England batsman Ollie Pope has been doing the rounds for the last week. The batsman after his heroics in the Hyderabad Test against India helped his team take a 1-0 lead in the series and also earned high praise for the brave innings he played.
Ollie Pope for his brilliance with the bat in Hyderabad has been rewarded. The batsman made a big gain in the ICC Test Batsman Rankings on Wednesday (January 31). England’s No. 3 in Test cricket rose 20 places to acquire the 15th spot in the Test rankings for batsmen.
Ollie Pope played a blinder in the second innings at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. The batsman oozed class and played a marathon 196 runs that got England out of trouble and into a dominant position, once again putting pressure on the hosts.
Ollie Pope’s innings came at a time when England were 190 runs behind. In the second innings, the visitors lost early wickets and came under pressure. When the chips were down and the pressure was high, he stepped up for his team and made sure to finish with near-perfect innings.
This was Ollie Pope’s highest score in an away Test and the fourth highest individual innings by an England player in a Test in India. It was arguably one of the best innings by the touring batsmen in Indian conditions, who offered turn.
Apart from Ollie Pope, Australia opener Usman Khawaja, after his half-century against the West Indies at the Gabba, also made substantial gains in the rankings. The left-hander jumped two places to No. 8. While Ben Duckett, after his handy innings in Hyderabad, gained five places to No. 22.
New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson is the number one ranked Test batsman. While English batsman Joe Root is in second place followed by Steve Smith. Kiwi batsman Daryl Mitchell got the No. 4 spot, followed by Babar Azam and Virat Kohli, who occupy the fifth and sixth spots as ICC Test batsmen.
Aside from Ollie Papa; Jasprit Bumrah takes fourth place
While Ollie Pope made headlines for his batting prowess in the Test rankings for batsmen, India pacer Jasprit Bumrah did the same in the bowling department. The fast bowler had a great performance in Hyderabad, offering assistance to the spinners.
Jasprit Bumrah claimed two wickets in the first innings and then followed it up with a four-wicket haul in the second innings. His impressive performances saw him rise to fourth place in the ICC Test rankings for bowlers. Ravichandran Ashwin kept the first position from him.
The West Indies trio of Kemar Roach (up two places to 17th), Alzarri Joseph (up four places to 33rd) and Shamar Joseph (up 42 places to 50th) also made substantial gains. They played a huge role in the Caribbean team’s victory over Australia at the Gabba and leveled the series by a 1-1 margin.
Joe Root, after his brilliant all-rounder skills in the first Test in Hyderabad, achieved his career-high rating in the Test all-rounder list. He got fourth place after his five wickets against India.