With a match-winning performance against New Zealand, spinner Yasir Shah has made some really impressive gains in the recently released International Cricket Council (ICC) Test rankings for bowlers. The orthodox leg-spinner picked up 14 wickets in the second Test match of the ongoing series against the Kiwis.
Shah finished his spell with extraordinary figures of 8-41 in the first inning and 6-143 in the second inning to take his team to a crucial victory over the Black Caps. With this win, the Sarfaraz Ahmed-led side has leveled the series 1-1. The 32-year-old cricketer has made quite an entrance in the Top 10 ICC Test bowlers’ ranking list having attained the tenth spot.
Meanwhile, South African pacer Kagiso Rabada has now become the number one Test bowler in the world after England’s pacer James Anderson lost some crucial points for missing the Colombo Test against Sri Lanka. The English bowler is now eight points behind Rabada.
Meanwhile, in the batting table, England’s Jonny Bairstow jumped six places to attain the 16th place on the ranking list. Bairstow was superb in the recently concluded Test series against Sri Lanka as he scored a brilliant century in the third and final Test which helped his team register a 42-run victory over the hosts in the final Test.
Indian captain Virat Kohli continued to be ‘king of the kings’ as he remains at the top of batsmen rankings while Pakistan’s Azhari Ali has moved up three places to 12th. New Zealand’s Henry Nicholls is now ranked 17th (up by three places) while Jos Buttler of England has moved up three places to bag the 18th rank. Another Englishman Ben Stokes is now at the 31st position (up by five places) and Pakistan’s Babar Azam is now on the 39th position.
ICC MEN’S TEST PLAYER RANKINGS (BATSMEN) –
Virat Kohli (India) – 935 points
Steve Smith (Australia) – 910 points
Kane Williamson (New Zealand) – 876 points
Joe Root (England) – 807 points
David Warner (Australia) – 803 points
Cheteshwar Pujara (India) – 765 points
Dimuth Karunaratne (Sri Lanka) – 753 points
Dean Elgar (South Africa) – 724 points
Aiden Markram (South Africa) – 703 points
Usman Khawaja (Australia) – 699 points
ICC MEN’S TEST PLAYER RANKINGS (BOWLERS) –
Kagiso Rabada (South Africa) – 882 points
James Anderson (England) – 874 points
Mohammad Abbas (Pakistan) – 829 points
Vernon Philander (South Africa) – 826 points
Ravindra Jadeja (India) – 812 points
Patrick Cummins (Australia) – 784 points
Ravichandran Ashwin (India) – 777 points
Trent Boult (New Zealand) – 772 points
Jason Holder (West Indies) – 758 points
Yasir Shah (Pakistan) – 752 points
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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