Cheteshwar Pujara achieves career-high third spot in Test Rankings

DN Bureau

Pujara, who scored 153 runs in the opening Test at Galle, followed it up with 133 at the SSC in the second game which India won by an innings and 53 runs and took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.

Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara

Dubai: Cheteshwar Pujara, India's batting mainstay in Test cricket, has surged to a career-high third position in the ICC Rankings after scoring back to back centuries against Sri Lanka in the ongoing three-match series.

Pujara, who scored 153 runs in the opening Test at Galle, followed it up with 133 at the SSC in the second game which India won by an innings and 53 runs and took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.

Ajinkya Rahane, who scored a 132 in the Colombo Test, also made notable movement in rankings as he moved from 11th to fifth position in the list of batters.

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Meanwhile, Ravindra Jadeja's knock of 70 not out and seven wickets saw him edge out Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan to take the top position among all-rounders for the first time.

Jadeja, who is the top-ranked Test bowler, has also gained nine places to reach 51st rank among batsmen while India's wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha has attained a career-best 44th position after moving up four places.

Pace bowlers Mohammad Shami (up three places to 20th) and Umesh Yadav (up three places to 22nd) have made notable gains. (With ANI inputs)

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