Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant surge upward in Test ranking

Dubai [UAE], Oct 15 (ANI): Indian rookies Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant have made substantial gains in the International Cricket Council (ICC) player rankings for Test batsmen after their fine efforts in the second Test against the West Indies contributed to a 10-wicket victory that sealed a 2-0 series triumph for the home side. Shaw, who had led India to victory in the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup this year in New Zealand, completed a memorable debut series, as he finished the Hyderabad Test at 60th position making a gain of 13 slots after knocks of 70 and 33 not out. The right-hand batsman had entered the rankings at the 73rd place after a century in his debut match. Wicketkeeper-batsman Pant also continued his upward climb as his knock of 92 saw him gain 23 places to reach the 62nd position. In other movements, Ajinkya Rahane has gained four places to reach 18th position after his knock of 80 against West Indies in the second Test. Among bowlers, pacer Umesh Yadav has gained four slots to reach 25th spot after becoming only the third Indian fast bowler to claim a 10-wicket Test haul on home soil. For West Indies, captain Jason Holder has made significant gains in all departments. His haul of five for 56 in India's first innings has lifted him four places to a career-best ninth position among bowlers while his first innings half-century was good enough to help him gain three slots to reach 53rd position. Holder has also overtaken South Africa's Vernon Philander to the third position among all-rounders. Other players from the visiting side to advance in the rankings include Roston Chase, whose first innings century helped gain 10 slots and reach 31st position, and Shai Hope, who has gained five places to reach 35th position. The 2-0 series result sees top-ranked India gain one point while the West Indies have lost one point, without any change of positions in the ICC Test team rankings. (ANI)
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