New Delhi: In the ongoing Test series between India and England, there has been a big change in the ICC Test rankings. England captain Joe Root has become the number one batsman in the world. Indian skipper Virat Kohli has been battling poor form and has been dropped from the top five. Opener Rohit Sharma has been among the top five batsmen in Test cricket for the first time.
This is the first time in five years that Team India captain Virat Kohli has been dropped from the top five. Actually, Virat Kohli has been able to score only one half-century in five innings played on the England tour. Virat Kohli has now reached the sixth position with 766 points after losing 9 points. Since becoming an opener, Rohit Sharma has been consistently performing well in Test cricket. Two years ago, when Rohit Sharma was given the opportunity to open the innings in Tests, his Test ranking was 53rd. However, in two years he has become one of the top five batsmen in the world. Rohit Sharma is at the fifth position with 773 points.
England captain Joe Root has managed to reach the first position in the Test rankings for the first time in six years. Earlier this year, Joe Root was ranked ninth in the batsmen’s rankings. But now Root has overtaken Kane Williamson. Root leads the ICC rankings with 916 points. Williamson is second with 901 points and Smith is third with 891 points. James Anderson has reaped the benefits of his stellar performance against India among the bowlers. Anderson has now reached number five. Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins continues to be at the top, while R Ashwin also retains the second spot.