India skipper Virat Kohli was on Wednesday pushed to the fifth spot by his English counterpart Joe Root, who rose two rungs to 3rd within the latest ICC Test rankings for batsmen, even as Jasprit Bumrah and R Ashwin moved up within the bowlers’ chart.
Kohli, who had many 11 and 72 within the opening Test against England, has 852 points and down one spot within the latest chart issued on Wednesday.
Veteran spinner Ashwin and pacer Bumrah have jumped a rung each to be seventh and eighth respectively.
Root, who helped his team to a memorable 227-run victory in Chennai that kept England in contention for the ICC World Test Championship final, has reached 883 rating points.
It is his highest position since September 2017 after a wonderful run within the sub-continent saw him accumulate 684 runs in three Tests, two of which were in Sri Lanka .
Ahead of Kohli for the primary time since November 2017, Root is now 36 points behind top-ranked Kane Williamson and trails Steve Smith by only eight points. With Marnus Labuschagne also within the mix, competition for the highest five slots is intense with all of them above 850 rating points.
For India, Rishabh Pant’s knock of 91 within the first innings has helped him become the primary full-time wicketkeeper from his country to succeed in 700 rating points as he retained the 13th position among batsmen.
Opener Shubman Gill progressed seven places to 40th position while all-rounder Washington Sundar is 81st after moving up two slots. Left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem too has gained two places to succeed in 85th position among bowlers.
Opener Dom Sibley is another England batsman to realize within the latest rankings update, his knocks of 87 and 16 helping him rise 11 places to 35th, while their players also made the high within the bowling rankings presently led by Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins.
Formerly top-ranked James Anderson is up to 3rd from sixth and only four points behind compatriot Stuart Broad, a fellow-member of the 500-wicket club.
Anderson is at his highest ranking since the beginning of the ICC World Test Championship while spinners Jack Leach and Dominic Bess are both at career-best rating points, moving up to 37th and 41st positions, respectively.
West Indies batsman Kyle Mayers, whose many 40 and 210 not out helped script an epic win within the first Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong, has entered the rankings in 70th position with 448 rating points.
It is the simplest by a West Indian batsman on debut and therefore the second-best ever on debut after RE Foster, who was on 449 rating points back in 1903 after scoring 287 on debut for England against Australia in Sydney.
Others to realize for the West Indies include captain Kraigg Brathwaite (up eight places to 53rd) among batsmen and therefore the spin pair of Jomel Warrican (up 14 places to 62nd) and Rahkeem Cornwall (up six places to 65th).
For Bangladesh, captain Mominul Haque’s 10th Test century has lifted him eight places to 33rd. All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has gained four slots to succeed in 30th position among batsmen while off-spinner Mehidy Hasan has progressed from 28th to 24th position.
Pakistan completing a 2-0 overwhelm South Africa is followed with excellent news from the rankings perspective also , especially with reference to fast bowling.
Player of the series Mohammad Rizwan has attained a career-best 16th place after many 26 and 115 helped him make a leap of 19 places within the list.