Debacle in England sees Team India and Indian cricketers drop in Test rankings
The dismal performances of Team India in the recently concluded five-match Test series against England has seen both the cricketers and the team dropping down in the International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings
Dubai: India have slipped one place to be fifth in the ICC Test team rankings after their 1-3 demolition at the hands of England in the recently-concluded five-match series.
India conceded six ratings points after they touched a new low by succumbing to their heaviest Test defeat (an innings and 244 runs) in 40 years in a match that got over well inside three days at the Oval against England.
The result helped England earn four rating points and climb up two places to third.
Virat Kohli walks back after being dismissed for a duck on Day One of the fourth Test last week. Pic/Getty Images
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka have also moved up one place to fourth after winning the two-Test series 2-0 against Pakistan, which in return dropped two spots to sixth.
India and Pakistan are on equal ratings points at 96, but Mahendra Singh Dhoni's side is ranked ahead of Misbah-ul-Haq and Co. when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point.
Number-one ranked South Africa are sitting pretty on the top while Australia are just one ratings points behind them.
Pujara, Kohli drop in Test rankings
Indian batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli's dismal performances in the recently concluded five-match Test series against England saw them dropping down in the International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings for Test batsmen, following their side's 1-3 series defeat.
While Pujara dropped four places to 16th, Kohli slid a further five places to 26th. Pujara, however, still remains India's highest-ranked batsman in the table.
Cheteshwar Pujara. Pic/AFP
India's second highest run getter of the series, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni finished the series in 28th position, climbing four places. The skipper scored four half-centuries with a best of 82 during the tour.
Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara holds the No.1 spot in the rankings closely followed by AB de Villiers of South Africa.
Meanwhile, in the bowlers rankings, Ravichandran Ashwin's figures of 3/72 in the last Test at The Oval helped him earn a place to be ranked at 13th. However, Ashwin lost the top spot in the all-rounders rankings to give way to Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan.
The bowling table is headed by South Africa’s Dale Steyn, who leads Australia’s Ryan Harris.
ICC rankings for Test batsmen
1. Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) 915 points
2. AB de Villiers (South Africa) 888
3. Angelo Mathews (Sri Lanka) 873
4. David Warner (Australia) 871
5. Hashim Amla (South Africa) 863
6. Shivnarine Chanderpaul (West Indies) 854
7. Michael Clarke (Australia) 818
8. Ross Taylor (New Zealand) 795
9. Joe Root (England) 789
10. Misbah-ul-Haq (Pakistan) 762
ICC rankings for Test bowlers
1. Dale Steyn (South Africa) 907
2. Ryan Harris (Australia) 870
3. Rangana Herath (Sri Lanka) 851
4. Mitchell Johnson (Australia) 844
5. James Anderson (England) 806
6. Vernon Philander (South Africa) 785
7. Tim Southee (New Zealand) 783
8. Stuart Broad (England) 774
9. Saeed Ajmal (Pakistan) 762
10. Trent Boult (New Zealand) 737
ICC rankings for Test all-rounders
1. Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh) 364
2. Ravichandran Ashwin (India) 357
3. Vernon Philander (South Africa) 348
4. Stuart Broad (England) 296
5. Mitchell Johnson (Australia) 280