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

Sri Lanka accedes to the Ottawa Mine Ban Treaty

The Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka deposited the Instrument of Accession to the Convention of the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction (Ottawa Treaty) at the Treaty Section of the United Nations in New York.At an event to mark the 20th Anniversary of the Ottawa Convention entitled ‘A World Free of Landmines’ convened jointly by Permanent Missions of Belgium, Canada and Colombia at the United Nations today, Permanent Representative, Dr. Rohan Perera made a brief intervention welcoming the initiative taken by the Missions concerned and for the contribution made by these countries in making the Ottawa treaty a reality. He also took the opportunity to announce that Sri Lanka had formally transmitted the instrument of accession to the treaty, which was warmly received by those present. He further noted the fact that even before becoming a party to the treaty, Sri Lanka has supported the humanitarian objectives of the treaty and had hosted regional events on advancing its humanitarian objectives.  He further thanked the ICRC and other international partners for the assistance received in mine clearance. This event comprised of a panel discussion which included among others, Mr. Lloyd Axworthy, Former Foreign Minister of Canada who was an architect of the Ottawa Treaty and Dr. Philip Spoerri, Head of International Committee of the Red Cross Delegation to the UN.Commonly known as the Ottawa Treaty, this Convention was concluded by the Diplomatic Conference on an International Total Ban on Anti-Personnel Land Mines at Oslo, Norway on 18th September 1997. There are currently 163 State Parties to the Treaty read more