Star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin regained the second spot in the bowlers’ list while left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja continued to hold on to the top spot in the latest Test rankings announced by the International Cricket Council (ICC) here on Tuesday.
The latest rankings take into account performances in the first Test at Galle in which India defeated Sri Lanka by 304 runs on Saturday to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series and the ongoing series between England and South Africa.
England defeated South Africa by 239 runs at The Oval in the Third Test on Monday to take a 2-1 lead in the four-match series.
Among the batsmen, Indian top-order star Cheteshwar Pujara and skipper Virat Kohli have managed to hold on to the fourth and fifth positions respectively thanks to their excellent form in the Galle Test.
Several England players made significant gains with all-rounder Ben Stokes taking career-best positions in both batting and bowling after a fine show in the third Test.
Stokes has moved up 12 places to the joint-25th position in the rankings for batsmen with scores of 112 and 31. He also gained two places to reach the 19th position in the list for bowlers after grabbing figures of 1/26 and 2/51.