Indian opener Rohit Sharma and wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant have achieved their career-best position in the latest released ICC Test Rankings.
Pant has moved up seven slots and shares seventh place with compatriot Rohit Sharma, who has inched up one spot, and Henry Nicholls of New Zealand. Pant’s 747 rating points are the joint-15th highest by any India batsman, and the highest by a full-time Test wicketkeeper from his country.
Rohit accumulated 345 runs in the four-match series at a brilliant average of 57.50, with 161 being his best – which came in the second Test on a turning track in Chennai from where the hosts were able to bounce back in the series after losing the opening game.
Washington Sundar, who also played a crucial role in India’s passage to the final of the World Test Championship, has gained 39 places and is in 62nd position, thanks to his 96* in the first innings of the fourth Test.
Among bowlers, Indian off-spinner R Ashwin, who was named ‘Player of the Series’ after he finished with as many as 32 wickets to his name, has moved up one place to claim the second position with 850 rating points.
Ashwin also made a improvement in the all-rounder’s category, thanks to his impressive performances, including a hundred in Chennai Test. He is now at fourth position in the all-rounder rankings.
Axar Patel’s nine wickets have lifted him eight places to 30th with 552 rating points. Only two bowlers have achieved more points after their first three Tests former India leg-spinner Narendra Hirwani (564) and Australia fast bowler Charlie Turner (553) who played in the 19th century.
For England, Dan Lawrence has moved up 47 places to 93rd among batsmen with scores of 46 and 50 and James Anderson has moved up two places to fourth position after his haul of three for 44 in Ahmedabad.