England’s Ollie Pope has garnered praise and recognition for his outstanding performance in the first Test against India, propelling him to a career-high ICC Test batting ranking. Pope’s remarkable innings of 196 runs in the second innings of England‘s thrilling victory has seen him climb an impressive 20 places to 15th position in the latest ICC Men’s Test Batting Rankings.
Pope’s Record-breaking Innings
Pope’s stellar performance in the opening Test of the crucial ICC World Test Championship series left India stunned. His innings of 196 not only helped England secure a thrilling 28-run triumph but also marked his highest Test score away from home. Additionally, Pope’s innings ranks as the fourth-highest individual innings by an England men’s player in a Test match in India.
Shuffle in Top 10 Rankings
Despite England’s triumph in Hyderabad and the conclusion of the tied series between Australia and the West Indies, there have been minor adjustments in the top 10 rankings. New Zealand’s Kane Williamson maintains his position as the No.1 ranked Test batter in the world, while Australia‘s Usman Khawaja gains two places to eighth following his half-century in the second Test against the West Indies.
Pope’s teammate, Ben Duckett, also witnessed an improvement in his ICC Test batting ranking. Duckett ascended five places to 22nd position after his impressive performances against India, which included knocks of 35 and 47 runs.
Ashwin and Bumrah’s Bowling Feats
India’s veteran spinner Ravichandran Ashwin continues to dominate the ICC Test bowling rankings, maintaining his place at the top following his six-wicket haul against England. Meanwhile, pace sensation Jasprit Bumrah made significant strides in the rankings, climbing a spot to fourth position after his six scalps in Hyderabad.
Meanwhile, England’s veteran cricketer Joe Root showcased his all-round capabilities during the Test series against India. Root’s notable performance with both bat and ball earned him a new career-high rating in the ICC Test all-rounder rankings. The England captain’s five-wicket haul against India saw him rise to fourth place, closely trailing India’s Ravindra Jadeja in the rankings.