KL Rahul after his century in Centurion. Photo- AFP
KL Rahul after his century in Centurion. Photo- AFP

Indian stand-in captain for the second Test, KL Rahul, has moved up 18 places to reach 31st in ICC’s latest rankings for Test Batsmen. He scored a match-winning century in the first innings against South Africa in Centurion which led to his rise.

Rahul has been in the top ten just once back in November 2017, but fell out after a string of failures in overseas matches, leading to his exclusion from the Indian Test side. Since his return in England, the Karnataka batsman has made huge progress and become one of the batting mainstays in the team.

His partner at the other end, Mayank Agarwal, also gained one place for his fifty in the first Test followed a cameo, while Ajinkya Rahane also moved up two places to 25th in the rankings that include matches completed by Tuesday every week.

KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal
Mayank Agarwal (Image: BCCI)

In the case of the South Africans, Dean Elgar jumped two spots to 14th place after a second innings knock of 77 while Temba Bavuma’s glimpses of spark also helped him gain 16 places to reach 39th on the rankings.

Jasprit Bumrah reached ninth place

Indian pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah was rewarded for his fine work in the Centurion Test as he moved up three places to reach 9th. He took five wickets in the match while his bowling compatriot, Mohammed Shami, took a fifer in the first innings which took him to 17th place from 19th.

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah (Image Credit: Twitter)

Kagiso Rabada took seven wickets in the first Test and moved above Josh Hazlewood, who is currently out of the Australian playing XI due to an injury. Lungi Ngidi, who took a 6-wicket haul, is 30th on the list while Marco Jansen entered the rankings in 97th place.

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