketkeeper from his country to reach 700 rating points as he retained the 13th position among batsmen.

Opener Shubman Gill progressed seven places to 40th position while all-rounder Washington Sundar is 81st after moving up two slots. Left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem too has gained two places to reach 85th position among bowlers.

Opener Dom Sibley is another England batsman to gain in the latest rankings update, his knocks of 87 and 16 helping him rise 11 places to 35th, while their players also made the way up in the bowling rankings presently led by Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins.

Formerly top-ranked James Anderson is up to third from sixth and only four points behind compatriot Stuart Broad, a fellow-member of the 500-wicket club.

Anderson is at his highest ranking since the start of the ICC World Test Championship while spinners Jack Leach and Dominic Bess are both at career-best rating points, moving up to 37th and 41st positions, respectively.

West Indies batsman Kyle Mayers, whose scores of 40 and 210 not out helped script an epic win in the first Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong, has entered the rankings in 70th position with 448 rating points.

It is the best by a West Indian batsman on debut and the second-best ever on debut after RE Foster, who was on 449 rating points back in 1903 after scoring 287 on debut for England against Australia in Sydney.

Others to gain for the West Indies include captain Kraigg Brathwaite (up eight places to 53rd) among batsmen and the spin pair of Jomel Warrican (up 14 places to 62nd) and Rahkeem Cornwall (up six places to 65th).

For Bangladesh, captain Mominul Haque's 10th Test century has lifted him eight places to 33rd. All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has gained four slots to reach 30th position among batsmen while off-spinner Mehidy Hasan has progressed from 28th to 24th position.

Pakistan completing a 2-0 sweep over South Africa is followed with good news from the rankings perspective as well, especially with regard to fast bowling.

Player of the series Mohammad Rizwan has attained a career-best 16th place after scores of 26 and 115 helped him make a leap of 19 places in the list.

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#52

ICC Test Rankings: Ashwin breaks into top-3; Rohit jumps to 8th after impressive show against England

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Rohit Sharma has entered into the top-10 among batsmen in the latest Test rankings released by the ICC on Sunday. The Indian opener made a big jump of six positions to move to the eighth position in the rankings.

Indian captain Virat Kohli remains the top-ranked batsman in Tests, occupying the fifth position. Cheteshwar Pujara, however, dropped to 10th position after he was dismissed on a duck in the third Test against England.

Rohit slammed a half-century in the first innings of the Chennai Test, and remained unbeaten on 25 in the second innings as India secured a 10-wicket victory in the game.



With 742 points, Rohit is now only five points behind the seventh-placed Henry Nicholls, and trails by 13 points to Pakistan captain Babar Azam.

Ravichandran Ashwin, meanwhile, reaped rewards for his incredible display over the last two Tests, making a jump of 4 places to move to third position in the bowlers' rankings.

He now remains only two rating points behind the 2nd placed Neil Wagner (825).

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Ravindra Jadeja moves to no.2 in all-rounders list; Virat, Pant and Rohit remain in top-10

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ndia's Ravindra Jadeja has moved to second spot in the latest ICC Test Rankings among all-rounders. He moved ahead of England's Ben Stokes to go second; West Indies' Jason Holder remains at the top of the rankings.

In the batting rankings, Indian captain Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant and Rohit Sharma occupy the 5th, 6th and 7th spot respectively. Rohit was 8th in the rankings but jumped above New Zealand's Henry Nicholls to go up in the rankings.

Jadeja last played in the longest format for India during the four-Test series against Australia, but missed the home series against England due to injury. Axar Patel took his spot on the Indian team.

Ravichandran Ashwin remains fourth in the all-rounders' rankings. The Indian off-spinner is also the highest-ranked from the country in the bowlers' rankings (2nd) and remains the only Indian in top-10.

India are at the top of the Test rankings with 121 points, while New Zealand closely follow the side at 2nd position with 120. England, meanwhile, are third with 109 points.

Virat Kohli's men will take on New Zealand in the final of the inaugural World Test Championship between June 18-22 in Southampton. The Test squad reached the United Kingdom on June 2.

New Zealand, meanwhile, are already taking part in a two-Test series against England. The first Test at Lord's ended in a draw, while the second Test will take place from June 10-14 in Edgbaston.

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