New Zealand captain Kane Williamson jumped one place in the latest rankings of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Test batsmen released on Monday to jointly finish second with his India counterpart Virat Kohli. On the other hand, West Indies captain Jason Holder, who performed poorly during the innings and 134 runs in the first Test against New Zealand, lost his top spot to England star Ben Stokes in the ICC list of Test all-rounders.
Australia’s star batsman Steve Smith leads the list of Test batsmen with a 911 point. Williamson scored a double century during his win against the West Indies in Hamilton. According to the ICC statement, India’s Cheteshwar Pujara is ranked seventh ahead of Stokes (eighth) in the batsmen’s list while England captain Joe Root is in ninth place. New Zealand opener Tom Latham enters the top 10, finishing 10th. Team India’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane is 11th while Mayank Agarwal is 12th. Both have lost one place each.
Holder, who had failed to take a single wicket despite bowling 31 overs during the New Zealand innings, also failed to bat and played innings of 25 and 08 runs which cost him a loss in the rankings. Stokes now tops the list of all-rounders with 446 points while Holder is second with 434 points. Ravindra Jadeja of India remains in third place with 397 points.
His teammate Ravichandran Ashwin has slipped one place to sixth position. He has 287 points. In the bowlers’ list, Jasprit Bumrah of India retained the ninth position while Ashwin moved up one place to 11th position. Mohammed Shami (combined 13th), Ishant Sharma (17th) and Jadeja (18th) also figure in the top 20. India has to play a four-Test series for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia, which will start in Adelaide from 17 December.