Mayank scored his second double century in Indore against Bangladesh
Riding upon a string of good performance in his prime form, young Indian opener Mayank Agarwal has marched his way into the top 10 of ICC Test ranking for batsmen for the first time in his short yet impressive career so far.
Mayank Agarwal who was benched on 11th position ahead of the two matches Bangladesh series at Indore and the historic first day-night test match in India at iconic Eden Gardens bettered his ranking by one position to enter top 10 for the first time. Agarwal had a forgettable outing at the Eden Gardens where he managed to score only 14 runs in the only inning where India batted but had played a remarkable knock in the first Test at Indore’s Holkar Stadium. Agarwal had scored a fabulous 243 in the only inning India batted in at Indore.
The second international Test double century by the youngster has earned him his career-best 700 points in the latest ICC rankings released after the end of India vs Bangladesh series in India.
Agarwal in exceptional form since his India debut:
Agarwal made his Test debut for India in the Boxing Day Test at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia in December last year. He scored a swift 75 on his debut and has since been a regular member of the playing XI of the Indian team in Test format. He has performed exceptionally well in his short career so far wherein he has played nine games for India.
Agarwal has ground 872 runs in the 13 innings of the nine Tests he has played for the team at a remarkable average of 67.08. He has also scored three half-centuries and three centuries so far. He has also converted two of his three centuries into double centuries thereby offering a great conversion rate at the top of the order for India.
Limited overs call up deserts Agarwal:
After performing well in the limited opportunities provided to him and making a case for himself with belligerent knocks like the 243 in Indore which included record eight sixes along with solid 28 fours, Agarwal has been knocking the doors of selectors for a limited-overs call-up. But owing to the competition and the kind of bench strength Indian team has prepared in the limited-overs format, the limited-overs call up has deserted Agarwal.
A few cricketing pundits called for the inclusion of Agarwal in limited-overs squads of India against West Indies at home, but the selectors ignored the call and went in with a middle-order batsman Sanju Samson who replaced injured opener Shikhar Dhawan in the squad.
A source close to the selection panel had earlier revealed to the media that the opener was unlikely to be called into the ODI or T20I squads as there was “no space in the opening department.”
“Where is space? Rohit and Shikhar are the regular and established openers we have. Virat is back into the squad, so there is no space for someone like KL Rahul at the top of the order now. Agarwal can only come in if Dhawan or Rohit opts to rest. But given the form in which Rohit is batting, he will not opt rest, and the Dhawan who is going through a rough patch will not risk his spot by taking rest” the source had told media agencies ahead of squad announcement of the upcoming West Indies series.
Agarwal Fourth Indian batsman in ICC Top 10 Test batsmen:
Agarwal who jumped one place after continuing his form with the bat in Bangladesh series is the fourth Indian batsman in the top 10 of ICC Test batting ranking. Indian skipper and one of the finest batsmen of his generation, Virat Kohli and the two mainstays of Indian line up Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane are the other three Indians who are enjoying their spots in top 10 of the ranking.
Virat Kohli has retained his second position in the ranking with 928 points while Cheteshwar Pujara with 791 points and Ajinkya Rahane with 759 points retained their number four and fifth position respectively in the latest ICC rankings.
Kohli bridges the gap with Steve Smith at the top of the table:
Indian skipper Virat Kohli bridged the gap of points between the leader of the table Steve Smith, riding upon his commanding century at the history pink-ball Test at Kolkata. Kohli who was parted by 25 points with Steve Smith ahead of the series has now closed in at is parted by only 3 points in the ranking table.
Steve Smith has 931 points while Virat Kohli retained his number 2 position and consolidated his points to reach 928 in the ranking table after his flawless 136 at the day-night Test at Kolkata.
Other Indians to gain in rankings during India vs Bangladesh series:
Among others, Indians to gain from India vs Bangladesh series were Indian fast bowler who wreaked havoc throughout the two matches series in Indian conditions a rare feat in itself. Indian pace spearheads Ishant Sharma who was adjudged man of the match in the day-night test and also the man of the series for his exceptional exploits in the Indian conditions has achieved career-high of 716 points but is benched on 17th place ten positions far from his career-best position of number 7.
Umesh Yadav has also achieved his career-best rating with 672 points. He has jumped one place to number 21 after his eight-wicket haul in the second test match in the series. Ace Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin improved one position to ninth with 772 points while his partner Ravindra Jadeja also jumped one spot to number 15 among bowlers.
Jadeja also retained his number 2 position in all-rounder ranking while Ashwin lost one position to be at number five in the list. Sidelined by injury Jasprit Bumrah also lost one position and reached number 5 spot in the latest bowlers ranking.
Other significant gainers:
Bangladesh’s most successful batsman on tour Mushfiqur Rahim gained four spots and reached 26th position after the series while his fellow teammate Liton Das moved up eight places to reach 78th position.
Among other significant changes, England all-rounder Ben Stokes also broke into top 10 in batsmen ranking by jumping three spots with scores of 91 and 28 against New Zealand.
India consolidates World Test Championship position at the top:
India, on the other hand, consolidated its position in the World Test Championship and is sitting comfortably with 360 points without losing any game since the commencement of the championship. Australia is the second-ranked team in the championship with 116 points followed by Sri Lanka and New Zealand with 60 points. Bangladesh, West Indies, and South Africa are yet to open their account in the points table of World Test Championship.