In ICC top Test Ranking for batsman, Indian players are forming a crowd. After the Sri Lanka Test, another Test batsman of team India entered the top ten lists. Lokesh Rahul, the opener in test format, joined his team mates on the list of top batsmen. With Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul registered his name as the ninth batsman on the top chart. The Sri Lanka test series gave the step-up to Rahul, who marked his seventh successive half century by end of the test. His strike of successive half centuries is itself a feat. So far, only five batsmen have knocked seven successive fifties. Everton Weekes, Andy Flower, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kumar Sangakkara and Chris Rogers are the players reached the milestone before Lokesh Rahul.
In the recently concluded Test series, Lokesh Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan marked a 188-run opening partnership. It was the highest for a visiting team in the country. Rahul’s Test career started on last week of December 2014 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Although injury kept the player out of the game, he made a strong mark whenever he returned. In the present Test series, Rahul came back from a hiatus of more than six months. The last match he played was the Test against Australia in Dharamshala. He had an impressive form in the series, which the player kept on in the present tournament as well.
Apart from Lokesh Rahul several players achieved records in the Test series. Shikhar Dhawan knocked his career best century of 190 runs off 168. The player knocked it in the first Test in Galle. It was a record breaking inning for the player. In the series, he aggregated 358 runs at an average of 89.50. Another achiever was allrounder Hardik Pandya. In the third and final Test, he smashed a 100 of 86 balls. Also, Ravindra Jadeja contributed equally in both batting and bowling to replace Shakib Al Hassan as the top ICC Test allrounder.
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