Kohli retains number one spot in Test rankings, Cheteshwar Pujara on third

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Virat Kohli has retained the number one spot with 922 points in the latest ICC Test batsmen’s rankings released on Monday. The Indian skipper holds the top spot in the ODI rankings as well. Following the 30-year-old are New Zealand’s Kane Williamson who is on 913 points, and Cheteshwar Pujara, who is on 881 points.

In the team rankings, India hold their top spot before their tour to West Indies. The Men in Blue are followed by New Zealand, South Africa, England and Australia, who all make up the top five.

In the bowlers’ list, two Indians feature in the top 10 with Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin holding the sixth and 10th spot respectively.

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England pace spearhead James Anderson has been ruled out of the four-day Test against Ireland starting on Wednesday due to a right calf injury. Had the 36-year-old played the one-off Test, the second-placed bowler would have got a chance to bridge the 16-point gap to Australia’s Pat Cummins.

Anderson was overtaken by South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada (ranked third) in November last year and subsequently by current No. 1 Cummins.

In the all-rounders’ list, Jadeja is the best-ranked Indian at third spot. The left-arm spinner sits behind West Indies’ Jason Holder and Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh

(with inputs from PTI)

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