Afghanistan players gain the most in the latest ICC Test rankings

Rahmat Shah jumped up 88 places after his twin half-centuries in the one-off Test.

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Afghanistan batsman Rahmat Shah has made quick progress in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings after starring in his side’s seven-wicket victory over Ireland in the one-off Test played in the northern Indian city of Dehradun.

The 25-year-old has advanced 88 places to reach 89th position in the rankings after scores of 98 and 76. The player of the match in his country’s second Test is now the highest-ranked batsman from his team, ahead of captain Asghar Afghan, who is in 106th place after gaining 24 places with a knock of 67. Hashmatullah Shahidi is another Afghanistan batsman to advance, moving up three slots to 110.

Fast bowler Yamin Ahmadzai and leg-spinner Rashid Khan have made rapid strides in the bowlers’ list. Yamin, who grabbed three wickets in Afghanistan’s inaugural Test against India last year, has gained 45 places to reach 50th position after finishing with six wickets in Dehradun. Rashid, who is top-ranked in T20Is and third in ODIs, has gained 50 places to reach 67th position after claiming seven wickets including the first five-wicket Test haul by an Afghanistan bowler.

What about Ireland?

For Ireland, Kevin O-Brien has moved up four places to 68th while fast bowler Tim Murtagh has also gained in the list for batsmen after a rare Test half-century batting at No.11, his scores of 54* and 27 lifting him 59 places to 140th. Debutant Andy Balbirnie has gained 73 slots to reach 145th position after a second-innings knock of 82 while among bowlers, Stuart Thompson has gained 18 slots to reach 64th position after taking three wickets in the match.

The second Test for both teams meant a step towards a full place in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings, for which they need another six matches. Both the teams though have already taken a liking to the longest format. The way they’ve played so far in the whites prove the same.

Here are the latest ICC Rankings:

Top batsmen

Rank Player Team Pts
1 Virat Kohli India 922
2 K Williamson NZ 913
3 C Pujara India 881
4 Steve Smith Aus 857
5 Henry Nicholls NZ 778*!
6 Joe Root Eng 763
7 David Warner Aus 756
8 A Markram SA 719*
9 Q de Kock SA 718
10 Faf du Plessis SA 702
68 Kevin O’Brien Ire 448*!
89 Rahmat Shah Afg 378*!
106 Asghar Afghan Afg 300*!
110 H Shahidi Afg 288*!
140 Tim Murtagh Ire 183*!

Top bowlers

Rank Player Team Pts
1 Pat Cummins Aus 878*!
2 J Anderson Eng 862
3 Kagiso Rabada SA 851
4 V Philander SA 813
5 Neil Wagner NZ 801!
6 R Jadeja India 794
7 Trent Boult NZ 787
8= Jason Holder WI 770*
M Abbas Pak 770*
10 R Ashwin India 763
50 Y Ahmadzai Afg 332*!
64 S Thompson Ire 253*!
67 Rashid Khan Afg 239*!

Top All-Rounders

Rank Player Team Pts
1 Jason Holder WI 439/*
2 S Al Hasan Ban 399
3 R Jadeja India 387
4 Ben Stokes Eng 357
5 V Philander SA 326

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