Dominating display of cricket from Team India saw two players earn a spot in the latest ICC Test rankings. While Ashwin retained his top-spot in the all-rounder’s standings, which was well-deserved because of his exceptional performance, fellow all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja skipped some places while climbing the rankings ladder to be placed fifth in the list.
As Test results already suggest, India’s batting was not as good as one expected to be. Therefore, the rankings doesn’t not feature any Indian top-order player in the Test batting list. Bowlers though, had a great series and the concluding result saw Ashwin (2nd) and Jadeja (8th) being the only two players to represent their country in the Bowler’s standings.
Now, players around the world have been performing well. The ingoing series of New Zealand-Sri Lanka and Australia-West Indies meant players playing out to their best of their abilities.
New Zealand’s Kane Williamson brilliant batting display got rightfully awarded as he earned the rise to the third place. Two consistent knocks of 88 and 71 from his bat helped New Zealand conquer Sri Lanka by 122 runs and also marking his team’s 12 successive Test home wins in a row.
Williamson’s opening partner Martin Guptill also made headway in the rankings. He jumped a remarkable 18 places after scoring 156 and 46. Even after being in the national side for long, Guptill was handed over his second Test man of the Match trophy after the first Test.
Skipper Brendon McCullum bettered his rankings, skipped two places to 17th while his Sri Lankan counterpart Angelo Mathews made his nation’s presence felt, being the lone player from his country to feature in the top 10 batsmen’s rankings, where he’s down one place to seventh owing to current form.
Moving down under, Australian skipper Steven Smith tumbled three places to fourth. Voges’ first innings double-century led him flying over 19 places to land on career best 15th spot. His partner in record breaking partnership of 449, sixth highest of all time meant Shaun Marsh’s 182 helping him climb 17 places to 37th in batsmen rankings.
The visiting team performance has not been one to provide some major activity in the list. Only Darren Bravo’s century has been noticed, moving him two spaces up the ladder, to 25th.
Shifting bases from batting to bowling, Australia’s Josh Hazlewood entered the top 10, by rising four spots after his 7-wicket spell against West Indies, while spinner Nathan Lyon skipped two places to 15th after taking 3 wickets in Hobart.