Ravichandran Ashwin delivers a carom ball; it beats Lahiru Kumara’s edge and knocks off his off-stump. Another innings win for India. The scoreline reads 3-0. Virat Kohli’s men have won 8 Test series in a row. Kohli becomes the first captain to win 2 Test series in Sri Lanka. It is almost a year that India have been unmoved from the pinnacle of ICC Test Rankings. There are some top quality sides vying for that spot, but Kohli’s men are in no mood to vacate it. Their real test will, however, lie in how they fare in their next 2 overseas tours — South Africa and England.

If you are the best side in the world, you will have some of your players in the top slots in their individual rankings. At the moment, the ICC Rankings for Test batsmen is infested with Indian batters in the top 10. In fact, there are 4 Indian names, 2 Englishmen, 1 South African, 1 New Zealander, 1 Pakistani, and Australian skipper Steven Smith meanwhile continues to top the chart with his spectacular consistency.

Cheteshwar Pujara’s climb in the rankings has been phenomenal. Primarily a subcontinent bully, Pujara latched onto the opportunity of the home season and the Sri Lankan series that followed. In the past year, Pujara has amassed 1,625 runs at 65, slamming 6 centuries. Kohli, a man regarded as the best batsman in world cricket at the moment, hails his teammate as the best batter in the Indian Test side. Even ICC agrees.

Pujara is the fourth-ranked batsman in Test cricket and the best amongst Indian. He is followed in the list by Kohli. The surprise lies at the ninth spot. Indian opener KL Rahul, for the first time in his career, has entered the Top 10. With Rahul’s 8 consecutive 50-plus scores, the consistency has resulted in his entry at No. 9. He is only 3 points behind South African stalwart Hashim Amla.

Ajinkya Rahane is at the 10th spot, while Shikhar Dhawan too has jumped up places to the 28th spot. With 2 dominating centuries, Dhawan was awarded the Man of the Series in Sri Lanka.

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Ravindra Jadeja continues to rule the bowler’s ranking. He is the No.1 Test bowler in the world. In the 15 Tests that he has played over the year, he has claimed 84 wickets at 23.75. He is also the No. 2 all-rounder in this format thanks to his batting average over the past year touching 46. The only player above him in the all-rounder’s category is Bangladesh’s Shakib-Al-Hasan.

While Jadeja rules the roost, his spin-twin Ravichandran Ashwin isn’t far behind. He is the No. 3 bowler in Test cricket (No. 2 being James Anderson), and he is also the No. 3 all-rounder in this format. Over the past year, Ashwin has scored 596 runs at 29.80 and claimed 100 wickets at 25.35.

Mohammed Shami has been impressive since his comeback, but his sporadic appearances over the past year has hampered his rise. He still maintains a ranking of 19th in the bowlers’ list. Shami, since his comeback in 2016, has played 13 Tests and picked 39 wickets at 24.51.

As of now the Saurashtra boys, Pujara and Jadeja, lead the batting and bowling charts respectively.

India will be playing a Test series against Sri Lanka at home, which will further give them a chance to boost their points and will give these players a chance to reach unattainable heights. In 2017, India’s overseas quests begin in tougher horizon, and the test starts in South Africa, a nation where India is yet to register a Test series victory.