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ICC Test Rankings: Ajinkya Rahane Moves to Sixth Spot; Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah Make Gains

ICC Test Rankings: Ajinkya Rahane Moves to Sixth Spot; Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah Make Gains

ICC Test Rankings: Ajinkya Rahane Moves to Sixth Spot; Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah Make Gains

Ajinkya Rahane, leading in Kohli’s absence, has gained big after guiding India to a series-leveling eight-wicket win in Melbourne with scores of 112 and 27 not out. Rahane has advanced five places to reach the sixth position

Ajinkya Rahane, leading India in Virat Kohli’s absence, has gained big after guiding his team to a series-leveling eight-wicket win in Melbourne with scores of 112 and 27 not out vs Austalia. Rahane has advanced five places to reach the sixth position, just one below his career-best of fifth attained in October 2019. Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (up two places to seventh) and fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah (up one place to ninth) have made notable gains within the top 10.

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All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is another big gainer, moving up 11 spots to a career best-equalling 36th place among batsmen after a handy knock of 57 in his only innings in Melbourne and gaining four places to reach 14th place among bowlers after finishing with three wickets in the match. He remains third among all-rounders but has reduced the gap with Jason Holder 34 to seven points.

Debutants Shubman Gill and Mohammad Siraj have made notable entries in 76th and 77th positions in the list for batsmen and bowlers, respectively. Gill scored 45 and 35 not out opening the innings while Siraj finished with five wickets in the match.

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Australia left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc’s four wickets in the match have helped him reach a career best-equalling fifth position. Matthew Wade’s scores of 30 and 40 as opener helped him reach 50th among batsmen from 55th while Cameron Green has gained 36 slots to reach 115th position.

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In Centurion, a knock of 199 by Faf du Plessis saw him not only win the player of the match award but also gain 14 places to reach 21st position, one behind team-mate Dean Elgar, who too gained four spots after a knock of 95. Lungi Ngidi has gained four places and is 56th among bowlers.

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For Sri Lanka, Dinesh Chandimal’s knocks of 85 and 25 have lifted him three places to 38th while Dhananjaya de Silva (up nine places to 34th) and Kusal Perera (up four places to 60th) have also made notable gains among batsmen. Left-arm fast bowler Vishwa Fernando has gained two slots to reach 45th position after his three-wicket haul.

In the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings, New Zealand are in line to wrest the top spot from Australia, who remain fractionally ahead since the Test team rankings are updated only at the end of each series. Even a draw in the second Test against Pakistan though could see New Zealand take the top spot.

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