Pujara and Pant climb the ICC rankings

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Pujara and Pant climb the ICC rankings

10 Jan 2019 039 Views Yash Mittal

A series-winning performance in Australia that saw Cheteshwar Pujara accumulate 521 runs across four Tests, has helped the India No.3 to rise to the third spot in the ICC rankings of top ten Test batsman.

In a series, where Pujara finally got the monkey off his back, as far as performing in overseas conditions is concerned, the gritty right-hander hammered three centuries including his overseas best score of 193.

But, the biggest beneficiary was the 21-year-old keeper-batsman, Rishabh Pant. The flamboyant left-handed batsman from Delhi enjoyed a great series Down Under where he scored 350 runs including a whirlwind 159 not out at the Sydney Cricket Ground beside taking 20 catches behind the wicket to break in the top-20.

Pant broke into the top-20 by gaining 21 spots in the points table and is currently ranked 17- the joint highest by a specialist Indian wicket-keeper along with Farookh Engineer. Further, Pant's leads the pack for the highest rating point at 673.


Highest rating point for an Indian wicket-keeper

  1. Rishabh Pant [673]
  2. MS Dhoni [662]
  3. Farookh Engineer [619]


While the 21-year-old is still a work in progress, Rishabh Pant has made an impressive start to his Test career. He is already the only Indian wicket-keeper to score two hundred in SENA countries besides equalling the world record of most number of catches in a single Test- 11 in Adelaide.

While Skipper Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah retained their respective spot of 1 and 16 respectively in the points table, other beneficiaries were Kuldeep Yadav, who leapfrogged seven ranking slots thanks to his five-wicket haul at the SCG while Mohammad Shami gained one spot.

Yash Mittal

Bharat Army Cricket Writer

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