Despite the 1-4 series loss at the hands of England, the Virat Kohli led side continued to be at the numero uno position in the latest ICC Test team rankings. The Indian team had started the series at 125 points but the series loss meant it is now on 115 points.
Meanwhile, England have advanced to the fourth position in the rankings. They have gained eight points to move above the Kiwis (New Zealand) to 105 points and just one point behind Australia and South Africa, who are both on 106 points with the former marginally ahead on decimal points.
The Kiwis are followed by Sri Lanka, Pakistan, West Indies, Bangladesh, and Zimbabwe.
Meanwhile, Kohli, who made 593 runs in the series with an average of 59.3, had started the series 27 points behind Australia’s Steve Smith and finished one point ahead of Smith, his closest rival.
He may have failed in the last innings of the tour, but he finished the tour as the number one ranked batsman in the world.
Alastair Cook, who signed-off from the international cricket with a fairytale ending, moved into the top-10 of the latest ICC Test rankings. Cook’s memorable performance in the final Test lifted the opening batsman 11 positions to 10th in the latest rankings. This has been the third-best ranking for a retiring England batsman after Geoff Boycott (eighth) and Wally Hammond (fifth).
KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant, who were the heroes for India in the fifth and final Test match of the series, made big gains in the latest rankings update. Rahul has moved up to 19th position and Pant has moved up 63 places to the 111th position after his knock of 114.
In the ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers, James Anderson started and finished the series in number-one ranking. He started the series with 892 points and finished the series with one point shy of the 900-point mark.
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Sports Journalist by profession, a Cricket Fanatic by passion. Aayush Sharma has been following the game of cricket since childhood and considers Sachin Tendulkar as his idol. When in free time, he loves to read books or go out and play some gully cricket with friends. For him, Tennis ace Roger Federer and F1 Legend Michael Schumacher are the only sportspersons that reach the level of Tendulkar