Pujara, Ashwin in top-10 in ICC rankings

Cheteshwar Pujara was the highest-ranked Indian batsman despite dropping a rung to eighth while R Ashwin held on to his eighth position in the bowlers’ chart of the ICC Test rankings issued on Friday.

Pujara and Ashwin were the only Indians in the respective top-10s of batsmen and bowlers. Ashwin was also steady at third in the list of all-rounders.

South Africa’s AB de Villiers has achieved a career-best second position in the rankings for Test batsmen, while a seven-wicket victory in the Abu Dhabi Test has guaranteed Pakistan a fourth position in the team rankings.

De Villiers, who scored 19 and 90, earned three ratings points which were enough to put him ahead of Shivnarine Chanderpul of the West Indies.

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has also achieved his career-best rankings. The 39-year-old batsman was rewarded for his 100 and 28 not out with a jump of five places that has put him in seventh position, just one place and seven ratings points behind Younis Khan.

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