ICC Test Rankings: There was no change in India captain Virat Kohli’s position at the top of Test batsmen’s list but West Indies skipper Jason Holder emulated Sir Gary Sobers to become world’s No 1 all-rounder in the latest Test rankings released by the ICC. Sir Gary Sobers was the last cricketer from Caribbean islands to top the list in March 1974 and Holder has now emulated him following his 202 not out off 229 balls in West Indies’ emphatic win against England.
Holder leapfrogged Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan and India’s Ravindra Jadeja to grab the number one spot for the first time in his career. Jadeja who slipped a place in all-rounder’s list maintained his fifth position in bowler’s list.
Cheteshwar Pujara (3rd) among batsmen and Ravichandran Ashwin (9th) among bowlers also held on to their last week’s rankings.
Holder scored his maiden double-century in front of his home crowd in Barbados, and also picked two wickets in the first Test versus England. It helped the hulking all-rounder jump two spots to the top of the all-rounders’ chart. Among the others to make notable gains in the latest update to the rankings, following the Tests in Barbados and Brisbane, were the Australian trio of Pat Cummins, Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne, along with the Windies’ Kemar Roach, Roston Chase and Shane Dowrich.
However, the week was all about Holder, who was named in the ICC Test team of the year 2018 for his all-round skills. He has, for the most part, been known as a bowling all-rounder, but he massively enhanced his batting reputation by stroking a marvelous unbeaten 202 against England. Under his leadership, the Windies also bowled England out for 77 and 246.
He also picked the crucial wickets of Joe Root and Keaton Jennings, and all in all, his all-round rating jumped to a career-best 440 points. That meant he leapfrogged Shakib Al Hasan and Ravindra Jadeja to the top spot. He also rose sharply in the batting rankings, by a remarkable 25 spots, and now sits comfortably at No.33.
Meanwhile, Dowrich, who supported him with a sedate 116*, also made a 14-spot jump to No.47. Shimron Hetmyer’s scores of 81 and 31 helped him rise 11 places to No.40.
(With ICC Inputs)