Smith Overtakes Kohli; Pujara Moves Into Top 10 in ICC Rankings

Ashwin dropped two placed to ninth and is followed by compatriot Jasprit Bumrah, who lost one spot.

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Cheteshwar Pujara scored 77 during the second innings of the Sydney Test. 
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India captain Virat Kohli dropped down to third spot after Australian Steve Smith moved up the ICC Test rankings for batsmen. India’s middle-order mainstay Cheteshwar Pujara also gained two places and moved into the top 10.

Kohli, who has 870 points in the latest chart, had pulled out of the ongoing Australia series after the first Test to go on paternity leave. He and his actor wife Anushka were blessed with a baby girl on Monday, the day India eked out a fighting draw in the third Test in Sydney.

Smith (900 points) is placed second behind New Zealand captain Kane Williamson (919). The Australian had scores of 131 and 81 in the Sydney Test.

Pujara, whose dogged half-centuries (50, 77) in the third Test helped India draw the match, is placed eighth, just behind his stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane, who lost one place. Rishabh Pant's scores of 36 and 97 have helped him gain 19 places to reach 26th position. Hanuma Vihari (52nd) and Ravichandran Ashwin (89th) too have gained after their fighting knocks, as has Shubman Gill (69th).

Williamson's 238 in the second Test against Pakistan in Christchurch has helped him reach the best ever-rating points by a New Zealand player and consolidate his position at the top of the list.

Meanwhile in the bowlers' rankings, off-spinner Ashwin dropped two placed to ninth and is followed by compatriot Jasprit Bumrah, who lost one spot.

No other Indian figures in bowlers' top-10. Pat Cummins continues to lead the chart followed by British pacer Stuart Broad and New Zealand's Neil Wagner.

(With PTI Inputs)

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