Yasir Shah reclaims a spot in the top 10 Test bowlers rankings

James Anderson returns number-one bowling ranking to Kagiso Rabada.

Yasir Shah. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Jonny Bairstow of England, Bangladesh’s Mominul Haque and Yasir Shah of Pakistan have made impressive gains in the latest ICC Test Player Rankings following their contributions in their sides’ convincing victories earlier this week. Bairstow’s 110 and 15 was the cornerstone of England’s 42-run victory over Sri Lanka in Colombo, which gave the visitors a 3-0 series win, Mominul scored 120 and 12 as Bangladesh defeated the Windies by 64 runs in Chittagong for their maiden win over the Caribbean side, and Yasir recorded match figures of 14 for 184 as Pakistan bounced back in Dubai to level the series with New Zealand following an innings-and-16-run victory.

These performances not only earned the three players the match awards but also reflected in the latest player rankings, which were released Wednesday morning. Bairstow has returned to the top-20 in 16th place after rising six places, Mominul is now just outside the top-20 in 24th place after moving up 11 places and Yasir is back in the top-10 in 10th position after jumping nine places.

A number of other players have improved their rankings, following impressive performances in the just-concluded Tests. In the batting table, which Virat Kohli of India continues to lead, Azhar Ali has moved up three places to 12th, Kusal Mendis is 20th (up by eight places), Ben Stokes is 31st (up by five places), Roshen Silva is 48th (up by five places) and Shane Dowrich is 58th (up by seven places).

Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler of England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, New Zealand’s Henry Nicholls leads the pack of batsmen who have achieved career-high rankings. Nicholls is now ranked 17th (up by three places), Jos Buttler is 18th (up by three places), Haris Sohail is 38th (up by 33 places), Babar Azam is 39th (up by 24 places) and Ben Foakes is 50th (up by four places).

In the bowlers’ table, Kagiso Rabada has become the number-one bowler after England’s James Anderson lost one per cent of his points for missing the Colombo Test. This meant Anderson lost nine points and has now dropped eight points behind the South Africa fast bowler.

Apart from Yasir, other bowlers to move up the ladder are: Taijul Islam at a career-high 21st position (up six places), Stokes at 28th (up three places), Devendra Bishoo at 32nd (up two places), Adil Rashid at a career-best 36th (up two places), Jack Leach at 41st (up two places), Lakshan Sandakan at a career-high 45th (up 11 places) and Malinda Pushpakumara at 61st (up 15 places).

ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings (as on 28 November, after Chittagong, Colombo and Dubai Tests)

Batsmen (top 30)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points Avge
1 ( – ) Virat Kohli Ind 935 54.57
2 ( – ) Steve Smith Aus 910 61.37
3 ( – ) Kane Williamson NZ 876 50.42
4 ( – ) Joe Root Eng 807 50.44
5 ( – ) David Warner Aus 803 48.2
6 ( – ) C. Pujara Ind 765 49.54
7 ( – ) D. Karunaratne SL 753 37.6
8 ( – ) Dean Elgar SA 724 41.05
9 ( – ) Aiden Markram SA 703* 47.27
10 (+1) Usman Khawaja Aus 699 43.83
11 (-1) D. Chandimal SL 695 44.28
12 (+3) Azhar Ali Pak 683 44.47
13 (-1) Ross Taylor NZ 682 46.59
14 (-1) Hashim Amla SA 673 47.23
15 (-1) Faf du Plessis SA 665 42.33
16 (+6) Jonny Bairstow Eng 653 37.71
17 (+3) Henry Nicholls NZ 644*! 36.07
18 (+3) Jos Buttler Eng 635! 36.76
19 (-2) Ajinkya Rahane Ind 633 41.4
20 (+8) Kusal Mendis SL 627 36.11
21= (-3) Mushfiqur Rahim Ban 611 35.32
(+2) Asad Shafiq Pak 611 39.15
23 (-7) Angelo Mathews SL 609 43.05
24= (+11) Mominul Haque Ban 608 44.35
(+2) Lokesh Rahul Ind 608 37.71
26= (+1) Brendan Taylor Zim 607* 35.38
(-8) Kraigg Brathwaite Win 607 35.97
28 (-4) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 603 39.23
29 (-5) BJ Watling NZ 601 37.61
30 (-1) Quinton de Kock SA 593 36.32

Bowlers (top 30)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points Avge
1 (+1) Kagiso Rabada SA 882 21.71
2 (-1) James Anderson Eng 874 26.98
3 ( – ) M. Abbas Pak 829* 16.62
4 ( – ) Vernon Philander SA 826 21.54
5 ( – ) Ravindra Jadeja Ind 812 23.5
6 (+1) Pat Cummins Aus 784* 23.81
7 (+1) R. Ashwin Ind 777 25.44
8 (-2) Trent Boult NZ 772 28.07
9 ( – ) Jason Holder Win 758* 28.5
10 (+9) Yasir Shah Pak 752 28.23
11 (+1) Shannon Gabriel Win 749 29.73
12 (-1) Josh Hazlewood Aus 744 26.84
13 (-3) Neil Wagner NZ 740 28.49
14= (+1) Nathan Lyon Aus 706 32.21
( – ) Tim Southee NZ 706 30.82
16 (-3) Stuart Broad Eng 694 29.04
17 (-1) Mitchell Starc Aus 693 28.52
18 (-1) Keshav Maharaj SA 692* 27.65
19 (-1) Dilruwan Perera SL 689! 31.49
20 (+1) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 673 31.44
21 (+6) Taijul Islam Ban 652*! 31.1
22 ( – ) M. Shami Ind 637 29.96
23 ( – ) Dale Steyn SA 635 22.64
24 (-4) Kemar Roach Win 628 28.59
25 (-1) Umesh Yadav Ind 613! 32.85
26 (-1) Ishant Sharma Ind 603 34.73
27 (-1) Moeen Ali Eng 600 37.44
28 (+3) Ben Stokes Eng 588 32.7
29 ( – ) B. Kumar Ind 578* 26.09
30 (-2) Mehidy Hasan Ban 574* 33.12

All-rounders (top five)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points
1 ( – ) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 405
2 ( – ) Ravindra Jadeja Ind 400
3 ( – ) Jason Holder Win 372 /*
4 ( – ) Vernon Philander SA 370
5 (+1) Ben Stokes Eng 342

*indicates provisional rating; a batsman qualifies for a full rating after playing 40 Test innings; a bowler qualifies for a full rating when he reaches 100 Test wickets.

!indicates career-highest rating

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