Ravi Ashwin and Shreyas Iyer move up in ICC rankings after brilliant show vs BAN; Virat and Pujara slip down
Team India registered a 2-0 whitewash against Bangladesh in the recently concluded test series. India outplayed them in the first game, while the second game ended in a close finish. However, the likes of Ravi Ashwin and Shreyas Iyer, who did well in the second game, have benefited from their performances.
Notably, Ashwin and Iyer added the match-winning partnership of 71 runs for the 8th wicket to seal the deal for India. Chasing the target of 145, India lost 74/7 and were looking to suffer their first loss against Bangladesh.
But both batters held their nerve and took India over the line. As a result, on Wednesday, both players moved up in the latest ICC test rankings. The veteran off-spinner has moved one spot up in the bowler's ranking and is now joint-fourth along with Jasprit Bumrah.
Meanwhile, Ashwin has risen three places to 84th in the test batsmen rankings, thanks to a half-century in the first test and an unbeaten 42 in the chase. Notably, the 35-year-old has previously been at the top of the bowlers' and all-rounders' rankings.
His rating points have increased by seven points, and now he is the No. 2 ranked test all-rounder with 343 ratings, behind Ravindra Jadeja with 369 rating points. On the other hand, Iyer, who scored 202 runs in three innings at an average of 101, has moved up to his career high of 16th place.
Prior to the second game, he was in 26th place, but he scored 87 runs and 29 not out in two innings of the second game, which improved his rankings. Meanwhile, Cheteshwar Pujara, who won the "Man of the Series" award with the most runs (222) in the series, has slipped three spots to 19th place. It is because he only scored 30 runs in the second game.
The former Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who had an unforgettable series with only 45 runs in two tests, has slipped to 14th place from 12th. Rishabh Pant is the top-ranked Indian batter, taking the 6th spot in the rankings.