Rohit Sharma achieves career-best ICC Test rankings; Virat Kohli drops below 900 points

Along with him, his opening partner Mayank Agarwal has also attained a career-best 25th position after his first innings double-century lifted him 38 places.

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After becoming the first player to score a century in each innings of his maiden Test as an opener, Indian batsman Rohit Sharma, on Monday jumped to a career-best 17th position in the ICC Test Player Rankings.

The Mumbai batsman who now has five centuries in his kitty in just 28 Tests, gained a whopping 36 slots after his knocks of 176 and 127 in the first Test against South Africa in Visakhapatnam. Owing to his exceptional batting show, India won by 203 runs and are currently in a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Along with him, his opening partner Mayank Agarwal has also attained a career-best 25th position after his first innings double-century lifted him 38 places.

However, skipper Virat Kohli who is currently on the second place has dropped below the 900-point mark for the first time since January 2018. Currently, Kohli is now on 899 points, 38 behind top-ranked Steve Smith of Australia.

In the meantime, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin made a comeback to the top 10 after his match haul of eight wickets, which included figures of seven for 145 in the first innings. The formerly top-ranked bowler has moved up four places from 14th position and also into the top five among all-rounders.

India gained 40 points in the ICC World Test Championship table after winning against the Proteas at Visakhapatnam and are now on 160 points after having won a full 120 points for a 2-0 series win in the West Indies.

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