ICC Test Rankings: Joe Root, Rishabh Pant make big gains, Virat Kohli out of top-10 batsmen

Written by Sumit Seth

Following the rescheduled 5th Test of the ICC World Test Championship that was played in Edgbaston, England batter Joe  Root has consolidated his position as the No. 1 batsman and currently has 932 rating points – which is 44 points more than second-ranked batsman Marnus Labuschagne.

In the ICC Test Rankings released on July 7, Indian gloveman Rishabh Pant also made big gains. Pant was the star performer with the bat for Team India in the 5th Test where he smashed a century in the first innings and followed it with another half-century in the second innings. Pant is now the highest-ranked batter from India after gaining six slots to reach a career-best fifth position. The wicketkeeper-batter’s previous best was seventh position, which he occupied between March and August last year.

Meanwhile after a long time, former Indian skipper Virat Kohli is not among the top 10 batsmen in the list following another poor outing – as he amassed 31 runs in two innings in the 5th Test.

Another in-form English batsman Jonny Bairstow, who smashed back-to-back centuries in both innings of the 5th Test, has jumped 11 slots to take the tenth position. Bairstow had a great series against New Zealand recently where he scored 394 runs in 3 Tests.

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