ICC Test rankings: Kohli maintains lead at the top, Bumrah and Pant make big gains

first_imgICC Test rankings: Kohli maintains lead at the top, Bumrah and Pant make big gainsVirat Kohli enjoys a 34-point lead over Kane Williamson at the top of the rankings for batsmen while Jasprit Bumrah has moved from 28th to 12th in the bowlers list.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service DubaiDecember 31, 2018UPDATED: December 31, 2018 15:35 IST Virat Kohli dropped three points despite a first innings score of 82 in the Boxing Day Test (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKohli had attained a career-high 937 points during the yearSince overtaking Steve Smith, Kohli held the top position for 135 daysPujara has maintained the fourth position while Pant has gained 10 slotsIndia captain Virat Kohli and South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada have maintained their top positions in the ICC Test Player rankings which was announced on Monday.Kohli dropped three points despite a first innings score of 82 in the third Test in Melbourne, but still enjoys a 34-point lead over Kane Williamson, according to an ICC’s statement.Kohli, who attained a career-high 937 points during the year, which is the highest ever by an India batsman, scored 1322 runs in all. Kohli overtook Steven Smith in August and has now held the top position for 135 days.Rabada, who split the top ranking with England’s seasoned fast bowler James Anderson during the year, is just six points ahead of his adversary.Rabada, who became the youngest to take top position among bowlers during the year and held the spot for 178 days during the year, grabbed six wickets in the opening match at Centurion that South Africa won by six wickets to finish with 52 wickets in 10 Tests in 2018.Kohli’s compatriot Cheteshwar Pujara has maintained the fourth position after a first-innings century in Melbourne, wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant has gained 10 slots to reach a career-best 38th position.Debutant opener Mayank Agarwal has entered the batsmen’s list at an impressive 67th place after scores of 76 and 42 that helped his side win by 137 runs for a 2-1 lead in the four-match series.Pacer Jasprit Bumrah has moved from 28th to 12th after his match haul of nine for 86, the best-ever by an India seam bowler in Australia. He is now the highest-ranked India fast bowler in the format with Mohammed Shami next in 23rd position.advertisementFor Australia, Pat Cummins has been the pick, gaining five slots to reach a career-best third position after finishing with nine wickets in the match. He has also gained 13 slots to reach 91st place among batsmen with some useful runs down the order. Travis Head (up seven places to 56th) has also benefitted in the latest rankings update.New Zealand fast bowlers have a lot to cheer about following their record 423-run win over Sri Lanka in Christchurch. Trent Boult’s nine wickets in the match have helped him gain seven slots to reach the seventh position while Tim Southee (up two places to ninth) and Neil Wagner (up one place to 15th) have also moved up.Century-makers at Christchurch, Henry Nicholls (up two places to seventh) and Tom Latham (up eight places to 14th), and Jeet Raval (up two places to 35th) have also gained in the latest rankings update.For South Africa, former captain Hashim Amla (up three places to 11th place) and Temba Bavuma (up four places to 31st) have gained among batsmen while fast bowler Duanne Olivier has gained 17 places to reach 36th position after his player of the match effort of 11 wickets.Pakistan’s Babar Azam has gained nine slots to reach 27th position after innings of 71 and six while left-arm fast bowlers Mohammad Amir (up two places to 34th) and Shaheen Afridi (up 38 places to 73rd) have advanced after taking four and five wickets in Centurion.Meanwhile, New Zealand have leapfrogged South Africa to take third place in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings after starting the series against Sri Lanka with a chance of going up to the second position with a 2-0 win.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow Jasprit BumrahFollow Rishabh PantFollow ICC Test rankingslast_img read more

How gangs are charging £3000 to smuggle migrants across the Channel before

As soon as £3,000 was put ‘on hold’ with the smugglers, Mahmood would be given a pickup point, from where he would be taken to a boat. Destination, Britain. Late on Boxing day evening, Mahmood, a 38-year-old Iranian migrant living in a tent in Calais, received a text. It was on. Forty minutes later, almost certainly to the west of Calais, the group was deposited on a beach and told to get into a small dinghy by a smuggling gang member who they… Accompanied by four friends, he found a man waiting in a car, and jumped in. His brother back in Iran moved the money, but he only pays if Mahmood arrives in the UK. Shortly afterwards Mahmood’s phone buzzed again. He studied a map and started walking. 

IHF Super Globe groups drawn in Sarajevo

Attended by a big number of media representatives and officials of Qatar Handball Association and International Handball Federation the draw for the 2013 edition of the IHF Super Globe in Doha (Qatar) took place in Sarajevo on Saturday evening 27 July on the fringes of the Men’s Junior World Championship. Conducted by Leon Kalin (Chairman of the IHF COC Commission) and Mohamed Gaber al Mulla (Secretary General of the Qatar Handball Association) the groups of the preliminary round had been drawn.In group A European Champions League winner HSV Hamburg (Germany) faces tournament host Al-Sadd (Qatar), El-Jeish (Qatar, wild card team) and Sydney University (Australia, Oceania representative). Al-Sadd as the organizer had the right to choose their group and decided for Group A.In group B FC Barcelona (Spain, replacement for defending champion Atletico Madrid) plays against Etoile Sportive du Sahel (Tunisia, winner of the African continental club competition), Al-Rayyan (Qatar, Asian club champion) and Taubate (Brazil (Pan-American club champion).The preliminary round will be played in two groups from 25-27 August, followed by semi-finals and placement matches, the final takes place on 30 August, all matches will be played in Al-Gharafa hall in Doha.“Both groups are very interesting with top teams. I hope that the clubs from Qatar can reach good result against the international concurrence,” said Mohamed Gaber al Mulla, and added: “We heartily welcome all teams to Doha and we will arrange everything for them so that the teams and players can enjoy the fourth edition of the IHF Super Globe in Doha.” ← Previous Story Meshkov Brest denies deal with Spiler: Hard talks with Balic Next Story → Sweden is new junior world champion! read more