Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has jumped couple of places to move to second spot in the latest ICC Test rankings, after scoring a superb knock of 143 runs during his side’s huge victory by an innings and 239 runs in the second Test against Sri Lanka in Nagpur.He had first peaked to second following the Ranchi Test against Australia in March, while the last time he was second was following his 133 against Sri Lanka in Colombo in August.Pujara has been rewarded with 22 points, which have lifted him from fourth to second on a career-high 888 points. The 29-year-old, who plays for Saurashtra in India’s domestic competitions, now leads his fifth-ranked captain Virat Kohli by 11 points.Kohli has vaulted from 817 points to 877 points after scoring his fifth career double century in 62 Tests.AP PhotoIndia opener Murali Vijay and middle-order batsman Rohit Sharma, who were the other centurions in the just-concluded Tests, have also made impressive gains. Vijay has risen eight places to 28th position, while Rohit has shot up seven places to 46th spot.Other batsmen making upward movements in the latest rankings include Dinesh Chandimal 17th (up by six places), Moeen Ali 26th (up by three places) and Shaun Marsh 43rd (up by two places), while some of the leading batsmen heading in the wrong direction include Joe Root third (down by one), Lokesh Rahul ninth (down by one), Alaistair Cook 14th (down by four), Ajinkya Rahane 15th (down by two), Dimuth Karunaratne 18th (down by one), Usman Khawaja 23rd (down by four), Shikhar Dhawan 29th (down by one), Angelo Mathews 30th (down by six) and Niroshan Dickwella 42nd (down by five).advertisementJADEJA RETURNS TO NO.2In the bowlers’ rankings, Ravindra Jadeja has reclaimed second position following his match figures of five for 84, while Mitchell Starc has returned to the top 10 in 10th position after his match figures of six for 128 helped him to gain three places.Ravichandran Ashwin, who became the fastest man to 300 wickets in Tests, has consolidated his fourth position by gaining nine points which have put him on 849 points. The India off-spinner is now 42 points behind number-one ranked James Anderson who has dropped five points after claiming two wickets in the Brisbane Test.Other bowlers to improve their rankings include Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ishant Sharma of India, who have moved up one place each to 28th and 30th respectively, and Pat Cummins of Australia, who has jumped six places to claim 45th position.ASHWIN NO.3 IN ALL-ROUNDERS’ LISTIn the all-rounders’ rankings, Ashwin has returned to third place in the list which is headed by Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh.AP PhotoMeanwhile, Australia captain Steve Smith has extended his lead at the top of the ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen, but the next four batsmen are separated by just 11 points in the latest rankings which were released on Tuesday following the conclusion of the Brisbane and Nagpur Tests.SMITH CONSOLIDATES TOP SPOTSmith stroked a magnificent unbeaten 141, his 21st century in his 57th Test, which was the cornerstone of Australia’s 10-wicket victory over England in Brisbane. For his performance, Smith has gained five points to rise to 941 points, making him joint-fifth in terms of the highest points tally in batting history in Tests behind Sir Don Bradman (961), Len Hutton (945), Jack Hobbs (942) and Ricky Ponting (942), and at par with Peter May (941).AP PhotoIf Smith is able to produce another strong performance in the day/night Test at the Adelaide Oval, then he has a solid chance of leapfrogging Hutton, Hobbs, Ponting and May into second place behind Bradman.England captain Joe Root is sitting third and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson is occupying fourth spot, while sixth-ranked David Warner of Australia is another 51 points behind Kohli.Smith, who led Root by 47 points before the start of the Brisbane and Nagpur Tests, now leads Pujara by 53 points.On the other hand, the two-match Test series between New Zealand and the West Indies commences at the Basin Reserve in Wellington from Friday.Fourth-ranked New Zealand (97) lead eighth-ranked Windies (75) by 22 points. This means the hosts will gain one point if they win by 1-0 and three points in case of a 2-0 win.In contrast, the Caribbean side will earn four points for a 1-0 win and six points for a 2-0 win. If the Windies win both the Tests, then New Zealand will drop to as low as sixth on 91 points.
zoom Malysia’s PDZ Holdings Bhd has had its second feeder arrested amid unpaid bunker bills.The 1997-built PDZ Maju was served with a warrant of arrest on 21 February 2017 by Continental Platform Sdn Bhd (CPSB) based on a claim worth RM 563,311 (USD 127,662) for unpaid supply of bunkers in December 2016.Earlier in February, another of the company’s vessels was served with an arrest warrant also for unpaid bunkers, namely PDZ Mewah.The warrant was served by Dan-Bunkering (Singapore), CCK Petroleum Sdn Bhd, CCK Capital and CCK Petroleum respectively, for the supply of marine fuel oil and/or marine gas oil totaled in approximately RM 3.8 million.Following the latest warrant of arrest, the company said that it has been in talks with CPSB in order to reach an out-of-court settlement.“However, the board is of the opinion that negotiations with CPSB have since fell through and, upon obtaining legal advice, has resolved to take steps to defend the arrest of vessel and any claims that may subsequently be filed and set it aside,” the company said.The financial and operational impact to the company is expected to be minimal as the company pointed out that it had made the necessary arrangements to secure slots from third party vessels as an interim measure to continue providing the same services.The expected losses resulting from hiring third party ships will be in the range of RM 45,000 to RM 50,000 per month, the company added.The net book value of PDZ Maju based on the latest audited financial statements of PDZ for the financial year ended 31 December 2016 is RM 5.554 million.