Dubai: Indian opener KL Rahul has gained 18 places in the latest ICC Test rankings to reach 31st position in the batsmen’s list thanks to his ‘player of the match’ performance in his 113-run victory in the first Test against South Africa. With this win at Centurion, India took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series that is part of the World Test Championship (WTC). Rahul’s best ranking in this format is eighth, which he achieved in November 2017.
He scored 123 runs in the first innings and shared a crucial 117-run partnership for the first wicket with Mayank Agarwal (60 runs), making India the first Asian team to win a Test match at this venue and also scoring important points in the WTC points table. Achieved. Agarwal gained a place while Ajinkya Rahane jumped two places to be at the 25th spot in the latest update on Wednesday. Fast bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami are also other Indians to move up the rankings.
Bumrah has moved up three places to ninth with five wickets in the match, while Shami has taken eight wickets, including five in the first innings. With this performance, Shami has gained two places to reach 17th position. For South Africa, captain and opener Dean Elgar has moved up two places to 14th after scoring 77 in the second innings.
Temba Bavuma jumped 16 places to be ranked 39th with scores of 52 and 35 not out. Kagiso Rabada took seven wickets to move up one place to sixth place while fellow pacer Lungi Ngidi jumped 16 places to 30th after taking eight wickets in the match. Debutant left-arm pacer Marco Jensen has moved up the rankings from 97th position. (agency)