Mumbai: The ICC test rankings chart remained unaffected for both teams and bowlers as team India and its spin maestro Ravinchandran Ashwin held on to the No. 1 position on the ICC Test rankings.
India leads the team’s table with 115 points ahead of its arch-rivals Pakistan (111) and Australia (108). Fourth position is occupied by England followed by South Africa, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, West Indies with Bangladesh and Zimbabwe as per the rankings table.
R Ashwin, who recently became the second fastest person to pick 200 wickets during the test series against New Zealand, held onto his throne with 900 points. South African pacer Dale Steyn is second on the list with 878 points and English pacer James Anderson is third with 853 points.
Ravindra Jadeja, Ashwin’s spin partner was ranked seventh with 805 points.
Ashwin, who is also contributing with his bat, has also occupied the apex position for all-rounder’s table with 451 points while Jadeja is placed fifth on the table with 292 points.
Indian Vice-Captain Ajinkya Rahane is the top-ranked Indian batsman who is placed sixth on batsmen’s table with 825 points while Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli occupied 14th and 16th place respectively.
Bangladeshi teen spin sensation Mehedi Hasan has jumped to 33rd position on the bowler’s rankings for test bowlers after Bangladesh registered its first win against England which helped the home side to draw the series 1-1 at Mirpur.
Mehedi had won the player of the U19 ICC Cricket World Cup 2016 award at the same venue. Again showcasing his talent, he picked up 12 for 159 which helped him jump to 28 positions. England’s trio of Chris Woakes, Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali also improved their rankings on the table.
English Captain Alaistair Cook moved one placed up to 11th while Tamim Iqbal climbed four positions to 20th after the series. Mominul Haque one place to 26th, Shakib Al Hasan is now in 27th position after moving up one place and Imrul Kayes has earned two spots and is now in 53rd. England’s Joe Root slipped two positions from third to fifth position.
Bangladesh’s 108 run victory over England has gained them 8 ranking points which means they have 65 points, just two points short of the eighth rank West Indies. Whereas England was dropped to 105 points conceding three points.
Australia will play a series with South Africa in which Australian skipper Steve Smith, the number-one ranked batsman on the table is ahead South Africa’s Hashim Amla (third ranked) by 59 points.
Adam Voges (seventh), David Warner (ninth), Faf de Plessis (25th), Dean Elgar (28th) and Quinton de Kock (30th) are the other batsmen inside the top 30 to feature in the series.
While in the bowling department, second-ranked Dale Steyn is trailing Ashwin by 22 points, while Australia’s Mitchell Starc is eighth on the table, 69 points ahead of South Africa’s 10th ranked Vermon Philander.