Virat Kohli continues to hold his top position in the ICC Test Rankings, while his deputy in the Indian tam Ajinkya Rahane has progressed one run to the eighth in the latest rankings released by the International Cricket Council. Cheteswar Pujara in the sixth position is the other Indian among the top 10 batsmen.
Jaspreet Bumrah (6th), Ravichandran Ashwin (8th) and Mohammed Shami (10th) are the Indian representations among the top ten Test bowlers.
Ashwin, along with Ravindra Jadeja, also continues to hold his position among the top five all-rounders.
The rankings updated after the Port Elizabeth Test, between England and South Africa won by an innings and 53 runs to go 2-1 ahead in the four-Test series.
Ben Stokes has equalled his career-best second ranking among all-rounders after his knock of 120. He has moved back to the spot he had occupied in August last year while he is presently ranked 10th among batsmen and 29th among bowlers.
Off-spinner Dominic Bess’s five-wicket haul in the first innings has lifted him 49 places to 62nd, while Sam Curran, Jack Leach and Stuart Broad have gained one slot each in the bowlers’ list.
Sri Lankan Angelo Mathews has advanced eight places to reach 16th position after his unbeaten 200 in Harare against Zimbabwe. The former Sri Lanka captain’s best ranking was third, achieved in August 2014, while he has also been among the top 10 among batsmen in ODIs.
ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 24 January):
Batsmen (top 10): 1. Virat Kohli (Ind 928); 2. Steve Smith (Aus 911); 3. M Labuschagne (Aus 827); 4. K Williamson (NZ 814); 5. David Warner (Aus 793); 6. Cheteswar Pujara (Ind 791); 7. Babar Azam (Pak 767); 8. Ajinkya Rahane (Ind 759); 9. Joe Root (Eng 752); 10. Ben Stokes (Eng 745).
Bowlers (top 10): 1. Pat Cummins (Aus 904); 2. Neil Wagner (NZ 852); 3. Jason Holder (WI 830); 4. Kagiso Rabada (SA 810); 5. Mitchell Starc (Aus 796); 6. Jasprit Bumrah (Ind 794); 7. James Anderson (Eng 783); 8. Ravichandran Ashwin (Ind 772) and V Philander (SA 772); 10. M Shami (Ind 771).
All-rounders (top five): 1. Jason Holder (WI 473); 2. Ben Stokes (Eng 411); 3. Ravindra Jadeja (Ind 406); 4. V Philander (SA 323); 5. Ravichandran Ashwin (Ind 308)