After Gabba knock: Pant becomes top-ranked wicketkeeper-batsman

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Jan 21 2021
Sports After Gabba knock: Pant becomes top-ranked wicketkeeper-batsman

India's Rishabh Pant has become the world's top-ranked wicketkeeper-batsman in Tests following his epic unbeaten 89 against Australia at the Gabba on Tuesday (19 January). Pant's knock helped India chase down 328 at a venue considered Australia's fortress and helped the visitors seal the series 2-1 against all odds. The 23-year-old ended up scoring 274 runs in the series - the highest in the Indian camp. His feats helped him climb up to the 13th spot – his personal best – which is also two above the next best wicketkeeper-batsman on the list – South Africa's Quinton de Kock. 

There were also significant movements in the top 10 for batsmen, with England skipper Joe Root returning to the top five following his heroics in Sri Lanka. Root hit a double ton in England's victory in the first Test in Galle and that helped him jump six places, above the likes of Babar Azam and Cheteshwar Pujara, to be placed fifth in the rankings.

Australia's Marnus Labuschagne has pipped Virat Kohli to the third spot, just behind compatriot Steve Smith. Labuschagne had scored a century in the first innings of the Gabba Test and finished the series as the leading run-getter. New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson continues to be on top of the rankings.

In the bowling department, Josh Hazlewood went past Tim Southee to occupy the fourth spot. Hazlewood picked up a five-wicket haul in Brisbane in India's first innings and finished the series with 17 wickets, behind Pat Cummins who continues to top the charts maintaining a significant gap with second-placed Stuart Broad. India's Mohammed Siraj continued making significant progress, improving 32 places to the 45th position following his six-wicket haul in Brisbane. 


CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Jan 21 2021

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