India’s captain Virat Kohli jumped one place to second in the ICC test ranking for batsmen on Tuesday. In the last ranking, the Indian batsmen Chesteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane also made it into the top 10 of the list. While Pujara was placed at No. 7th place with 766 points, and it was Rahane in 10th place with 726 points.
Kohli was 25 points behind Australian star batsman Steve Smith. While Smith was at the top of the last ranking with 911 points, Kohli was in second place with 886 points.
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In the meantime, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson dropped a rung to third place. He is followed by the young Australian batsman Marnus Labuschagne, the Pakistani Babar Azam and the injured David Warner.
In the bowling department, the Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah (779) and the off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin were the only two Indians at the top. While Bumrah was at the no. 8th place with 779 points, Ashwin was in No. 10 position with 756 points. The Australian Pat Cummins is currently at the top with 904 points, followed by the Englishman Stuart Broad and the New Zealander Neil Wagner.
Two other Indians – Ravindra Jadeja and Ashwin – are also in the top 10 list of the ICC test rankings for all-rounders, which is led by Stokes.
While Jadeja is in third place in the table behind Jason Holder from West Indies with 397 points, Ashwin is in sixth place with 281 points. India currently ranks third on the ICC test rankings for teams after New Zealand jumped to second after their recent 2-0 win over the West Indies.
India has 114 rating points, two points behind New Zealand and leaders Australia who both have 116 points, but the Aussies are ahead by decimal points. England ranks fourth, ahead of Sri Lanka, South Africa, Pakistan, West Indies, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.
But India have a chance to advance against Australia in the four-game test series that begins Thursday in Adelaide.
(With entries from PTI)