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Pant gains big in the latest ICC Test Rankings

Rishabh Pant has reached 17th in the latest ICC Test Rankings

Bengaluru, January 8: Rishabh Pant has attained new highs for an India wicketkeeper in the latest ICC Test Player Rankings after his superb century in the drawn final Test in Sydney against Australia. Pant made a fine 150 to push India's total past the 600-run mark and he had also taken 20 catches in the series in an impressive effort behind the stumps.

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1. Pant's feat

1. Pant's feat

The 21-year-old left-hander has gained 21 slots and reached 17th place, the joint-highest by a specialist India wicketkeeper along with Farokh Engineer, who did so in January 1973. Further, Pant's aggregate of 673 rating points are the highest by an India wicketkeeper, with Dhoni having the next highest aggregate of 662 points and Engineer 619 points. Dhoni's highest Test ranking was 19th. Pant, a star at the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in 2016 when he scored an 18-ball half-century against Nepal, has moved into the top-20 after only his ninth Test match with an unbeaten 159. Pant had started the Australia tour in 59th place and made rapid progress, scoring 350 runs in a series that also saw him take 20 catches.

2. Pujara moves to third

2. Pujara moves to third

Cheteshwar Pujara, who scored 521 runs to help India beat Australia 2-1 and claim the player of the series award, is another batsman to gain in the latest rankings update. Pujara has gained one slot to reach third position while all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja (up six places to 57th) and rookie opener Mayank Agarwal (up five places to 62nd) are the others from his team to advance at the end of a historic series win.

3. Gain for Kuldeep, Jadeja

3. Gain for Kuldeep, Jadeja

Spinner Kuldeep Yadav has gained seven slots to reach a career-best 45th position after his figures of five for 99 in Australia's first innings even as Jasprit Bumrah has held on to 16th position and Mohammed Shami has gained one place to take the 22nd slot. Jadeja has gained one place to reach fifth among bowlers and has also leapfrogged Windies captain Jason Holder into second place among all-rounders.

4. Gainers for Australia

4. Gainers for Australia

For Australia, opener Marcus Harris has advanced 21 places to take a career-best 69th position after a fine 79 in the first innings while off-spinner Nathan Lyon has inched up from 14th to 13th position.

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    Story first published: Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 12:48 [IST]
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