Indian opener Rohit Sharma has progressed six places to a career-best eighth position in the ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings.

Indian opener Rohit Sharma has progressed six places to a career-best eighth position in the ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings after fine performances in the second and the third Test against England as the hosts took a 2-1 lead in the four-match series.

After scoring a ton in the 2nd Test, Rohit Sharma top-scored in the first innings with 66 and remained unbeaten on 25 in the second innings of the third Test to move ahead of teammate Cheteshwar Pujara. With 742.20 points, he also broke his previous best points tally of 722 in October 2019 when he was ranked 10th.

Axar Patel, who was adjudged Man of the Match in the second Test, and R Ashwin have also made solid gains as India moved one step closer to the final of the inaugural ICC World Test Championship (WTC). While Axar has jumped 30 places to take the 38th place, Ashwin climbed four places to the third position.

In the meantime, ICC will move to a weekly updating system from March 2021. The change is being made to bring regularity to the ranking updates for both men and women, ensuring that fans know when to expect the latest updates.

The women’s player rankings will be updated at 12h00 Dubai time (08h00 GMT) every Tuesday, which will include performances in all ODI and T20I fixtures completed till the previous day.

Similarly, the men’s player rankings will be updated at 12h00 Dubai time (08h00 GMT) every Wednesdays across all three formats and will include performances in fixtures completed by the previous day.

The new system won’t impact the way the rankings are calculated but what it means is that instead of rankings being updated at the end of a series (in ODIs and T20Is) or a Test match, they may be updated while a series or match is ongoing without performances in those matches being considered.

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