Dubai. India’s star wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant has climbed five places to a career-best fifth in the list of batsmen in the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) Test rankings released on Wednesday, while out-of-form Virat Kohli has been struggling for the first time in six years. Bar dropped out of the top 10. Pant scored 146 and 57 runs in both the innings against England in the recently held fifth Test due to Kovid-19. Pant has scored two centuries and three half-centuries in the last six Test innings.
Former India captain Kohli, however, slipped four places to 13th in the batting rankings. He has been battling poor form for quite some time now. Kohli has dropped out of the top 10 in Test rankings for the first time in six years. Current Indian captain Rohit Sharma, who was out of the Edgbaston Test due to being found Kovid-19 positive, has also lost a place in the rankings. He is ranked ninth. Joe Root, who scored an unbeaten 142 in England’s second innings at Edgbaston, has consolidated his position at the top of the batting rankings. He has 923 marks.
Australian batsmen Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith are in second and third place respectively. Jonny Bairstow, who has been in excellent form and scored centuries in both the innings of the fifth Test against India, has jumped 11 places to 10th in the rankings. Bairstow has so far scored 1218 runs at an average of 55.36 with the help of six centuries in the ongoing ICC Test Championship cycle.