KOHLI Remains Number One Test Batsman Followed By Cheteshwar Pujara

DESPITE India losing test series to England on its soil, skipper Virat Kohli, 29, has maintained the topmost spot in the latest ICC rankings of Test batsmen released by the world’s governing body in Dubai. Delhi born Kohli also remains numberouno among the ODI batsman. Cheteshwar Pujara, 30, right hands batsman from Gujarat remains the second highest ranked Indian batsman. As cricbuzz says “There was a whisper in the cricketing fraternity in the early 2000s – a boy from Saurashtra had just scored a triple-hundred at the Under-14 level. Then, there were sightings: the same boy scored a double-hundred against England at the Under-19 level. The whispers got more prominent as he began to torment bowling attacks on his placid home-ground in Rajkot, and almost forced officials to change the playing conditions, such was his run-making prowess at the Ranji level”.He   helped India take the first innings lead . Also pacer Mohammed Shami climbed up three places to regain top 20th position among the bowlers. Mohammed Shami, 28 born in Uttar Pradesh but the Indian international cricketer represents Bengal in domestic cricket. He is a right-arm fast-medium swing and seam bowler, bowls consistently around the 87 mph mark making him a deceptively potent fast bowler.Delhi born Kohli , a right hand batsman has achieved a career-high 937 rating points after innings of 46 and 58 in the fourth Test against England. He  has scored 544 runs in his eight innings this series remaining  11th in the list of best ever in terms of rating points, just one adrift of a group of four – Gary Sobers, Clyde Walcott, Vivian Richards and Kumar Sangakkara.In the bowlers’ list, pacer Shami, 28, returned to the top 20 after his six-wicket match haul lifted him three places to 19th position while fellow fast bowler Ishant Sharma’s four wickets saw him move up one place to 25th position.Jasprit Bumrah continued the strong start to his Test career, moving to a career-best 487 points while retaining 37th position after his fifth Test. For England, all-rounder Sam Curran made quick gains while spinner Moeen Ali also moved up after the Southampton Test  on Sunday taking  a winning 3-1 lead in the five-match series against India.Moeen Munir Ali, 31,  an English international cricketer , has emerged as an  all-rounder. He is a left-handed batsman and right-arm off-spinner, who played county cricket for Warwickshire before moving to Worcestershire after the 2006 season. (image courtesy : Livmint)

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