Misbah-ul-Haq gains six places in the latest ICC Test Player Rankings

Jason Holder, Shane Dowrich and Shanon Gabriel also reached career-best rankings.

Pakistan's captain Misbah-ul-Haq stranded at 99*
Pakistan’s captain Misbah-ul-Haq. (Photo by JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

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Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has gained six slots to reach 20th position in the ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen after the first Test against the West Indies in Kingston which his team won by seven wickets on Tuesday to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Misbah, who along with former captain Younus Khan has announced that this will be his last Test series, notched unbeaten knocks of 99 and 12 to put himself in a position to further gain in the batsmen’s rankings, in which he attained a career-best sixth position in October 2013. Younus, a former top-ranked batsman, has maintained his eighth position with innings of 58 and six.

Among other Pakistan batsmen, Sarfraz Ahmed‘s first innings knock of 54 has seen him gain one place to move up to 24th position while Babar Azam has gained 14 places to reach 94th position after scores of 72 and nine not out.

For the West Indies, captain Jason Holder’s innings of 57 not out and 14 have helped him gain five slots to reach a career-best 60th position while Shane Dowrich (up one place to 63rd position) and Roston Chase (up 21 positions to 70th position) have also reached career-best rankings.

In the ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers, leg-spinner Yasir Shah’s player of the match effort of two for 91 and six for 63 has lifted him one slot to 15th position while left-arm pace bowler Mohammad Amir has gained 13 slots to reach 42nd ranking after taking six for 44 and one for 20 in Kingston.

For the West Indies, pace bowlers Shannon Gabriel (up seven places to 33rd ranking) and Alzarri Joseph (up 22 places to 73rd ranking) have reached career-best positions after taking four wickets each in the match.

ICC Test Batsmen Rankings:

Rank Name Country Rating
1 S.P.D. Smith AUS 941
2 K.S. Williamson NZ 880
3 J.E. Root ENG 848
4 C.A. Pujara IND 846
5 V. Kohli IND 818
6 Q. de Kock SA 802
7 D.A. Warner AUS 759
8 Younus Khan PAK 757
9 H.M. Amla SA 748
10 Azhar Ali PAK 744

Other selected rankings:

Rank Player Team Points Average
20  Misbah-ul-Haq Pakistan 681 46.87
24  Sarfraz Ahmed Pakistan 653 42.59
60  Jason Holder West Indies 458* 30.06
63  Shane Dowrich West Indies 447* 33.21
70 Roston Chase West Indies 403* 33.66
94 Babar Azam Pakistan 347* 31.75

ICC Test Bowlers Rankings:

Rank Name Country Rating
1 R.A. Jadeja IND 898
2 R. Ashwin IND 865
3 H.M.R.K.B. Herath SL 854
4 J.R. Hazlewood AUS 826
5 J.M. Anderson ENG 810
6 S.C.J. Broad ENG 803
7 K. Rabada SA 798
8 D.W. Steyn SA 794
9 N. Wagner NZ 745
10 M.A. Starc AUS 742

ICC Test All-Rounders Rankings:

Rank Name Country Rating
1 Shakib Al Hasan BAN 431
2 R.A. Jadeja IND 422
3 R. Ashwin IND 413
4 B.A. Stokes ENG 327
5 M.A. Starc AUS 318
6 Moeen Ali ENG 312
7 V.D. Philander SA 288
8 H.M.R.K.B. Herath SL 223
9 S.C.J. Broad ENG 219
10 C.R. Woakes ENG 205