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ICC Rankings: Pujara rises to career high 2nd, Kohli remains at 5th spot

[caption id="attachment_58842" align="alignnone" width="580"]Kohli-Rohit Cheteshwar Pujara has risen to a career high 2nd spot in ICC rankings, while Virat Kohli remains at 5th spot.[/caption]

Internet Desk: Cheteshwar Pujara reached a career high ranking of second spot in the latest ICC rankings for Test batsmen. Indian captain Virat Kohli remained static at the 5th spot in the rankings released today. Australian captain Steve Smith has extended his lead at the top after his majestic 141* against England at Gabba.

Pujara has returned to number-two ranking after scoring 143 in his side's huge victory by an innings and 239 runs against Sri Lanka in Nagpur. He had first peaked to second following the Ranchi Test against Australia in March, while the last time he was second was following his 133 against Sri Lanka in Colombo in August.
Pujara has been rewarded with 22 points, lifting him from fourth to second on a career-high 888 points.
The 29-year-old now leads his fifth-ranked captain Kohli by 11 points. Kohli has vaulted from 817 points to 877 points after scoring his fifth career double-century in 62 Tests.
Smith, on the other hand, stroked an unbeaten 141, his 21st century in his 57th Test, which was the cornerstone of Australia's 10-wicket victory over England in the first Ashes Test.
England captain Joe Root is sitting third and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson is occupying the fourth spot, while sixth-ranked David Warner of Australia is another 51 points behind Kohli.
In the bowlers' rankings, Ravindra Jadeja has reclaimed the second position following his match figures of five for 84, while Mitchell Starc has returned to the top 10 in 10th position after his match figures of six for 128 helped him to gain three places.
Ravichandran Ashwin, who became the fastest man to 300 wickets in Tests, has consolidated his fourth position by gaining nine points, which helped him to be on 849 points.
The India off-spinner is now 42 points behind number-one ranked James Anderson, who has dropped five points after claiming two wickets in the Brisbane Test.
In the all-rounders' rankings, Ashwin has returned to third place in the list which is headed by Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh.

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