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HindustanTimes Wed,01 Oct 2014
Pujara, Kohli drop in Test rankings
IANS
Dubai, August 19, 2014
First Published: 23:46 IST(19/8/2014)
Last Updated: 00:06 IST(20/8/2014)

Indian batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli's dismal performances in the recently concluded five-match Test series against England saw them dropping down in the International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings for Test batsmen, following their side's 3-1 series defeat.

While Pujara dropped four places to 16th, Kohli slid a further five places to 26th. Pujara, however, still remains India's highest-ranked batsman in the table.

India's second highest run-getter of the series, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni finished the series in 28th position, climbing four places. The skipper scored four half-centuries with a best of 82 during the tour.

Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara holds the No.1 spot in the rankings closely followed by AB de Villiers of South Africa.

Meanwhile, in the bowlers' rankings, Ravichandran Ashwin's figures of 3/72 in the last Test at The Oval helped him earn a place to be ranked at 13th. However, Ashwin lost the top spot in the all-rounders rankings to give way to Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan.

The bowling table is headed by South Africa's Dale Steyn, who leads Australia's Ryan Harris.

In the Test rankings for countries, India went down by one place to fifth while England climbed two places to third. South Africa are the top Test team, Australia are second.


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