Williamson Reaches The Top Position
Arguably one of New Zealand’s finest batsmen, Kane Williamson, has reclaimed his top spot on the ICC Test rankings. Williamson ranks with 901 points, while Steven Smith, who comes in second, has 891 points.
The 30-year-old skipper’s knocks of 49 and 52 not out in the low-scoring World Test Championship (WTC)final against India got him above the 900-mark, giving him a ten-point lead over Steven Smith. New Zealand handed India an eight-wicket defeat in the final to lift the inaugural WTC mace in Southampton.
Kane Williamson Test ranking had dropped before the final against India to 2nd place, while Steven Smith took the top spot. However, his stellar performance at the WTC final saw him quickly overturn the table to reclaim his title on the ICC Test Rankings. He is now back to the position he first grabbed in 2015 in a series against Australia.
Ross Taylor, who, alongside Williamson, took New Zealand past the finish line, scored an unbeaten 47. Furthermore, he partnered with Williamson in an unbroken 96-run stand to win the final against India. As a result, Taylor has advanced three places to position 14, while Devon Conway, who is left-handed, has gained 18 slots and now stands at position 42 after top-scoring with 52 in the first innings.
India’s skipper Virat Kohli has retained his fourth spot with 812 factors. Additionally, Rohit Sharma has remained in his sixth position as Rishabh slipped to the seventh position.
New Zealand Test bowlers have also gained in the Test rankings. They include Kyle Jamieson, who has gained after thriving in the seaming conditions. Named player of the match, Jamieson continues his fast rise in his Test career. His figures of five for 31 and two for 30 have seen him climb up to position 13-his career best. He is the first bowler to take more Test wickets at his average since 1900.
Trent Boult has also moved up two places to take up 11th position. The left-armer’s figures of two for 48 and three-edged him closer to the top 10 on the table.
On the flip side, India’s Vice Captain Ajinkya Rahane made a notable achievement by moving up to 13th place after scores of 49 and 15.
Pat Cummins has held on to his first spot, followed closely by Ravichandran Ashwin at second place. New Zealand’s Tim Southee and Neil Wagner were within third and fifth place respectively on the bowling rankings.
Further, Ravindra Jadeja, who had held onto first place in the all-rounder rankings, lost his spot to West indies all-rounder Jason Holder. As a result, Jadeja has slipped to third place, as England’s Ben Stokes is now in second place.
The ICC Men’s T20I Player Ranking table has also seen some movement, with West Indie’s left-handed opener Evin Lewis moving to 10th place, up from position 13. Named man of the match, Lewis’ effort of 71 off 35 balls within the first of the two games of their ongoing five-match collection pushed the rankings.
Other players who have shown progress include South Africa’s Quinton de Kock – who is up a point landing at 22nd place, Reeza Hendricks who is now at 24th, and Temba Bavuma-up 24 places to 64th.
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