ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings 2021 Latest Update: Joe Root Closes in on Top-Ranked Kane Williamson, Virat Kohli Firm on Fifth Spot

IND vs ENG 2nd Test 2021 Day 3 Stat Highlights: Joe Root Shines As England Take Lead In the Match

Dubai, August 18: India skipper Virat Kohli and opening batsman Rohi Sharma remained firm at their respective fifth and sixth spot, but England captain Joe Root jumped two spots to claim the second position in the men’s Test Player Rankings. Root’s valiant 180 not out in the first innings of the Lord’s Test has taken him to within striking distance of top-ranked batter Kane Williamson in the Test rankings.

The England captain, started the series in fifth place and overtook Kohli after the first match against India, has risen another two slots to the second position after the second Test. Root, a formerly top-ranked batter in the format, is on 893 rating points, only eight less than Kiwi skipper Williamson.

Player of the Match is another batter to gain after helping India to a 151-run victory and a 1-0 lead in the five-Test series. The 29-year-old opener, whose career-best is the eighth position he attained in November 2017, has gained 19 slots to reach 37th place with a knock of 129 in the first innings.  T20 World Cup 2021: Hardik Pandya Has Potential to Take Game Away in the Whiff of a Breath, Says Dinesh Karthik.

The bowlers to gain from the Lord’s Test include James Anderson, has gained one spot and is sixth after a five-wicket haul in the first innings while England pacer Mark Wood and India’s Mohammad Siraj have made significant gains to reach 37th and 38th positions, respectively. Wood has gained five slots with five wickets in the match while Siraj’s four wickets in each innings sees him gain 18 places

The latest weekly update, which includes performances in the first Test in Kingston, sees Pakistan captain Babar Azam move up two slots to eighth position among batters after scores of 30 and 55 while Faheem Ashraf and Fawad Alam have gained four slots each to reach 48th and 55th positions, respectively. For the West Indies, won by one wicket against Pakistan, Jermaine Blackwood has gained nine slots to reach 35th position after getting 22 and 55. This Day That Year: Virat Kohli Made His International Debut in an ODI Against Sri Lanka in 2008.

All-rounder Jason Holder is up five places to 43rd and captain Kraigg Brathwaite, missed a first-innings century by three runs, has advanced 18 places to 45th. Holder has also moved into the top 10 for bowlers, his four wickets in the match lifting him two places to ninth position.

Fast bowler Jayden Seales has soared 39 places to 58th after his eight-wicket match haul that earned him the Player of the Match while Kemar Roach is another gainer, moving up two places to 11th. For Pakistan, left-arm fast bowler Shaheen Afridi has gained four slots to reach 18th position after taking four wickets in each innings and Faheem is up four places to 71st.

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