The NZ Player Reclaims No. 1 spot in Test Batting Rankings
New Zealand has found another reason to celebrate after Kane Williamson claimed the top spot in the Test batting rankings. His last win on the same spot was in November 2015 when he played a series against Australia. Williamson, the New Zealand team captain, has now taken over Steve Smith, who has previously clouded him. This has happened a week after he led New Zealand to the World Test Championship in the first position in the ICC Test Batting Rankings.
Kane has risen to the first position after scoring 49 and 52 in the low-scoring WTC against India. In both innings, Williamson’s knocks were very significant. He now has 901 points in the ICC Batting Rankings, which is ten more than Steve’s.
Other players who gained points include Ross Taylor. He scored a triumphant 47 in the run-chase. This enabled him to advance three places to the 14th spot. On the other hand, Devon Conway, the New Zealand opener, has 18 openings to arrive at the 42nd spot after crushing 54 in the first innings. Also, the vice-captain of India, Rahane, has moved three areas to 13th place after enrolling scores of 49 and 15 in the notable WTC final. Virat Kohli, the India skipper, is still in the same fourth position with 812 points. Rohit Sharma was also able to hold on to his sixth place, but Rishabh Pant lost one place to the seventh.
For Kyle Jamieson, this game was a big success. He had moved to a career-best 13th position when he recorded history in the WTC final. Kyle was the only solitary bowler to take a 5-wicket pull in the Test Championship final. He scripted figures of 5/31 and 2/30 in the game. All the while, he turned out to be the first New Zealand’s bowler to get his fifth five-for inside his initial eight tests.
Apart from Kyle, other bowlers managed to advance in the rankings. Trent Boult, a left-arm pacer, is now in the 11th position among bowlers from the 14th place. He was able to record figures of 2/47 and 3/39 in the last game against India. Also, Kagiso Rabada and Mitchell Starc were able to rank up in the sixth and ninth positions.
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