Rohit reaches career-best ranking with twin centuries

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In guiding India to an impressive win over visiting Proteas, Rohit Sharma has reached a career-best 17th position in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings.

Rohit in India’s emphatic win over South Africa at Visakhapatnam has become the first player to score a century in each innings of his maiden Test as opener.

The wrecker in chief in South Africa’s first innings, Ravichandran Ashwin too returned to the top ten bowlers’ list.

Sharma, who has slammed three Test centuries in Tests before coming out to open the innings for India, gained a whopping 36 slots after his knocks of 176 and 127 in the first Test against South Africa in Visakhapatnam, helping India win by 203 runs and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

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Other opener Mayank Agarwal has also attained a career-best 25th position after his first innings double-century lifted him 38 places. Captain Virat Kohli has dropped below the 900-point mark for the first time since January 2018. He is now on 899 points, 38 behind top-ranked Steve Smith.

Among the bowlers, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has made a comeback to the top 10 after his match haul of eight wickets, which included figures of seven for 145 in the first innings. The formerly top-ranked bowler has moved up four places from 14th position and also into the top five among all-rounders.

Fast bowler Mohammad Shami has reached a career-best 710 points that took him from 18th to 16th, two below his career-best 14th rank, while Ravindra Jadeja has leapfrogged Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan to take second position among all-rounders.

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For South Africa, centurions Quinton de Kock and Dean Elgar have progressed. De Kock is back into the top 10 after gaining four places and moving to seventh while Elgar has moved five places and is in 14th position.

India has gained 40 points in the ICC World Test Championship table after the win at Visakhapatnam and is now on 160 points after having won a full 120 points for a 2-0 series win in the West Indies. New Zealand and Sri Lanka are on 60 points each after their 1-1 series draw while Australia and England are on 56 each with their 2-2 series draw in a five-match series.

The points in the WTC are evenly distributed over the number of matches in a series (two to five), which were decided by the Member countries as per their bilateral agreements. Thus, the points can vary from 60 for each match of a two-Test series to 24 for each match of a five-Test series.

ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 7 October 2019)”

 Batsmen (top 10): 1. Steve Smith (Aus, 937); 2. Virat Kohli          (Ind, 899); 3. K Williamson (NZ, 878); 4. C Pujara (Ind, 818); 5. Henry Nicholls (NZ, 749); 6. Joe Root (Eng, 731); 7. Q de Kock (SA, 729); 8. Tom Latham (NZ, 724); D Karunaratne (SL, 723);  and 10. Ajinkya Rahane (India, 719). 17. Rohit Sharma (Ind, 650!); 25. M Agarwal     (Ind;620); 52. R Jadeja (Ind, 524).

Bowlers (top 10): 1. Pat Cummins (Aus, 908); 2. Kagiso Rabada (SA, 828); 3. Jasprit Bumrah (Ind, 827); 4. Jason Holder (WI, 814!); 5. V Philander (SA, 811); 6. J Anderson (Eng,  798); 7. Trent Boult (NZ, 795); 8. Neil Wagner (NZ, 785); 9. Kemar Roach (WI, 780); 10. R Ashwin (Ind, 770).

All-rounders (top five): 1. Jason Holder (WI, 472); 2. R Jadeja (Ind, 398); 3. S Al Hasan (Ban, 3974. Ben Stokes (Eng, 387); 5. R Ashwin(Ind, 319).

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