The latest rankings released by the International Cricket Council (ICC) indicate that Indian fast bowler, Mohammed Shami, and opener Mayank Agarwal have reached their career-best positions.
The duo got into the top latest rankings after their contribution to India’s innings and a stunning 130-run victory against Bangladesh in the first Test in Indore.
Shami moved eight places up to occupy the seventh position after his bowling figures of 3 for 27 and 4 for 31. The fast bowler who has 790 rating points put him in the third position as an India’s pace bowler with only Kapil Dev (877) and Jasprit Bumrah (832) having more points.
Agarwal, who got double century, climbed to the 11th spot after his player-of-the-match display where he raked in 243 in India’s only innings. After he scored 858 runs in his first eight Tests, The 28-year-old opener has 691 points.
According to the rankings, Agarwal is the eight batman to score more runs in the first eight Tests. He is Currently behind Don Bradman (1210), Everton Weekes (968), Sunil Gavaskar (938), Mark Taylor (906), George Headley (904), Frank Worrell (890) and Herbert Sutcliffe (872).
Also, Indian all-rounder, Ravindra Jadeja, moved up four places to reach joint-35th position among batsmen Pacers Ishant Sharma jumped to 20th while Umesh Yadav occupied the 22nd spot having moved up one place each.
Also moving up was off-spinner R. Ashwin. He is now in the top 10 bowlers list, and he has also moved back to the fourth position among all-rounders.
Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim’s knocks of 43 and 64 took him to the 30th position after moving up five places. His teammate, Liton Das, also moved up from 92nd to 86th position.
After taking four wickets in Indore, fast bowler Abu Jayed advanced 18 slots to take 62nd position after only six Tests.
On the test Championship table, India has also strengthened their position in the ICC World standings by reaching 300 points. Without conceding a point, and having a full 120 points each in their three-Test home series against South Africa and two-Test series in the West Indies, India remains a team to beat.
Written by: Oladipupo Mojeed