India offspinner R. Ashwin has moved up from eighth to seventh in the latest ICC Test bowlers’ rankings released on Wednesday. Among Test batsmen, India captain Virat Kohli continues to occupy the top spot.
Among members of other teams, Jonny Bairstow of England (currently ranked 16), Mominul Haque of Bangladesh (24), and Yasir Shah of Pakistan (10) have made impressive gains following their contributions in their sides’ convincing victories earlier this week.
Bairstow’s 110 and 15 were the cornerstone of England’s 42-run victory over Sri Lanka in Colombo, which gave the visitor a 3-0 series win. Mominul scored 120 and 12 as Bangladesh defeated Windies by 64 runs in Chittagong, and Yasir recorded match figures of 14 for 184 as Pakistan bounced back in Dubai in the second Test to level the series with New Zealand. All three players were adjudged the Man of the Match.
A number of other players have also improved their rankings, following impressive performances in the recently-concluded Tests.
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Among Test batsmen, Azhar Ali has moved up three places to 12th, Kusal Mendis is 20th (up by eight places), Ben Stokes 31st (up by five places), Roshen Silva 48th (up by five places) and Shane Dowrich 58th (up by seven places). New Zealand’s Henry Nicholls leads the pack of batsmen who have achieved career-high rankings. Nicholls is now ranked 17th (up by three places), Jos Buttler 18th (up by three places), Haris Sohail 38th (up by 33 places), Babar Azam 39th (up by 24 places) and Ben Foakes 50th (up by four places).
Rabada No. 1
Among Test bowlers, South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada has become the No. 1 bowler after England’s James Anderson lost one per cent of his points for missing the Colombo Test. This meant Anderson lost nine points, eight points behind Rabada.
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