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Pant & Root soar in Test Rankings after epic shows

Pant & Root soar in Test Rankings after epic shows

Dubai, jan 20 (UNI) India wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant and England captain Joe Root have
made considerable gains in the latest MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings after
their match-winning performances in the Galle and Brisbane Tests.
Bairstow, Gill, Hazlewood, Labuschagne and Thirimanne also gain in latest update
England captain Joe Root and India wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant have made considerable
gains in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings after their match-winning
performances in the Galle and Brisbane Tests.
Root, a formerly top-ranked batsman, has returned to the top five with his highest rating
points tally (738) in two years after scoring a first-innings 228 to help win the first Test
against Sri Lanka by seven wickets. Root has advanced six places, overtaking the likes of
Pakistan’s Babar Azam and India’s Cheteshwar Pujara in the process.
Left-hander Pant’s unbeaten 89 on the last day in Brisbane that guided India to a
sensational three-wicket victory over Australia, sees him attain a career-best 13th position
to become the top-ranked wicketkeeper in the batting rankings. South Africa’s Quinton de
Kock is the next wicketkeeper in the list in 15th position.
Performances in the classic Test in Brisbane resulted in quite a few other interesting
changes as well.
Australia batsman Marnus Labuschagne’s first-innings century took him past Virat Kohli
to third position with a career-best 878 rating points, captain Tim Paine moved up three
spots to 42nd after scores of 50 and 27 while fast bowler Josh Hazlewood leapfrogged
New Zealander Tim Southee to the fourth spot after grabbing six wickets in the match,
including a haul of five for 57 in the first innings.
For India, Shubman Gill continued his upward trajectory, moving from 68th to 47th after
a crucial 91 in the second innings, Pujara progressed one place to seventh position after
his dogged effort and Mohammad Siraj jumped 32 places to 45th position after taking six
wickets in the match, including a five-wicket haul in the second innings.
Debutant Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur too had something to cheer about
after useful efforts with both bat and ball. Sundar entered the rankings in 82nd (batting)
and 97th (bowling) positions, while Thakur reentered the batting list in 113th position and
the bowling list in 65th position.
England spinners Jack Leach and Dominic Bess made notable progress after their
five-wicket hauls in Galle. Leach’s second innings return of five for 122 lifted him three
places to 40th while Bess’s first innings analysis of five for 30 took him from 67th to 50th.
Jonny Bairstow (up five places to 58th in batting) and Sam Curran (up two places to 39th
in bowling) also gained.
For Sri Lanka, Lahiru Thirimanne’s second innings century helped him progress 12 places
to 87th position while left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya (up six places to 47th) and
medium pace bowler Asitha Fernando (up 11 places to 96th) were the main gainers.
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