New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, who struck his second double-century of his career in the first Test of the three-match series against Bangladesh, has reached his career-best 915 rating points to attain the second spot in the latest batsmen rankings in the Test format. This knock by the Kiwi captain has lifted him from 897 points to 915 points and he is just seven points away from toppling Virat Kohli at the top position in the ICC Test batsman rankings.
With two matches still to go in the series against Bangladesh, Williamson has a chance to topple Kohli at the top of the rankings. Williamson rating points of 915 are the highest for any New Zealand player. Only Sir Richard Hadlee had points more than 900 for a Kiwi player.
Openers Tom Latham and Jeet Raval have also made steady progress in the rankings after scoring centuries. Latham’s knock of 161 has enabled him to reach the 11th position while Raval has risen five slots to reach the 33rd position.
Among the bowlers, the pair of Trent Boult and Tim Southee hold the number 8 and 9 respectively in the ICC bowler rankings.
Ravindra Jadeja (No.5) and Ravichandran Ashwin(No.10) are the only bowlers from India to feature in the top 10 in bowler rankings.
After registering an emphatic win against Bangladesh in the, pacer Neil Wagner and batsman Tom Latham rose to No.11 in the bowling and batting charts, respectively, of the ICC Test Player Rankings.
New Zealand dominated Bangladesh in the first Test in Hamilton, securing an innings-and-52-run victory on Sunday, 2 March. The hosts’ top order, comprising Latham, Jeet Raval and skipper Kane Williamson, all reached triple digits as New Zealand posted a record 715/6 declared.
(With Agency Inputs)