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Rohit Sharma reaches career-best No. 8 spot in ICC Test Rankings

March 1, 2021

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Ankit Seth

Indian opening batsman Rohit Sharma has jumped six spots in the latest ICC Test Batting Rankings. The 33-year-old has achieved a career-best ranking of No. 8. Rohit Sharma is now the second highest-ranked India Test batsman after Virat Kohli. The Indian captain has retained his fifth spot on the batting charts. Rohit Sharma started as a Test opener back in 2019. He has been impressive with the bat for the team across all conditions. While the Mumbai Indians skipper was missing out on converting starts into big knocks in Australia, he has been the best batsman in the ongoing Test series against England.

After missing out in the first Test, Sharma smashed a match-defining 161 in the 2nd Test in Chennai. His century helped the hosts bounce back and level the series 1-1 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk.

Rohit has amassed 298 runs in three Tests against England

Talking about the Pink-ball Test, Rohit once again proved that he could survive on difficult pitches as he hit 61 runs. The opener was among the only two batsmen who managed to hit half-centuries in Ahmedabad. Rohit has amassed 298 runs in three Tests against England. Meanwhile, India’s Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara has dropped two spots to No. 10 on the Batting Rankings. Kane Williamson continues to lead the ICC Test Rankings, followed by Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne and Joe Root.

Meanwhile, off-spinner R Ashwin is climbing up the ladder following his match-winning performances against England. Ashwin progressed four spots to No. 3 as he continues to be the only spinner in the top 10 of the Rankings. Left-arm spinner Axar Patel, who made his debut in the second Test against England, has also moved 30 places to reach the 38th spot. England spinner Jack Leach has also made his way in the top 30 for the first time. He has moved up three places to 28th after scalping four wickets.

Ashwin has been excellent with the ball since the return of international cricket after the Covid-19 pandemic. He picked up 13 wickets in three Tests in Australia. In the ongoing series against England, Ashwin has accumulated 24 wickets. Ashwin recently became the second quickest bowler to reach 400 Test wickets. Pat Cummins and Neil Wagner occupy the top 2 positions in the Bowling Rankings, James Anderson has slipped to No. 6.

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Written By,

Ankit Seth