Team India would look to make amends11 March 2020 / SkyBook365 Cricket Editors Team
Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneswar Kumar will make a comeback in the team.
Virat Kohli on Wednesday regained the top spot in the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Test rankings after Australian Steve Smith slipped a rung in the latest list issued by ICC. Kohli, who had struck a fine 136 in the day-night Kolkata Test against Bangladesh last week to reach 928 points, is now five points clear after Smith's knock of 36 in the Adelaide Test against Pakistan saw him slip to 923 points from 931 before the match but, Smith has a clear chance of improving his Test ranking as Australia will play two more Test matches against New Zealand this year. Australian opener David Warner’s 335 not out against Pakistan has lifted him 12 places to the fifth position while Marnus Labuschagne is in the top 10 for the first time after being ranked as low as 110th at the start of the year. Along with Kohli, India's Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane are also part of the top ten amongst batsmen in Test cricket and stand at fourth and sixth respectively.
India's Mohammed Shami, who has been a crucial part of the fast bowling department recently, has also moved into the top ten rankings for the bowlers after his brilliant performances against South Africa and Bangladesh where he took 22 wickets in five Tests. Along with Shami, senior off-spinner R Ashwin, who took 21 wickets in five Tests, is on ninth position, Jasprit Bumrah is the highest-placed Indian at the fifth position. Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins continued to dominate the ranking while Jason Holder moves up one slot to third place. Ashwin also features in the top ten of the all-rounders ranking in Test where he is fifth and Ravindra Jadeja is second. After some terrific performance by Jason Holder and Mitchell Starc, both of them confirmed their position at the top of the all-rounders’ list.
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