Rishabh Pant attains career-best ICC Test ranking, surpasses Dhoni and equals Farokh Engineer’s feat

File photo of Rishabh Pant. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 08, 2019, 02.01 PM (IST)

India's wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant attained new highs in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test rankings after his superb century in the drawn final Test against Australia in Sydney took him to 17th place, on Tuesday. 

The 21-year-old left-handed batsman gained 21 slots to share the space with legendary Farokh Engineer, who did so in January 1973.

Pant's aggregate of 673 rating points are the highest by an Indian wicket-keeper, with Mahendra Singh Dhoni having the next highest aggregate of 662 points and Engineer 619 points. 

Dhoni's highest Test ranking was 19th.

Pant moved into the top-20 only his ninth Test match with an unbeaten 159. Pant had started the Australia tour in 59th place and made rapid progress, scoring 350 runs in a series that also saw him take 20 catches.

Meanwhile, Cheteshwar Pujara, who scored 521 runs to help beat Australia 2-1 and claim the player of the series award, is another batsman to gain in the latest rankings update.

Pujara has gained one slot to reach third position while all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja (up six places to 57th) and rookie opener Mayank Agarwal (up five places to 62nd) are the others from his team to advance at the end of a historic series win.

Among bowlers, left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav gained seven slots to reach a career-best 45th position after registering figures of five for 99 in Australia's first innings in the fourth Test.  

Jasprit Bumrah has held on to 16th position and Mohammed Shami has gained one place to take the 22nd slot.

Jadeja has gained one place to reach fifth among bowlers and has also leapfrogged Windies captain Jason Holder into second place among all-rounders.

For Australia, opener Marcus Harris has advanced 21 places to take a career-best 69th position after a fine 79 in the first innings while off-spinner Nathan Lyon has inched up from 14th to 13th position.