Rishabh Pant attains highest rank: The Indian wicket-keeper has jumped 21 spots to reach the highest rank for an Indian wicket-keeper.
On the back of his game-changing second Test hundred against Australia at Sydney a few days ago, India wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant has attained the highest rank for an Indian wicket-keeper batsman in Test cricket.
The latest development in the ICC Test rankings has seen the 21-year old wicket-keeper batsman jumping 21 spots to reach No. 17 in the batsmen’s rankings. It is worth mentioning that No. 17 is the joint-highest for an Indian wicket-keeper batsman, also attained by Farokh Engineer in January 1973.
Second-highest run-scorer in the series, Pant scored 350 runs in four matches at an average of 58.33 and a strike rate of 73.99. His stellar form saw him reaching to 673 rating points, another highest for an Indian wicket-keeper. Former India captain and current wicket-keeper batsman in limited-overs cricket Mahendra Singh Dhoni had a highest career rating point and rank of 662 and No. 19 respectively.
‘Man of the Series’ Cheteshwar Pujara, who was the highest run-scorer in the series, jumped up by one spot to reach No. 3 in the rankings. India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja went up six places to reach 57th position whereas opening batsman Mayank Agarwal jumped up by five places to reach No. 62.
Kuldeep Yadav, who registered his second five-wicket haul at Sydney, moved up by seven position to reach career-best No. 45. Ravindra Jadeja gained one spot to reach No. 5 in the bowlers’ list. In the all-rounders’ list, he surpassed West Indies captain Jason Holder to reach No. 2.
Despite ending the series as the highest wicket-taker, fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah didn’t receive any gain, retaining his No. 16th position. Mohammad Shami gained one spot to reach No. 22.
Having won the Test series 2-1, India have retained their No. 1 rank in the team’s list.
Among the other batsmen, Australia’s Marcus Harris jumped 21 positions to reach a career-best No. 69, South Africa’s Aiden Markram jumped seven positions to reach No. 10, Temba Bavuma jumped five positions to reach No. 26, Pakistan’s Asad Shafiq jumped five position to reach No. 24, Babar Azam moved up by a couple of position to reach No. 25, Shan Masood moved up by 22 spot to reach No. 69 and captain Sarfraz Ahmed has jumped five position to reach No. 37.
Talking about the bowlers, South Africa’s Vernon Philander jumped a position to reach No. 3, Duanne Olivier jumped four position to reach No. 32 and Pakistan’s Shaheen Afridi jumped 13 position to reach No. 60.
Read some of the latest Twitter reactions on the same below:
one my favourite player 😊
— Mir Murtaza (@murtazamir50) January 8, 2019
Words from a legend Ricky Ponting says it all how Pant will come in near future by making more records he started making records in overseas tour England and Aussies
Big future for this 21 year old. pic.twitter.com/fXnjJ5vpLU
— Peter Jole (Punit) (@peter_jole) January 8, 2019
Pant my boy, will rise higher and higher
— Sayan The VIRATIAN (@KohliWorshiper) January 8, 2019
@RishabPant777 has been rock well done bro. ❤️❤️👏👏
— ramdayal pandey (@Rdpandey1998) January 8, 2019
Ye Naya Hindustan Hai
Yaha Ke Londe Tehlka Machayenge
— SIR CHAHAL (@SirChahal) January 8, 2019
Indian right now pic.twitter.com/BnYzRnq2cT
— Akki Ray (@vicky_rocks4u) January 8, 2019
He Should Open The innings in test
— FAISAL M FS (@FslMFS) January 8, 2019