India slip one place to fifth spot in ICC Test rankings

DUBAI, Aug 19: India have slipped one place to be fifth in the ICC Test team rankings after their 1-3 demolition at the hands of England in the recently-concluded five-match series.
India conceded six ratings points after they touched a new low by succumbing to their heaviest Test defeat (an innings and 244 runs) in 40 years in a match that got over well inside three days at the Oval against England.
The result helped England earn four rating points and climb up two places to third.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka have also moved up one place to fourth after winning the two-Test series 2-0 against Pakistan, which in return dropped two spots to sixth.
India and Pakistan are on equal ratings points at 96, but Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s side is ranked ahead of Misbah-ul-Haq and Co. When the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point.
Number-one ranked South Africa are sitting pretty on the top while Australia are just one ratings points behind them.
In the Test batsmen’s chart, Chesteshwar Pujara is the lone Indian in the top-20 list. He lost four positions to be at 16th.
England’s Joe Root has continued his impressive march on after breaking into the top 10 for the first time in his career.
Indian bowlers Ravichandran Ashwin (13th), Pragyan Ojha (15th) and Ishant Sharma (20th) figured in the top-20 list.
In the Test all-rounders table, Ashwin lost a place to be in second position. (PTI)


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