The home series against the West Indies has proved to be quite fruitful for the Indian players with Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant surging upwards, while skipper Virat Kohli maintained his numero uno position in the latest ICC rankings.
Prithvi Shaw has been pivotal to India's comprehensive series win against West Indies. The 18-year-old scored his maiden test century on his debut and followed that up with scores of 70 and 33. He was rightly awarded the Man of the series for his brilliant showing and is rewarded with a gain of 13 slots after he entered the rankings in 73rd place after his debut. The talented young batsman now sits at 60th place.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Pant also continued his upward climb ever since he received his call-up to India's Test squad. After scoring his maiden century during the fifth test at Oval, the explosive batsman then carried his form into the ongoing home series against West Indies, where he has scored 92 runs in both the innings he has played so far.
The Delhi batsman had started the series in 111th position and now sits at 62nd position. The southpaw would be deriving satisfaction from the rankings gain after failing to overcome the nerves of the nervous nineties twice during the Test series against West Indies.
In other movements, Ajinkya Rahane has gained four places to reach 18th position after his knock of 80, while Umesh Yadav has gained four slots to reach 25th position after becoming only the third Indian fast bowler to claim a 10-wicket Test haul on home soil.
For the West Indies, captain Jason Holder has made significant gains in all departments. His haul of five 56 in India’s first innings has lifted him four places to a career-best ninth position among bowlers while his first innings half-century was good enough to help him gain three slots to reach 53rd position.
Holder has also overtaken South Africa’s Vernon Philander to third position among all-rounders. Other players from the visiting side to advance in the rankings include Roston Chase, whose first innings century helped gain 10 slots and reach 31st position, and Shai Hope, who has gained five places to reach 35th position.
The 2-0 series result sees top-ranked India gain one point while the West Indies have lost one point, without affecting any change of positions in the team rankings.