Rahul, Siraj Move up in ICC test rankings

Dubai, August 18 (IANS) India’s opening column KL Rahul and tempo bowler Mohammed Siraj have made significant gains in the ICC Test Rankings published on Wednesday.

Rahul and Siraj were the chief architects of India’s 151-run victory over England at Lord’s in the second Test, which ended on Monday, helping the Tourists take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.

Rahul was named Match of Match for his knockout of 129 in the first innings. The 29-year-old opener, whose career-best is the eighth position achieved in November 2017, has been given 19 slots to reach 37th place.

Siraj has climbed 18 places to reach 38th position. The 27-year-old pacer took four wickets in both innings of the Lord’s Test. His total move of eight wickets to 126 runs ensured India closed out a victory in a captivating Lord’s Test.

Other winners from Lord’s Test include England captain Joe Root. The Roots ’undefeated knockout of 180 in the first innings has resulted in two places moving to second place with 893 rating points, just eight less than top-ranked New Zealand captain Kane Williamson.

James Anderson moved a spot to sixth place after a five-wicket move in the first innings. His teammate Mark Wood jumped five places to be placed in 37th place after taking five wickets in the match.

An exciting first test between the Caribbean and Pakistan in Kingston saw Pakistani captain Babar Azam move up two places to sixth place after a score of 30 and 55. Faheem Ashraf and Fawad Alam also rose to 48th and 55th place respectively. .

West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite, who missed a first innings century with three runs, has advanced 18 places to 45th. Jason Holder’s brilliant all-round display saw him break into the top 10 of the bowling rankings and rise to ninth place. He also got five places on the battle list and moved to 43rd place.

Jayden Seales rose 39 places to 58th place in the bowling charts after his eight wickets in the match earned him the award as the player of the match, while Kemar Roach moved up two places to 11. Pakistan’s Shaheen Afridi got four places to become number 18.

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