India, Kohli maintain top positions in ICC Test Rankings

Rishabh Pant achieved a career-best ranking of 17th among Test batsman, while pacer Jasprit Bumrah climbed to 15th among bowlers.

India, with 116 points, maintained its No 1 ranking in Tests.   -  Getty Images

A maiden Test series triumph in Australia saw both the Indian team and its skipper Virat Kohli consolidate their respective pole positions in the latest ICC Test rankings.

India, with 116 points, stayed as the No 1 ranked Test team while skipper Kohli (922 points) was 25 points clear of second ranked New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson (897).

Cheteshwar Pujara after his dream series Down Under is ranked third among the batsmen while keeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has entered the top 20 with a career-best 17th rank.

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In the bowler’s list Kagiso Rabada reigned supreme in the bowler's rankings while Ravichandran Ashwin (5) and Ravindra Jadeja (9) are the best-ranked Indians on the list.

Pacer Jasprit Bumrah has climbed to 15th spot with 711 points with his series-winning performances Down Under where he scalped 21 wickets in four Tests.

Bumrah's bowling exploits were key to India's first-ever Test series win in Australia.   -  AP

 

England will have to win its upcoming three-match series against the West Indies starting on Wednesday in order to retain to third in the rankings while Australia and Sri Lanka will vie for important points in their two-match series starting Thursday.

A 3-0 sweep will lift England to 109 points, but it will remain behind India and South Africa, while the West Indies will remain in eighth position irrespective of how the matches pans out.

The outcome of the series between Australia and Sri Lanka will not affect the Baggy Greens' fifth position in the rankings. It will be the same for the visiting Sri Lankan side, which is ranked sixth in Tests.

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Australia will gain three points and go up to 104 if they win 2-0 with Sri Lanka losing two and going down to 89 in such a scenario.

Sri Lanka can go up to 95 points and to within two points of Australia with a 2-0 series win.