DUBAI: India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has leapfrogged Pakistan skipper Babar Azam to go to the sixth spot in the latest ICC Test batting rankings released on Saturday. India’s Test deputy Ajinkya Rahane has also moved up a place.
Often criticised for his slow approach, Pujara batted like a warrior in the fourth Test against Australia to help set the stage for India’s historic win at Australia’s fortress — The Gabba. He took blows to the body, fingers, and head, but did not flinch. Pujara stood tall, defying the Australian bowlers who looked for one opportunity to break into the Indian lower-order.
Rahane, on the other hand, played the captain’s knock in the second Test to see India home. Rahane, who is now at the eight spot, hit 24 off 22 balls before Rishabh Pant`s match-winning knock in the fourth Test.
India skipper Virat Kohli and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson have retained their fourth and first spot in the latest rankings while England all-rounder Ben Stokes who was rested for Sri Lanka Tests has moved down two places to tenth position in the batting rankings.
In the bowling rankings, Indian bowlers Ravichandran Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah have retained their…