DUBAI: versatile India Axar Patel jumped 20 spots to a career-best 18th while spinning Kuldeep Yadav catapulted 19 spots to 49th in the latest ICC test rankings released on Wednesday.
Kuldeep, who was voted player of the match for his eight of 113 in the first test of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) against Bangladesh, has 455 ranking points.
Axar, who earned five scalps in the match, has 650 points entering the top 20.
Meanwhile, the wounded Jasprit Bumrah (4th) and Ravichandran Ashwin (5th) continued their stay in the top five.
Among the hitters, veteran Cheteshwar Pujara and young Shubman Gill jumped 10 positions each to be 16th and 54th.
Pujara’s 90 and 102 in the first Test against Bangladesh last week helped him into the top 20 with 664 points.
The other Indian centurion of the match, Gill is 54th with 517 points in the standings.
Shreyas IyerFirst innings of 86 lifted him 11 places to 26th as a wicketkeeper Rishabh Pants continues to remain India’s highest ranked batter at number six.
Skipper Rohit Sharma, who missed the opening test with a thumb injury, is number nine while talismanic Virat Kohli has moved up a place to 12th.
Pakistan captain Babar Azam has reached a career-best second after scoring two half-centuries in the latest Test series against England in Karachi.
Babar’s shots of 78 and 54 helped him past Steve Smith, who shot 36 and six in a low-scoring game between Australia and South Africa in Brisbane.
Babar, who is ranked first in the ODIs and fourth in the T20Is, trails Marnus Labuschagne 61 points in the Test standings.
australian pasta Travis headwhose first-innings score of 92 was the highest in the Brisbane Test, moved up three places to a career-best fourth as he cleared the 800-point mark for the first time in his career.
His previous record was fifth position in January of this year.
England captain Ben Stokes (up to 23rd place), South African Temba Bavuma (up eight places up to 24th) and Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan (up four places up to 37th) are some of the others to move up the hitting list.
England’s Harry Brook is in the top 50 for the first time after scoring centuries in all three Tests in Pakistan.
In the bowling rankings, fast South African Kagiso Rabada moved up four places to third after taking four wickets in each innings at Gabba.
Rabada, a formerly top-ranked bowler, finished third in August this year before slipping down the rankings.
Australia’s six-wicket win saw them cement their position at the top of the WTC table with India in second place.


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