ICC Test Rankings Announced, Another Indian Enters Top 10 In Bowler's Rankings
The International Cricket Council has updated the Test Rankings. As part of this, a few Indian players have seen their rankings move higher. This has mainly been due to the win in Centurion Test. An Indian bowler has also entered the Top 10, thus making it two Indians in the list.
India's win at Centurion improves the points of many Indian players
Team India won the first Test against South Africa at Centurion. The squad has struggled always in the Rainbow Nation but this time around, they have started well. India has anyways been dominant in the five-day format now. The South African team is slightly weakened and India's win was expected. Hence, Virat Kohli's men coasted to a 113-run win. The men in blue are now looking to create history by winning the series. This could happen at the Wanderers.
Jasprit Bumrah enters the Top 10
R Ashwin, thanks to his 52-wicket year in 2021, has enjoyed the No.2 spot below Pat Cummins in the Test Rankings. However, he did not have company from the Indian squad in the Top 10. Bumrah was one of the top bowlers in the first game against South Africa.
🔺 Jasprit Bumrah into the top 10— ICC (@ICC) January 5, 2022
🔺 Kagiso Rabada surges up
The pace duo make gains in the latest @MRFWorldwide ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings for bowling 📈
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Hence, moving three places up, he has occupied the ninth spot on the list. The Gujarat pacer did contribute at important junctures for Team India. While he picked a few wickets early in the innings, he also broke a few important partnerships.
The likes of KL Rahul and Mohammed Shami, who did well in the Centurion Test, also witnessed considerable improvements in their rankings. If they put on consistent performances, they can also climb up the ladder.
From South Africa's perspective, Kagiso Rabada and Marco Jansen have also improved on their rankings. However, the duo must be at their best to not taste defeat at the hands of the Indians.