ICC Test rankings: Cheteshwar Pujara replaces Virat Kohli to become No. 2, Steven Smith increases lead

ICC Test Ranking: Cheteshwar Pujara has replaced his captain Virat Kohli to clinch the second spot at the latest ICC Test ratings

Riding high on the back of a marvelous double at Ranchi, Cheteshwar Pujara has replaced his captain Virat Kohli to clinch the second spot at the latest ICC Test ratings. Pujara has leapfrogged to the second spot from the sixth spot, surpassing heavyweights like Kohli, Joe Root, Kane Williamson and David Warner. Australian skipper who is having the time of his life has extended his lead at the numero uno position. Smith takes his tally from 936 to 941, which is great considering there is not a lot of shift at the top.

Smith also got a daddy unbeaten century in the first innings of the Ranchi Test, he remained unbeaten on 178. Well, despite Virat Kohli’s woeful run of form in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar, he still languishes in the top 5, he is currently placed at two.

David Warner, the Australian southpaw also plummeted from fifth to the eight spot in the lately released ICC Test rankings for batsman. In the bowling front Ravichandran Ashwin lost his numero uno spot to his spinning partner Ravidra Jadeja. Jadeja is now 37 points clear of Ashwin. Saha was again another gainer, who jumped 14 places on the back of his century at Ranchi to the 51st spot. Nathan Lyon too dropped two spots to 17th.

South African spinner Keshav Maharaj has leaped 15 spots to 37th following his match-winning haul against New Zealand in Wellington.

Till next week this is all the updates on the ICC ratings front.

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