ICC Test Rankings: Rishabh Pant achieves joint-highest rating for Indian wicket-keeper batsman

ICC Test Rankings: Rishabh Pant achieves joint-highest rating for Indian wicket-keeper batsman

In a recently-concluded Test series against Australia, the 21-year-old young Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant with a spectacular performance against Australia achieved the joint-highest rating by an Indian wicket-keeper batsman.

He had scored 320 runs in the Test series with the highest score of 159 not out in Sydney. According to the International Cricket Council (ICC), he has gained 21 slots and reached 17th place, the joint-highest by a specialist India wicket-keeper along with Farokh Engineer, who achieved in January 1973.

Pant also became the first Indian wicket-keeper to score a Test hundred in Australia. His centurion knock against Australia also made him the first Indian wicket-keeper to score two centuries at the age of 21 or before.

The 21-year-old also surpassed former Indian skipper MS Dhoni in Test rating with 673 points. Dhoni, who retired from the longest format of the game in 2014, had the aggregate of 662 points.

As Jasprit Bumrah has held on to 16th position and Mohammed Shami has gained one place to take the 22nd slot, Spinner Kuldeep Yadav from the Indian bowlers has gained seven slots to reach a career-best 45th position after his figures of 5 for 99 in Australia’s first innings.