New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson surpassed Steve Smith to become the top-ranked Test batsman in the latest ICC Test rankings that were revealed on Monday,
Kane Williamson is the new No.1 Test ranked batsman. (AP Photo)
- Kane Williamson is leading the charts with 870 rating points
- Ajinkya Rahane jumped to No.6 courtesy his gritty century in MCG Test
- Steve Smith scored just 10 runs in India series to drop to 3rd position
New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson surpassed Steve Smith and Virat Kohli to become the No.1 batsman in ICC Test rankings on Thursday. Williamson riding on his brilliant century against Pakistan in the first Test in Mount Maunganui, leapfrogged Smith who had a poor outing in the first two Test vs India.
This is the second time that Williamson has occupied the top spot. Earlier, Williamson was the top-ranked Test batsman towards the end of 2015. Steve Smith held the top spot for 313 days and Kohli was the top-ranked Test batsman for 51 days.
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Kane Williamson overtakes Steve Smith and Virat Kohli to become the No.1 in the @MRFWorldwide ICC Test Rankings for batting ??
— ICC (@ICC) December 31, 2020
Ajinkya Rahane has gained big after his gritty century at MCG helped India register a series-leveling eight-wicket win in the Boxing Day Test. Rahane has advanced five places to reach the sixth position, just one below his career-best of fifth attained in October 2019.
Williamson-led New Zealand Cricket Team has scripted history as they have finally leapfrogged their Trans-Tasman neighbour Australia to claim the numero-uno spot in the ICC Test rankings for the first time in its history.
New Zealand achieved the feat after they registered their 5th consecutive Test win this year- all at home- courtesy of a dramatic 101-run victory over Pakistan in the first of the two-Test matches at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.
Ashwin top-ranked Indian bowler, Bumrah back in top 10
India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (seventh) and quick Jasprit Bumrah (ninth) improved their top 10 positions after their impressive performance in the Melbourne Test. Australia’s Pat Cummins remains the top-ranked Test bowler, while compatriot Mitchell Starc jumped two places to enter the top five.
All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is another big gainer, moving up 11 spots to a career best-equalling 36th place among batsmen after a handy knock of 57 in his only innings in Melbourne and gaining four places to reach 14th place among bowlers after finishing with three wickets in the match. He remains third among all-rounders but has reduced the gap with Jason Holder 34 to seven points.