Jonny Bairstow and Rishabh Pant’s hot streaks have propelled them into the top 10 of the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings.
Bairstow, who scored an unbeaten 114 in England’s fourth-innings victory over India, has risen 11 places to tenth in the Test batting rankings.
The 32-year-old is perhaps in his best form of his career, having scored four hundreds in his last three Tests, including two centuries in the postponed match against India after touching three-figure marks in consecutive outings against New Zealand. In the current ICC World Test Championship cycle, Bairstow has 1218 runs at an average of 55.36 and six hundred.
Bairstow’s meteoric climb is reflected in the rankings: prior to the New Zealand series, the Yorkshireman was ranked 47th among batters, with 541 rating points. After four matches and four centuries, he has re-entered the top ten for the first time since 2018.
Rishabh Pant Is In The Top 5 Of ICC Rankings
Wicketkeeper-batter Pant helped India take the lead early in the Test against England, scoring 146 runs off 111 balls in the first innings and 57 later in the match.
Pant’s current form has earned him his highest-ever position in the Test batting rankings, with two tonnes and three half-centuries in his last six Test innings. He has jumped 6 places to be ranked number 5.
Virat Kohli only managed 11 and 20 against England, dropping him three spots to 13th in the batting rankings.
Joe Root remains at the top of the rankings, as his unbeaten century (142*) in England’s record-breaking chase at Edgbaston earns him his highest rating points (923).
It also places the former England skipper among the top 20 highest-rated batters in ICC Rankings history.