New Delhi. After the spectacular performance in the World Test Championship Final, the ranking of Australia batsmen has made a huge jump. Australian batsmen occupy the top three positions in the latest ICC batting rankings. While Marnus Labuschagne has retained the top spot, Steve Smith, who scored a century in the first innings of the WTC final, is second and Travis Head is third. Usman Khawaja is the fourth Australian to make it to the top-10 in the batting rankings, who is at 9th position with 777 rating points.
This is the second time in the batting rankings that three players from the same team have occupied the first three positions. Earlier this happened in December 1984 when West Indies’ Gordon Greenidge, Clive Lloyd and Larry Gomes made it to the top-3.
Rishabh Pant is the only Indian in the top-10 batsmen
New Zealand’s Kane Williamson is fourth behind all three Australians in the MRF Tires ICC Men’s Test Batting Rankings. Talking about India, Rishabh Pant, who is recovering after a car accident, is the only batsman in the top-10. He is in 10th place while Rohit Sharma is in 12th and Virat Kohli is in 13th place. Ajinkya Rahane has got the benefit of excellent batting in both innings of WTC final, who has come in 37th position. Rahane scored 89 in the first innings and 46 in the second innings.
Ashwin retains top spot in bowling
On the other hand, despite not getting a place in the playing XI of the WTC final, India’s Ravichandran Ashwin (R. Ashwin) has retained his Test number one bowler position. Leg-spinner Ravindra Jadeja is at the 9th position. The Australian off-spinner has moved up two places to sixth in the bowlers’ rankings, while India’s Jasprit Bumrah has dropped two places to be at 8th. Bumrah played his last Test in July last year.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 14, 2023, 17:45 IST