ICC Test Rankings: Virat Kohli down to fifth, Joe Root up to third after Chennai Test

England captain Joe root has finished ahead of his Indian counterpart Virat Kohli in the ICC Men’s Test Player Ranking, for the first time since November 2017. Currently, Root is 36 points behind Kane Williamson and eight points behind Steve Smith.

The 30-year old Englishman’s 218 in the first Test against India in Chennai helped him to raise two places to the third spot. Root has accumulated 684 runs in three Tests played in the sub-continent with two of the games held in Sri Lanka.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli slipped down to the fifth position with Marnus Labuschagne occupying the fourth spot. While Root accumulated 883 points, Labuschagne earned 878 and Kohli with 852 points.

Rishabh Pant’s 91 in the first innings of the first Test against England helped him to become the first full-time Indian wicketkeeper to reach 700 rating points. He retains the 13th position among batsmen.

In the bowler’s rankings, England pacer James Anderson jumped to the third spot from the sixth position. This is Anderson’s highest ranking since the beginning of the ICC World Test Championship. Currently, Aussie pacer Pat Cummins leads the bowling rankings with 908 points.

England cricketer Ben Stokes tops the all-rounder’s ranking with 428 points. Jason Holder and Ravindra Jadeja trail behind him with 414 and 410 points respectively.

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