Rishabh Pant reaches new heights in ICC rankings for India keepers

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Rishabh Pant (r).

Rishabh Pant reached the joint-highest ranking by an India wicket-keeper in the latest ICC Test table after his fine century in the fourth and final Test against Australia in Sydney.

Pant enjoyed a great Test tour of Australia, scoring 350 runs and taking 20 catches across four Tests. The 21-year-old southpaw jumped 21 spots to reach 17th place, the joint-highest by a specialist India wicketkeeper along with Farokh Engineer. Pant’s aggregate of 673 rating points are also the the highest by an India wicketkeeper, with Dhoni having the next best of 662 points. Dhoni’s highest Test ranking was 19th.

Meanwhile, Cheteshwar Pujara – who scored 521 runs in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy and was adjudged man of the series – moved up the table in Test ranking for batsmen.

Pujara moved from fourth to third position in the ICC table to be placed behind table-topper Virat Kohli and Kiwis maestro Kane Williamson.

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India rest fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah for limited overs leg

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Jasprit Bumrah.

India fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah has been rested for the upcoming one-day series in Australia and tour of New Zealand after giving it his all during the Test series in Australia.

Bumrah took 21 wickets in four Tests as India won the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2-1, becoming the first  team from the country and Asia to win Down Under.

Virat Kohli‘s team now prepare for a three-match ODI series starting Saturday in Sydney before travelling to New Zealand for a limited-overs tour.

“Keeping in mind the workload of the bowler, it was best felt to give him adequate rest ahead of the home series against Australia,” the BCCI said in statement.

Fast bowler Mohammed Siraj replaces Bumrah in the squad for Australia and the five ODIs in New Zealand starting January 23. Paceman Siddarth Kaul will play in place of Bumrah in three Twenty20s in New Zealand. India then host Australia for five ODI matches starting February 24 back home, followed by two T20 games.

Squad for ODIs: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, K Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj

Squad for NZ T20Is: Virat Kohli(c), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, K Khaleel Ahmed, Siddarth Kaul

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Team India gets hefty bonus for Test series win in Australia

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The Indian cricket board on Tuesday awarded cash bonuses of up to 6 million rupees (Dh300,000) to Virat Kohli and his players after the No1 Test team secured a maiden Test series win in Australia.

India won the four-match series 2-1 after the final Test in Sydney was washed out . The BCCI congratulated the Indian team and announced a bonus of 1.5 million rupees (Dh75,000) per match for each player while the reserves get half as much.

That means that Kohli and others who took part in all four Tests will get double their match fees, which stands at 1.5 million rupees per Test.

Coach Ravi Shastri and his assistants will around Dh130,000 each.

India consolidated their position at the top of the Test table after the Border-Gavaskar win, reaching 116 points – eight more than second-placed England.

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