India opener Rohit Sharma moved 6 spots in the latest ICC Test Batting Rankings as he achieved a career-best ranking of No. 8. Rohit, who has been brilliant against spin in the 4-Test series against England at home, is the 2nd highest-ranked India Test batsman after captain Virat Kohli, who has retained his 5th spot on the batting charts.
Rohit Sharma, who started out as Test opener in 2019, has been impressive for India across all conditions. While the Mumbai Indians captain was missing out on converting starts into big knocks in Australia earlier this year, Rohit has easily been the best India batsman in the ongoing 4-Test series against England.
After missing out in the first Test, Rohit hit a match-defining 161 on a challenging pitch in the 2nd Test in Chennai. Rohit’s big hundred helped India come back from behind and level the series 1-1 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk.
In the Pink-ball Test which ended inside 2 days, Rohit once again showed he can survive on difficult pitches as he hit a match-winning 61. He was among the only 2 batsmen who managed to hit fifties in Ahmedabad. Rohit has scored 298 runs in 3 Tests against England.
Meanwhile, senior batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has slipped 2 spots to No. 10 on the Batting Rankings. A series of low scores in the ongoing Test series has come after he was rock solid in India’s 2-1 series win over Australia.
Kane Williamson continues to lead the Batting Rankings followed by Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne and Joe Root.
R Ashwin breaks into top 3
Meanwhile, off-spinner R Ashwin is moving up the ladder following his match-winning performances in the ongoing Test series. Ashwin jumped 4 spots to No. 3 as he continues to be the only spinner in the top 10 of the Test Bowling Rankings.
Left-arm spinner Axar Patel, who made his debut in the 2nd Test, has moved 30 places to the 38th spot.
Ashwin has been phenomenal with the ball since the return of international cricket after the enforced break due to Covid-19 pandemic. While he picked up 13 wickets in 3 Tests in Australia, Ashwin has amassed as many as 24 wickets in the ongoing Test series against England.
Ashwin recently became the 2nd fastest bowler to reach 400 Test wickets when he picked Jofra Archer’s wicket on Day 2 of the Pink-ball Test. While Pat Cummins and Neil Wagner occupy the top 2 spots in the Bowling Rankings, James Anderson has dropped to No. 6.
ICC Test Batting Rankings (As of February 28, 2021)
1. Kane Williamson – 919
2. Steve Smith – 891
3. Marnus Labuschagne – 878
4. Joe Root – 853
4. Virat Kohli – 836
6. Babar Azam – 760
7. Henry Nicholls – 747
8. Rohit Sharma = 742
9. David Warner – 724
10. Cheteshwar Pujara – 708
ICC Test Bowling Rankings
1. Pat Cummins – 908
2. Neil Wagner – 825
3. R Ashwin – 823
4. Josh Hazlewood – 816
5. Tim Southee – 811
6. James Anderson – 809
7. Stuart Broad – 800
8. Kagiso Rabada – 753
9. Jasprit Bumrah – 746
10. Mitchell Starc – 744