Joe Root Turns into No. 1 Batsman, Rohit Sharma Overtakes Virat Kohli

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The English captain Joe Root has achieved first place in the ICC Test Batsman ranking after six years. He overtook New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson at the Numero Uno spot.

This comes on the back of its thundering form this year. After sweeping away three centuries in Asia earlier this year, Joe Root has struck three hundred in a row in the three Tests in the current series against India.

Joe Root (Image credit: Twitter)

He is currently by far the leading run scorer in the series – the right-hander has 507 runs out of an average of 507; the next best is KL Rahul with 252 runs on his name.

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Joe Root started the series at number five on the charts, but his incredible shape put him at the top. In this form, as the English captain, he has achieved the most runs in a calendar year and also became England’s most successful test skipper in terms of games won.

Rohit Sharma overtakes Virat Kohli and enters the top 5

Rohit Sharma’s renaissance in test cricket as an opener has created a completely different batsman than what we know of him in white ball cricket. His abstinence from the then-new ball in the England series was remarkable.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma (Image source: Twitter)

Sharma has now overtaken captain Virat Kohli, who is fifth in the impact classification. He’s got 230 runs at 46.00 with a couple of fifties. Kohli, on the other hand, scored 124 runs at 24.80

Cheteshwar Pujara, who returned to form at 91 in the Headingley second innings, moves up three places and jumps to 15th position. Rishabh Pant and Ajinkya Rahane have lost points but remain in the top 20.

Among bowlers. James Anderson, who got a five for at Lord’s, moved up one place and finished in the top five, replacing Neil Wagner. Ollie Robinson, who won a couple of fives on the series, climbed 9 places to 36th.

The series is tied at 1-1. The fourth test in the Kia Oval begins on September 2nd.

Here are the latest ICC test player rankings as of September 1, 2021:

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