Mohammed Shami, Mayank Agarwal on all-time high in ICC rankings

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Dubai: Indian fast bowler Mohammed Shami and opener Mayank Agarwal on Sunday achieved their career-best positions in the latest ICC Test Rankings after contributing to India’s innings and 130-run victory over Bangladesh in the first Test in Indore.

According to the press release of ICC, Shami’s bowling figures of 3 for 27 and 4 for 31 lifted him eight places to the seventh position. His 790 rating points are the third-best for an India pace bowler with only Kapil Dev (877) and Jasprit Bumrah (832) having recorded more points.

Double-centurion Agarwal, meanwhile, climbed to the 11th spot after his player-of-the-match effort of 243 in India’s only innings. The 28-year-old has reached 691 rating points after scoring 858 runs in his first eight Tests.

Only seven batsmen have scored more runs than Agarwal in their first eight Tests – Don Bradman (1210), Everton Weekes (968), Sunil Gavaskar (938), Mark Taylor (906), George Headley (904), Frank Worrell (890) and Herbert Sutcliffe (872).

In other significant movements for India, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja jumped four slots to reach the joint-35th position among batsmen while pacers Ishant Sharma (20th) and Umesh Yadav (22nd) have moved up one place each.

Off-spinner R. Ashwin is in the top 10 bowlers list while moving back to the fourth position among all-rounders.

For Bangladesh, Mushfiqur Rahim’s knocks of 43 and 64 have helped him gain five places and reach 30th position while Liton Das has moved up from 92nd to 86th position.

Among bowlers, fast bowler Abu Jayed, who took four wickets in Indore, has advanced 18 slots to take 62nd position after only six Tests.

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