After a terrific showing in the third Test against India, Australia batsman Steve Smith overtook Indian skipper Virat Kohli to reach No. 2 in the ICC Test Batsmen’s Ranking. Smith scored a century (131) in the first innings in the Sydney Test and followed it up with an 81 in the second innings. Despite his terrific performance, the Aussies were unable to get past the dogged Indian resistance on the final day which led to the Test being drawn.
Meanwhile, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson stays on top in the rankings after his commanding double century against Pakistan in the second Test which only extended his terrific run of form. Virat Kohli who has now slipped to No. 3 because of his absence in the final three Tests against Australia will look to make a statement with his performances in the upcoming series at home against England in February.
Rishabh Pant and Cheteshwar Pujara jump places
Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant who helped India in securing a draw with their ‘fire and ice’ performance on Day 5 of the Sydney Test have jumped places thanks to the same. Pant has moved to the 19th spot from the 26th position. Pujara has jumped two places to reach 8th.
India’s stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane who couldn’t continue his form from the second Test in the third, has dropped a place and sits at 7th place now. Henry Nicholls who scored a century for New Zealand against Pakistan in the second Test has broken into the top 10 and is at 9th place.