Cheteshwar Pujara leapfrogs Babar Azam to sixth position in ICC Test rankings

Cheteshwar Pujara leapfrogs Babar Azam to sixth position in ICC Test rankings

Pujara scored three fifties in the Border Gavaskar Trophy.

Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Cheteshwar Pujara, the Indian batsman, has moved up to sixth in the ICC Test rankings for batsmen. In the recent Border Gavaskar Trophy, though he averaged in the 30s, he ended as India’s second-highest run-scorer with three half-centuries.

The Saurashtra cricketer topped Pakistan’s Babar Azam, who didn’t have the best of Test matches with the bat against South Africa in Karachi. Pujara was criticized for his strike-rate, but he managed to weather the storm and played some match-winning hands for his team.

Cheteshwar Pujara thrives in adversity

In the Brisbane Test, he copped blows on the head, fingers, and body, but he stood tall to the challenges. In the rankings, Ajinkya Rahane also moved a place up after he scored a century in the second Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Kane Williamson and Virat Kohli retained their first and fourth position in the Test batsman rankings. England’s Ben Stokes has slipped two places down to 10th in the rankings. In the bowler’s rankings, James Anderson has moved one place up to sixth. India’s Ravi Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah have retained their respective eighth and ninth spot in the rankings.

Earlier, Paul Stirling from Ireland moved to the 20th position in ICC’s ranking for ODI batsmen after he notched 285 runs against Afghanistan. The right-hander notched tons in the second and third ODIs. Bangladesh’s Mehidy Hasan Miraz went to fourth, progressing nine spots. He also became the Player of the Match in the second ODI against the West Indies in Mirpur.

Here’s the ICC Test ranking for batsmen –

Player

Team Rating

Kane Williamson

New Zealand 919

Steve Smith

Australia 891

Marnus Labuschagne

Australia

878

Virat Kohli

India 862

Joe Root

England

823

Cheteshwar Pujara India

760

Babar Azam

Pakistan

755

Ajinkya Rahane India

748

Henry Nicholls New Zealand

747

Ben Stokes England

744

Here’s the ICC Test ranking for bowlers-

Player

Team Rating

Pat Cummins

Australia 908

Stuart Broad

England 839

Neil Wagner

New Zealand 825

Josh Hazlewood

Australia 816

Tim Southee

New Zealand

811

James Anderson England

807

Kagiso Rabada South Africa

777

Ravi Ashwin India

760

Jasprit Bumrah India

757

Jason Holder West Indies

753

Here’s the ICC Test ranking for all-rounders –

Player

Team Rating

Ben Stokes

England 427

Jason Holder

West Indies 423

Ravindra Jadeja

India 419

Shakib Al Hasan

Bangladesh 366

Kyle Jamieson

New Zealand

293

Ravi Ashwin India

281

Mitchell Starc Australia

275

Colin de Grandhomme New Zealand

258

Chris Woakes England

258

Pat Cummins Australia

249