In the most recent ICC Test rankings, which were revealed on Wednesday, India all-rounder Axar Patel climbed 20 positions to reach a career-best 18th position, and spinner Kuldeep Yadav rocketed 19 places to reach 49th position.
Kuldeep Yadav now has a rating of 455 after he took eight wickets and 113 runs in the opening test of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) against Bangladesh. He was awarded the Player of the Match award for his performance.
Axar, who won the match by taking five five kills, now has 650 points and has broken into the top 20 of the rankings. In the meantime, despite their injuries, Jasprit Bumrah (4th) and Ravichandran Ashwin (5th) have maintained their positions in the top five.
When it comes to hitters, both the experienced Cheteshwar Pujara and the younger Shubman Gill moved up ten spots, respectively, to the sixteenth and the fifty-fourth positions on the list.
In the first test that India played against Bangladesh the week before last, Pujara scored runs of 90 and 102, which helped him earn 664 rating points and move into the top 20.
Gill, the only Indian player to reach the century mark, now holds the 54th spot with 517 rating points. Shreyas Iyer has moved up 11 spots to 26th after scoring 86 runs in his maiden innings, while Rishabh Pant, the wicketkeeper, has maintained his position as the highest-ranked Indian batsman at number six.
Virat Kohli, the talismanic batsman for India, has moved up one spot and is now ranked 12th, while Rohit Sharma, the team’s captain who was sidelined with a thumb injury and is now ranked ninth.
After scoring two fifty-plus runs in the final test of the series against England in Karachi, Pakistan skipper Babar Azam moved up to the second position in his career, which is a career high for him.
In a low-scoring game between Australia and South Africa in Brisbane, Babar’s knocks of 78 and 54 enabled him pass Steve Smith, who was only able to score 36 and six runs during the match.
The gap between Babar and Marnus Labuschagne in the Test rankings is 61 points, despite the fact that Babar is ranked first in ODIs and fourth in T20Is.
Travis Head, an Australian batter whose first innings score of 92 was the highest in the Brisbane Test, has moved up three positions to reach a career-best fourth position as he crosses the 800-rating point mark for the first time in his career. His score in the first innings was the highest in the test.
In January of this year, he had a previous best performance of fifth place.
Ben Stokes, the captain of England, moved up the list of batters and is now ranked 23rd. Temba Bavuma, from South Africa, moved up the list by eight places and is now ranked 24th. Shakib Al Hasan, from Bangladesh, moved up the list by four places and is now ranked 37th.
After making century in all three of England’s Test matches in Pakistan, Harry Brook broke into the top 50 for the first time in his career.
After taking four wickets in each innings at Gabba, the South African quick Kagiso Rabada moved up four places in the bowlers’ rankings and is now in third place.
Before falling further down the rankings, Rabada, a bowler who had previously held the number one spot, had moved up to third place in August of this year. Due to Australia’s victory by six wickets, they have maintained their position at the top of the WTC table, with India currently holding the position of second place.