ICC Test Rankings: Pujara surpasses Kohli; Smith remains atop

Cheteshwar Pujara

Cheteshwar Pujara (Photo: AFP)

Pujara rose to No.2 in the ICC Test Batsman rankings, released on Tuesday.

India’s middle-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara rose to No.2 in the ICC Test batsman rankings, released on Tuesday.

The iconic but measured knock of 202 runs off 525 balls at Ranchi helped Pujara to surpass captain Virat Kohli as India’s top-ranked batsman.

Kohli, who has been up to the mark in the ongoing India vs Australia four-Test series that is currently level by 1-1, has been placed fourth, following third-ranked England’s Joe Root with a margin of 22 points.

Australian skipper Steve Smith has topped the batting rankings after scoring an exemplary knock of 178 runs (not out) in the third Test, which ended in a draw on Monday.

Pujara was elevated to the second spot from the sixth place, while Australian opener David Warner slipped to eighth position from fifth following a poor run of form.

In the bowler's chart, Indian tweaker Ravindra Jadeja claimed the top position. The 28-year-old spinner surpassed teammate Ravichandran Ashwin to top the ICC bolwers' rankings.

Jadeja has taken 21 wickets from three Tests of the undergoing series.

Australia's pacer Josh Hazlewood slipped from third to fourth, chasing Sri Lankan spinner Rangana Herath.

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