Virat and India drop in ICC Test rankings


Dubai: Indian openers Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay achieved career-best positions but skipper Virat Kohli dropped out of the ICC rankings ‘ top-10’ after the drawn one-off cricket Test against Bangladesh in Fatullah.

Vijay has moved up three places to 20th, while Dhawan has vaulted 15 places to 45th. Ajinkya Rahane is the other notable mover and despite missing out on a century, he has climbed up four places to a career-high 22nd to date, the ICC said in a statement. However, Kohli has slipped a rung to 11th.

In the bowlers’ chart, Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan have gained one place each and are now 12th and 16th, respectively. On the other hand India dropped in number four in Test Rankings.

Meanwhile, Australia’s Steven Smith became the second youngest batsman after Indian icon Sachin Tendulkar to achieve the number-one spot in the rankings for Test batsmen after stellar batting displays in the Kingston Test, which Australia won by 277 runs to win the series 2-0.