Good news has come today for all the Indian cricket fans, 2-3 days after the Indian team achieved victory over England by 106 runs at the ACA-VDCA stadium in the second test to make the Indian test series. 5 games it was level again. .
The good news is that opening batsman Yashasvi Jaiswal, along with No. 3 batsman Shubman Gill, who played scorching knocks in the second Test, have moved up higher in the latest ICC men’s Test batsman rankings.
Yashasvi Jaiswal has risen a whopping 37 places to number 29, Gill has moved up a further 14 places to become world number 38. In particular, the senior Indian batsmen (captain Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli both experienced drops in the rankings as the former dropped from 12th to 13th). while the latter went from 6th to 7th place in the red ball batting rankings.
While Virat Kohli had been ruled out of the first two Tests in Hyderabad and Vishakhapatnam, Rohit Sharma continued to experience a sudden drop in form which has now extended to 8 innings without a half-century or a score of 40+.
Rohit’s last notable knock came during the two-match Test series in the West Indies last year as he posted scores of 106 (1st Test), 80 and 57 (2nd Test).
Yashasvi Jaiswal and Shubman Gill rewarded for their performance in the second Test
His opening partner, the 22-year-old baby killer Yashasvi Jaiswal, has played a fantastic role. He has led the Indian batting line-up from the front and has been the hosts’ best performer with the bat in both Tests.
In the first Test, Jaiswal, who was batting in his first home Test match, showed the first glimpses of Jaisball with his attacking 80 off 74 in the second innings before fizzling out in the fourth innings for a score of 15.
Then in the second Test, Yashasvi Jaiswal turned the form he chose in the first Test into a full-fledged thrashing of England’s bowlers. The UP-born batsman hit his first Test double hundred in just his third innings in India to help his team gain early momentum by posting 396 as the first innings total.
He couldn’t replicate that performance in the third innings, but that’s when opening batsman Shubman Gill stood up. The under-fire Punjab-born batsman urgently needed to score runs in the second Test, otherwise his place in the playing XI could have been scrapped.
Finding himself under pressure, Gill scored 104 out of 149 before opting to go out foolishly by attempting the reverse sweep. Both Gill and Jaiswal have been rewarded by the ICC Test rankings for their excellent performances a couple of days ago and the right-hander became the world number one. 38 and the left-hander becoming no. 29.
Elsewhere in the rankings, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson moved to the top with a score of 864, while Steve Smith moved up one place to second place with a score of 818. England’s Joe Root (797 ), Kiwi Daryl Mitchell (786), and Pakistan’s Babar Azam (768) make up the top 5.
Usman Khawaja, Virat Kohli, Harry Brook, Dimuth Karunaratne and Marnus Labuschagne conclude at the top of the ICC Test batsmen’s rankings.