New Zealand skipper and probably one of the most underrated batsmen of this generation Kane Williamson soared in the recently announced ICC Test Rankings and became the first ever New Zealand batsman to pierce the 900-point barrier following a stupendous performance in the UAE against Pakistan.
The Kiwi batsman has gone past the banned Australian player Steve Smith to put himself on the second position in the latest ICC Test Rankings for batsmen.
Williamson has become the first ever New Zealand batsman and 32nd overall to breach the 900-point mark in the rankings. The only New Zealand player who has achieved this feat in the past is ICC Hall of Famer Sir Richard Hadlee.
The legendary bowler reached 909 points with the ball after taking 11 wickets in a Test match against Australia in Perth in November-December 1985.
While Williamson has been outstanding with the bat in Abu Dhabi and has been rightly awarded, the world number one ranked Virat Kohli could not manage to cross the 50-run mark in the first game against Australia at the Adelaide Oval. This poor performance has resulted in Kohli conceding 15 points to slip to 920 points.
Williamson currently has 913 points to his name, which is also the highest points tally to date for any New Zealand cricketer. In the all-time list of highest batting-wise ranking points, the skipper of Black Caps is sandwiched between Ken Barrington (914 points) and West Indies legend Brian Lara (911 points).
If Kohli fails to score some big runs in the second Test match too, then the 30-year-old cricketer would have to lose the number-one ranking he has been holding since August.
But that is not all, batsman Henry Nicholls has broken into the Top 10 for the first time in his career. Nicholls scored 126 not out in the second innings and stitched up a 212-run fifth wicket partnership with Williamson in the second innings of the third and final Test match against Pakistan.
Among the bowler, Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah's six-wicket haul against the Aussies in the last Test match helped him jump big in the rankings with Australia's off-spinner Nathan Lyon ascending two positions up to reach 14th position in Test rankings.
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Sports Journalist by profession, a Cricket Fanatic by passion. Aayush Sharma has been following the game of cricket since childhood and considers Sachin Tendulkar as his idol. When in free time, he loves to read books or go out and play some gully cricket with friends. For him, Tennis ace Roger Federer and F1 Legend Michael Schumacher are the only sportspersons that reach the level of Tendulkar