Ishant Sharma breaks into Top 20 in ICC rankings after Lord’s feat

first_imgThe ICC announced on Tuesday its latest rankings after India won the second Investec Test against England by 95 runs on Monday.According to the press release, India’s win has seen its young players make noticeable improvements on the Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings. India leads the five-Test series with the third Test to start in Southampton on July 27. Players who have risen in the rankings following the historic win include Man of the Match Ishant Sharma, fellow fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar, opener Murali Vijay and middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane.In the ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers, Ishant Sharma has returned to the top 20 for the first time in nearly three years. Following his match figures of seven for 135, including seven for 74 in the second innings, the towering Delhi bowler has jumped three places to 20th position. Sharma was last in 20th position following the third Test against the West Indies in Mumbai in 2013.Sharma now trails off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (11th), the highest-ranked India bowler, by 139 ratings points.Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 24, returned match figures of 47-17-103-6, including six for 82 in the first innings. He has vaulted 12 places to claim 34th position with team-mate Ravindra Jadeja in 28th position firmly within his sights.In the ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen, Vijay has rocketed 11 places to claim 19th position following his contributions of 24 and 95. This is his career-best ranking to date. Vijay is the third India batsman behind Cheteshwar Pujara (8th) and Virat Kohli (14th) to feature in the top 20.advertisementRahane, who scored a masterly 103 in the first innings, has gained 11 places on the table and is now sitting in 35th position.South Africa’s AB de Villiers is the No 1 Test batsman in the world, followed by Kumara Sangakkara and David Warner. Dale Steyn retains the top spot among bowlers, followed by Ryan Harris and Mitchell Johnson.last_img

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