Dubai, March 21: India's Cheteshwar Pujara has reason to celebrate as his knock of 202 against Australia in the 3rd Test in Ranchi has helped gain 4 slots to reach a career-best 2nd spot in ICC Test Rankings for Batsmen.
The right-hander has replaced New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, who is now in 5th place, also slipping behind Joe Root and Virat Kohli, the International Cricket Council said in a media release today (March 21).
The Bangladesh pair of Shakib Al Hasan (21st) and Mushfiqur Rahim (28th), Australia's Peter Handscomb (35th) and New Zealand batsmen Jeet Raval (43rd) and Henry Nicholls (45th) have also achieved career-best rankings.
India-Australia 4-match rubber is tied 1-1 and the series decider starts in Dharamsala on March 25 (Saturday).
ICC Test Rankings for Batsmen (Top 10) - as on March 21, 2017
(Read as Rank (+/-), Player, Team, Points)
1. ( - ) Steve Smith (Australia) 941
2. (+4) Cheteshwar Pujara (India) 861
3. ( - ) Joe Root (England) 848
4. ( - ) Virat Kohli (India) 826
5. (-3) Kane Williamson (New Zealand) 823
6. (+1) Azhar Ali (Pakistan) 779
7. (+1) Younus Khan (Pakistan) 772
8. (-3) David Warner (Australia) 768
9. ( - ) Hashim Amla (South Africa) 759
10. (+7) Quinton de Kock (South Africa) 758