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ICC Test Rankings: Cheteshwar Pujara Moves to Sixth Spot; Ajinkya Rahane Eighth

India's middle-order mainstay Cheteshwar Pujara went past Pakistan skipper Babar Azam and is now placed at the sixth spot in the latest ICC Test rankings.

ICC Test Rankings: Cheteshwar Pujara Moves to Sixth Spot; Ajinkya Rahane Eighth

India's middle-order mainstay Cheteshwar Pujara went past Pakistan skipper Babar Azam and is now placed at the sixth spot in the latest ICC Test rankings. Pujara remained one of the architects of India's series win Down Under and his consistent scores made sure that he rapidly rise in the latest Test rankings released by ICC. Meanwhile Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane also moved up a spot to be at the eighth position.

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Speaking on Youtube, the 33-year-old had mentioned that how not being part of India's limited overs side left him short of match practice. Pujara also doesn't have an IPL franchise.

"After the lockdown I didn't have any match practice before the Australia tour so to prepare for that big series it became a little difficult. Otherwise if there was no COVID then there would have been some first-class games which I would have played. But because of the COVID lockdown there were not many FC games which I could play. I only played 1 game (warm-up match) before the Test series started so as a batter it was difficult to gain the rhythm, concentration. Early on it was difficult but as I started playing few more games, it took me a couple of Test matches to find the right way (to bat in Australia)," he added.

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Meanwhile in the bowling department, Jasprit Bumrah and Ravichandran Ashwin have retained their eighth and ninth spots respectively. Skipper Virat Kohli too has been firm at the fourth position in the batting charts. England pacer James Anderson moved up one place to be at sixth position in the ICC Test bowler's rankings following his superb feat of achieving 30th Test fifer. He achieved the rare feat against Sri Lanka at the Galle international stadium earlier this month.



Team Rankings

RankTeamPointsRating
1 New Zealand 3198 118
2 Australia 3028 116
3 India 3085 114
4 England 4326 106
5 South Africa 2499 96
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RankTeamPointsRating
1 England 5405 123
2 India 6102 117
3 New Zealand 3716 116
4 Australia 4344 111
5 South Africa 3345 108
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RankTeamPointsRating
1 England 6877 275
2 Australia 6800 272
3 India 10186 268
4 Pakistan 7516 259
5 South Africa 5047 252
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