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No Indian batsman in Top 10 of ICC Test rankings

Last updated on: September 02, 2015 15:41 IST

Cheteshwar Pujara breaks into Top 20 of ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen for the first time in his career

Fast bowler Ishant Sharma up three places to 18 in bowlers' list.

Cheteshwar Pujara

IMAGE: Cheteshwar Pujara's unbeaten 145 was the cornerstone of India’s first innings score of 312 in the third Test against Sri Lanka. Photograph: Reuters

Virat Kohli dropped a rung to No 11, leaving India with no batsman in the top 10 of the ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen.

In the latest rankings update, issued by the International Cricket Council on Tuesday, Cheteshwar Pujara broke into the top 20 for the first time in his career following the conclusion of the Colombo Test, which India won by 117 runs to clinch the series 2-1.

The 27-year-old batsman carried his bat in the first innings and returned unbeaten on 145, his seventh career century, which was the cornerstone of India’s first innings score of 312. He was rewarded for the performance with a jump of four places, which puts him at No 20.

Pujara is now the second Indian batsman to feature in the top 20, but following Kohli’s drop to 11th (down by one place), the fifth-ranked Test team has no batsman inside the Top 10.

Apart from Pujara, there were few other middle-order batsmen who made significant contributions to India’s cause at the Singhalese Sports Club, which, in turn, helped them to head in the right direction.

Rohit Sharma moved up two places to 48th, Ravichandran Ashwin gained five places and is now at No 50, while Amit Mishra, who scored 59 in the first innings and featured in a 104 runs eighth-wicket partnership with Pujara, vaulted 56 places to 91st.

It was a disappointing Test for Sri Lanka's batsmen, but Angelo Mathews retained his No 5 ranking following his seventh career century (110 in the second innings). He is now 11 points adrift of fourth-ranked South Africa captain Hashim Amla.

Meanwhile, there were no changes to the top 10 of the Player Rankings for Test bowlers.

However, there was improvement for Ishant Sharma, who reached the 200-wicket mark after claiming match figures of eight for 86 in the third Test against Sri Lanka. As a result, the fast bowler moved up three places to 18th.

Amit Mishra’s three for 72 in the match elevated him two places to a career-high No 37, while Umesh Yadav also improved his ranking by two places to 42.

The Sri Lanka trio of Dhammika Prasad (up three places to 22nd), Nuwan Pradeep (up 12 to 57th) and Mathews (up two to 71st) also all made career-high gains.

ICC Test rankings (as on September 2, following the Sri Lanka vs India Test series):

Rank

Team

Points

1

South Africa

125

2

Australia

106

3

England

102

4

Pakistan

101

5

India

100

6

New Zealand

99

7

Sri Lanka

89

8

West Indies

81

9

Bangladesh

47

10

Zimbabwe

5

ICC TEST PLAYER RANKINGS (as on 2 September, after Sri Lanka-India series):

BATSMEN:

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points Avge Highest Ranking
1 ( - ) Steven Smith Aus 910 56.27 936 v Eng at Lord's 2015
2 ( - ) AB de Villiers SA 890 52.09 935 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2014
3 ( - ) Joe Root Eng 889 54.66 917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015
4 ( - ) Hashim Amla SA 881 52.48 907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013
5 ( - ) A. Mathews SL 870 52.06 877 v NZ at Christchurch 2014
6 ( - ) Younus Khan Pak 829 54.07 880 v SL at Lahore 2009
7 ( - ) K. Williamson NZ 813 45.70 860 v Eng at Lord's 2015
8 ( - ) David Warner Aus 775 46.78 880 v Ind at Adelaide 2014
9 ( - ) Chris Rogers Aus 761 42.87 793 v Eng at Lord's 2015
10 (+1) S. Chanderpaul WI 735 51.37 901 v NZ at Napier 2008

Selected rankings:

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points Avge Highest Ranking
11 (-1) Virat Kohli Ind 730 45.06 784 v NZ at Wellington 2014
20 (+4) C. Pujara Ind 681 49.28 851 v SA at Durban 2013
22 (-3) Ajinkya Rahane Ind 661* 43.64 699 v SL at Colombo (PSS) 2015
28 ( - ) D. Chandimal SL 603* 44.09 646 v Ind at Galle 2015
36 (-4) Kaushal Silva SL 551 33.04 638 v Pak at Colombo (PSS) 2015
38 (-6) D. Karunaratne SL 536 32.58 596 v Pak at Pallekele 2015
48 (+2) Rohit Sharma Ind 507* 37.82 578 v NZ at Wellington 2014
50 (+5) R. Ashwin Ind 457 32.44 527 v Eng at Old Trafford 2014
60 (NEW) Kusal Perera SL 431*! 62.50 431 v Ind at Colombo (SSC) 2015
91 (+56) Amit Mishra Ind 275* 23.86 305 v Eng at The Oval 2011

BOWLERS:

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points Avge Highest Ranking
1 ( - ) Dale Steyn SA 905 22.48 909 v WI at Centurion 2014
2 ( - ) Stuart Broad Eng 835 29.16 852 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015
3 ( - ) Trent Boult NZ 814 27.12 825 v Eng at Lord's 2015
4 ( - ) Yasir Shah Pak 810*! 24.81 810 v SL at Pallekele 2015
5 ( - ) James Anderson Eng 807 29.38 847 v WI at Barbados 2015
6 ( - ) M. Johnson Aus 773 27.94 849 v Pak at Dubai 2014
7 ( - ) V. Philander SA 770 22.13 912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013
8 ( - ) R. Ashwin Ind 760 28.44 808 v WI at Mumbai 2013
9 ( - ) Rangana Herath SL 716 30.21 851 v Pak at Colombo (SSC) 2014
10 ( - ) Tim Southee NZ 713 31.63 799 v WI at Jamaica 2014

Selected rankings:

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points Avge Highest Ranking
18 (+3) Ishant Sharma Ind 613 36.51 671 v WI at Dominica 2011
22 (+3) D. Prasad SL 567*! 38.78 567 v Ind at Colombo (SSC) 2015
37 (+2) Amit Mishra Ind 413*! 35.98 413 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2015
42 (+2) Umesh Yadav Ind 389* 38.56 412 v Aus at Melbourne 2014
57 (+12) Nuwan Pradeep SL 306*! 46.70 306 v Ind at Colombo (SSC) 2015
71 (+2) A. Mathews SL 246*! 49.17 246 v Ind at Colombo (SSC) 2015

All-rounders:

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points Highest Ranking
1 ( - ) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 384 419 v Zim at Khulna 2014
2 ( - ) R. Ashwin Ind 347 419 v WI at Mumbai 2013
3 ( - ) V. Philander SA 337* 376 v Aus at Cape Town 2014
4 ( - ) Stuart Broad Eng 294 382 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2012
5 ( - ) M. Johnson Aus 263 384 v Eng at Cardiff 2009

(* indicates provisional rating; a batsman qualifies for a full rating after playing 40 Test innings; a bowler qualifies for a full rating when he reaches 100 Test wickets.)

(! indicates career-highest rating.)