Coming at the back of a string of terrific performances laced with centuries, England skipper Joe Root has reclaimed his position as the No. 1 Test batsman in the ICC Cricket Ranking. The last time he reigned at the top position was back in December 2015.
Joe Root has been phenomenal during the ongoing five-match Test series against India. He smashed centuries in all the three Tests played so far in Nottingham, Lord’s, and Leeds, which helped him in overtaking the Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson in acquiring the top spot. Root amassed 507 runs at an incredible average of 126.75.
Before the start of the series, Root was ranked fifth in the Test Batsman Cricket Ranking. He leapfrogged to the second position last week and ultimately took over the first position after playing the match-winning knock in the fourth Test (121 runs).
“It [the news of going to No. 1] is a nice thing to hear. My main focus is on trying to keep scoring runs and get us across the line in this series. As nice as it is, there’s still so much hard work to do and the focus doesn’t change. It’s all about continuing to try and keep getting better, continue scoring runs and hopefully setting up games to win Test matches. It’s obviously nice but it’s not something I have as a goal or the main focus in what I’m trying to do, but I’m obviously proud to hear that I’ve achieved that. It would be nice to be able to stay there now and continue playing in the way I am,” Root said.
Test Cricket Ranking: Rohit Sharma overtakes Kohli, Anderson breaks into the Top 5
Among other major gains in the rankings, Indian team hard-hitter Rohit Sharma has made big gains to overtake skipper Virat Kohli in claiming the fifth spot with a rating point 773. Kohli has consequently slipped to the sixth position. Sharma scored 19 and 59 in the two innings of the Headingley Test match. He registered 83 and 21 in the second Test, and
England pacer James Anderson has made his way back into the Top 5 of the Test bowling rankings and acquired the fifth position with a rating point 813. He took a four-wicket haul in the Test at Headingley. He took a four-wicket haul in the first Test as well and a five-wicket haul in the second Test.
Other English players who climbed up the rankings include Jonny Bairstow (five places up to 24th) and Dawid Malan (ranked 88th). While Player of the Match Ollie Robinson (to No.36) and Craig Overton (73rd spot) also jumped up the table. On the other hand, among Indians Cheteshwar Pujara’s 91 helped him rise to three places and rank 15th.
The ongoing Test series between the two teams is levelled 1-1 after the third Test at Headingley. The fourth Test will commence on September 2 at The Oval.
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