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Rishabh Pant’s special display down under leaves MS Dhoni behind

Moving up to 17th spot in the latest ICC rankings, Rishabh Pant has achieved the highest-ever Test batting rating for an Indian wicketkeeper

Pant’s unbeaten 159 against Australia in Sydney has seen him jump 21 spots and earn 673 rating points, topping MS Dhoni’s career-best record of 662 points and Farokh Engineer’s mark of 619.

Engineer was also ranked in 21st spot way back in 1973.

Pant only made his Test debut in August last year and already has almost 700 runs to his name, including two centuries.

Teammate Cheteshwar Pujara, who also scored a century at the SCG, has moved up one spot to third on the batting rankings, moving ahead of banned Australian Steve Smith, who has slipped to fourth.

South Africa’s Aiden Markram was another big mover in the latest rankings, gaining seven spots to be 10th after his innings of 78 against Pakistan in Cape Town.

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