New Delhi,Sep 27 : India will reclaim the Test rankings top spot from Pakistan if they manage to win the second Test against New Zealand starting on Friday at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
Vijay and Pujara are on top 10 places whereas , Jadeja jumps to career-best third position among Test all-rounders
India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson have climbed up one place each to reach second position among bowlers and batsmen, respectively, in the latest MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings, which were released on Tuesday morning.
Ashwin’s match haul of 10-225, that helped notch a 197-run victory in the first Test in Kanpur on Monday, has seen him overtake England’s James Anderson by one point. He is now within seven points of number-one ranked Dale Steyn of South Africa, who leads the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers with 878 points.
The Kolkata Test, which starts on Friday, will potentially see Ashwin top the bowling charts for the second time in 2016 after first claiming the number-one position last year following the Boxing Day Tests.
Ashwin also contributed with a useful innings of 40 to consolidate his position at the top of the list of all-rounders. Ashwin has reached a career-best rating of 450, opening up a 66-point gap with second-placed Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh.
There was not much to cheer for other New Zealand batsmen apart from Williamson, but for India, opener Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara made significant gains.
Vijay and Pujara, who became the first Indian pair in 10 years to notch century partnerships in both innings of a Test match, moved up from joint-20th position to joint-16th position.
Williamson edged England’s Joe Root by a point with innings of 75 and 25 runs to reach 879 points in the batting rankings, which is led by Australia captain Steve Smith with 906 points.
Victory in its 500th Test means India is now one victory away from reclaiming the ICC Test Championship mace from Pakistan. India had entered the series trailing Pakistan by one point and needed to win the series to move ahead of its traditional rival.