Joe Root, Rangana Herath climb to second position in their respective ICC rankings

Joe Root, Rangana Herath climb to second position in their respective ICC rankings
Joe Root was instrumental for England in the first innings
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England batsman Joe Root has reclaimed the second position in the International Cricket Council Rankings for batsmen after his century against India in the first Test in Rajkot.

Root, now moves ahead of New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson and is 42 points away from the top-ranked Australian captain Steven Smith.

England skipper Alastair Cook also returns to the top 10 following his knock of 130 which helped him gain one position while the other centurions for the visitors in the game, Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes moved six and eight places up respectively and are positioned at 26 and 32.

The 19-year-old Haseeb Hameed, who made his Test debut in Rajkot has opened up with 64th position with scores of 31 and 82.

For India, Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay, who scored centuries are now placed at 11th and 23rd position while Virat Kohli's unbeaten knock of 49 in the second innings helped him gain one position to 14.

Sri Lankan captain Rangana Herath has gone on to secure the second spot in the rankings for bowlers following his 19-wicket haul in the series against Zimbabwe. He is now placed at 867 points, 14 behind top-ranked Ravichandran Ashwin.

After picking seven wickets in the game against India, leg-spinner Adil Rashid has gained 17 positions and is now positioned at 61.

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