Rohit Sharma scales career best test ranking after 1st test heroics against South Africa

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Rohit Sharma is at his test career’s finest position after securing 17th position in the ICC Test Player Rankings after his blistering performance with the bat in the first test series between India and South Africa, scoring a monumental 176 in the first innings and 127 in the second.

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The 32 year old opener’s rank increased 36 slots as India took the lead in Visakhapatnam with a 203 run victory, and has now gained 40 points from the three day test series, adding up to the previous 120 points secured from the test series against West Indies. The Men in Blue now have 160 points in the ICC World Test Championship table.

Rohit, who now has five test centuries to his name, also became the first Indian test batsman in to be out stumped in both innings, and also the first in 80 years, since Engllishman Wally Hammond achieved the same fate against West Indies in a test series in 1939.

Team captain Virat Kohli has retained his second position, trailing 38 points behind the leader Steven Smith.

Along with Rohit, his opening partner Mayakn Agarwal is also up 38 places to his career best 25th rank, after scoring an amazing 215 off 371 balls in the first innings.

Rohit, who lives in Mumbai’s coastal suburb of Borivali has also recently came forward in favour of the Save Aarey campaign, and voiced his opinion on Twitter.

He wrote: “Even if there is more to the story, nothing is worth cutting down something so vital. Part of Mumbai being slightly greener & slight difference in the temperature is mainly because of #AareyColony. How can we take that away, not to mention thousands of animals will displace.”

The second test series against the Proteas will start on October 10th.