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ICC Test Rankings: Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah climb, Rohit Sharma widens gap over Virat Kohli

Shardul Thakur

Dubai, September 8: England batsman Ollie Pope and India all-rounder Shardul Thakur have made notable gains in the ICC Rankings for Test players after fine performances in the fourth Test of their World Test Championship series played at The Oval.

Pope's first innings knock of 82 has helped him advance nine slots to 49th position among batters while Thakur's two half-centuries have lifted him a good 59 places to 79th position. Thakur has also moved up seven places to 49th in the bowlers' list after finishing with four wickets in the match.

India opener Rohit Sharma remains fifth but his match-winning 127 in the second innings sees him increase the lead over captain Virat Kohli from seven to 30 rating points while fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah is up from 10th to ninth after finishing with two wickets in each innings of the match.

Bumrah bowled a brilliant spell in the post-lunch session of the final day of the fourth Test dismissing Jonny Bairstow and Pope in quick succession that tilted the Oval Test in India's favour. India are now leading 2-1 in the series and the fifth and final Test will be played at Old Trafford from September 10.

England all-rounder Chris Woakes is another one to progress in the latest weekly update, gaining seven places to reach 87th among batters and three places to 23rd among bowlers after finishing with seven wickets at The Oval.

Ollie Robinson's five wickets have lifted him three places to 33rd.

In the, the ICC Men's T20I Player Rankings, Paul Stirling has gained nine slots to reach 14th place after scoring 234 runs in the five-match series against Zimbabwe, which they won at home.

Craig Ervine is another batter to move up the batting rankings, from 128th to 85th.

For Bangladesh, spin bowlers Shakib Al Hassan and Mehedi Hasan, who have four wickets each in the first three matches of their ongoing five-match home series against New Zealand, have also progressed.

Shakib has gone up from 12th to ninth and Mehedi from 91st to 24th.

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Story first published: Wednesday, September 8, 2021, 16:12 [IST]
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