Devendra Bishoo becomes Windies' highest-ranked Test bowler

Devendra Bishoo becomes Windies’ highest-ranked Test bowler

Bishoo becomes Windies’ highest-ranked bowler; Cremer, Masakadza and Williams also on the charge.

Devendra Bishoo
West Indies’ spinner Devendra Bishoo celebrates after he took his eighth wicket. (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Shai Hope and Roston Chase have continued to head in the right direction in the  ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen after wrist-spinner Devendra Bishoo spun the Windies to a 117-run victory over Zimbabwe in the first Test in Bulawayo on Tuesday.

Hope scored 90 not out and 44, while Chase contributed 31 and 95 as the Windies scored 219 and 373. For this performance, Hope has been rewarded with a jump of seven places that has put him in a career-high 24th place, while Chase has gained four places and now sits in 37th spot.

23-year-old Hope has recently been one of the most impressive and consistent batsmen on the international cricket circuit. He had started the three-Test series against England in 99th rank and ended in 30th place.

With the form he is in, Hope has an outstanding chance to finish the Zimbabwe tour inside the top 20 as he trails 20th-ranked Usman Khawaja of Australia by just eight points.

18th-ranked Kraigg Brathwaite remains the Windies’ highest-ranked batsman, though his lead over Hope has been trimmed to just 14 points.

The host side was mesmerised by Bishoo, who won the ICC Emerging Cricketer of the Year award in 2011. The 31-year-old from Guyana returned figures of five for 79 and four for 105 to not only walk away with the player of the match award but also collect 62 ranking points on the way, which have helped him lift from 28th place to a career-best 21st position.

Bishoo is now the Windies’ highest-ranked bowler, moving four places ahead of fast bowler Shannon Gabriel, who has slipped from 21st to 25th. Bishoo is now only eight points shy of leapfrogging England’s Moeen Ali to enter the top 20 for the first time in his career.

Chase and Bishoo have also improved their rankings in the all-rounders’ category. Chase is now 16th after rising two places, while Bishoo is 21st after lifting eight places.

Zimbabwe players have something to cheer for

Zimbabwe Captain Graeme Cremer, who took four for 64 and four for 114, has vaulted 12 places to occupy 45th position in the latest bowlers’ rankings, while Sean Williams, who bagged three for 20 and three for 91, has rocketed 19 places to share 70th position with Sri Lanka’s Lahiru Kumara.

In the batting table, opener Hamilton Masakadza, who scored 42 and 57, has risen seven places to 49th, while Brendan Taylor, who scored 1 and 73, has returned to the rankings in 37th position alongside Chase.

ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 25 October, after the first Test between Zimbabwe and the Windies):

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank      (+/-)         Player                 Team      Pts             Highest Rating

1           ( – )          Steve Smith          Aus         936         941 v Ind at Dharamsala 2017

2           ( – )          Joe Root                Eng        889        917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

3           ( – )          Kane Williamson NZ          880       893 v Aus at Perth 2015

4           ( – )          C. Pujara               Ind          876        888 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017

5           ( – )          David Warner       Aus        807         880 v NZ at Perth 2015

6           ( – )          Virat Kohli             Ind         806        895 v Ban at Hyderabad 2017

7           ( – )          Hashim Amla       SA           795         907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

8           ( – )          Lokesh Rahul       Ind          761*!     761 v SL at Pallekele 2017

9           ( – )          Ajinkya Rahane   Ind          760        825 v NZ at Indore 2016

10         ( – )          Azhar Ali                Pak         755         787 v Aus at Melbourne 2016

Other selected rankings

Rank      (+/-)         Player                    Team     Pts              Highest Rating

18         ( – )          K. Brathwaite        Win         667        701 v Eng at Headingley 2017

24         (+7)         Shai Hope             Win         653*!    653 v Zim at Bulawayo 2017

37=       (RE)        Brendan Taylor    Zim         584*     684 v Ban at Mirpur 2014

37          (+4)         Roston Chase      Win         584*      626 v Pak at Dominica 2017

45         (-2)          Craig Ervine         Zim         534*      536 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2017

49         (+7)         H. Masakadza      Zim         508*      559 v Ban at Chittagong 2014

51         (-9)          J. Blackwood        Win         499        575 v Eng at Barbados 2015

56         (-6)          Sikandar Raza     Zim         477*      497 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2017

62         (-4)          Jason Holder        Win         446       486 v Pak at Dominica 2017

68         ( – )          Kieran Powell       Win         430        468 v Ban at Mirpur 2012

93         (-13)       Sean Williams      Zim         347*     390 v SL at Harare 2016

100       (-8)          Shane Dowrich    Win         333*      447 v Pak at Jamaica 2017

Bowlers (top 10)

Rank    (+/-)           Player                    Team     Pts          Highest Rating

1           ( – )          James Anderson Eng         896!       896 v Win at Lord’s 2017

2           ( – )          Ravindra Jadeja  Ind          884       899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017

3           ( – )          Kagiso Rabada    SA           876!      876 v Ban at Bloemfontein 2017

4           ( – )          R. Ashwin              Ind          852       904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016

5           ( – )          Rangana Herath  SL           833       867 v Zim at Harare 2016

6           ( – )          Josh Hazlewood  Aus         794         863 v Ind at Bengaluru 2017

7           ( – )          Nathan Lyon         Aus         752!      752 v Ban at Chittagong 2017

8           ( – )          Dale Steyn            SA           748         909 v Win at Centurion 2014

9           ( – )          Neil Wagner         NZ           745        767 v SA at Dunedin 2017

10         ( – )          Stuart Broad         Eng         737         880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016

Other selected rankings

Rank    (+/-)         Player                    Team     Pts               Highest Rating

21         (+7)         Devendra Bishoo Win         600*!    600 v Zim at Bulawayo 2017

25         (-4)          Shannon Gabriel Win         578*     636 v Eng at Headingley 2017

27         (-1)          Kemar Roach       Win         573        774 v SA at Centurion 2014

31         ( – )          Jason Holder        Win         498*!     498 v Zim at Bulawayo 2017

45         (+12)      Graeme Cremer  Zim         377*!     377 v Win at Bulawayo 2017

66         (+1)         Roston Chase      Win         263*      264 v Eng at Headingley 2017

70         (+19)      Sean Williams      Zim         244*!     244 v Win at Bulawayo 2017

80         (-2)          H. Masakadza      Zim         189*     249 v Ban at Harare 2013

94         (+2)         K. Brathwaite        Win         129*     225 v Ind at Antigua 2016

All-rounders (top five)

Rank    (+/-)           Player                    Team     Pts          Highest Rating

1           ( – )          Shakib Al Hasan  Ban         438        489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017

2           ( – )          Ravindra Jadeja  Ind          430        438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017

3           ( – )          R. Ashwin              Ind          422        493 v Eng at Mohali 2016

4           ( – )          Ben Stokes           Eng         396*!     396 v Win at Lord’s 2017

5           ( – )          Moeen Ali              Eng         378        409 v SA at Old Trafford 2017