The International Cricket Council (ICC) has released the Test rankings of this month. Many players from India and England have gained points and some slipped the in current rankings.
Changes in Test Rankings
Opener Rohit Sharma has achieved his career-best 8th position in the ICC Test Batsmen’s Rankings. On Sunday he took a six-place jump after his impressive show in India’s 10-wicket win over England in the low-scoring third Test in Ahmedabad.
Rohit top-scored in the first innings with 66 and remained unbeaten on 25 in the second innings. He has moved ahead of Cheteshwar Pujara in Test rankings.
His rating points aggregate is 742, which is 20 more than his best of 722 in October 2019 when he was 10th in the rankings.
England’s opener Zak Crawley scored 53 in the 3rd Test. It has helped him in jumping up 15 places. He entered top 50 of men Test rankings and is at the 46th position.
Player of the match Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin have also made solid improvements after impressive performances in India’s win on a spin-friendly track.
Left-arm spinner Patel’s 11-wicket haul has helped him move up 30 slots to reach the 38th position. Meanwhile, off-spinner Ashwin’s seven wickets has placed him in the 3rd position of Test ranking.
England spinner Jack Leach has entered the top 30 for the first time. He took 4 wickets and as a result, he moved up three places to 28th.
Captain Joe Root’s maiden five-wicket haul has been a big positive. He has reached the 72nd slot among bowlers in Test rankings. Root is 13th among Test all-rounders.
Meanwhile, ICC has revamped the ranking system from March. Therefore, rankings now will be updated weekly for both men and women.
ICC official’s statement said, “The change will not impact the way the rankings are calculated but what it means is that instead of rankings being updated at the end of a series (in ODIs and T20Is) or a Test match, they may be updated while a series or match is ongoing without performances in those matches being considered.”