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Rahmat Shah Makes Significant Gains in ICC Rankings After Guiding Afghanistan to their First Test Win 

Rahmat Shah Makes Significant Gains in ICC Rankings After Guiding Afghanistan to their First Test Win
Rahmat Shah. Credit: AFP

Afghanistan Cricket team’s Rahmat Shah has made significant jumps in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings after guiding his to a seven-wicket victory over Ireland – their first Test win in the one-off Test series. Meanwhile, Afghanistan became the joint second-fastest to a maiden Test-match win, alongside Pakistan and England.

Rahmat gains big

Rahmat batted brilliantly in both the innings with scores of 98 and 76 respectively to lead the charge. As a result, the star batsman jumped 88 places to reach 89th position in the latest ICC Rankings. Currently, Rahmat Shah tops the ranking chart among batsmen from his country. Skipper Asghar Afghani, who is in the 106th spot after jumping 24 places following his knock of 67 runs sits behind Rahmat Shah. Hashmatullah Shahidi is another Afghanistan batsman to advance, moving up three slots to 110.

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On the bowler’s list, fast bowler Yamin Ahmadzai and leg-spinner Rashid Khan have come up the ranks quite fast following their spectacular show during the Dehradun Test. Yamin, who returned with six wickets in the match gained 45 places to reach 50th position. Rashid, on the other hand, has jumped 50 places to the 67th spot following his seven wickets haul including a fifer. Notably, this is Rashid’s first five-wicket haul in Test cricket, who ranks one and third in T20I and ODI rankings respectively.

For Ireland, debutant Andy Balbirnie has gained 73 slots to reach 145th position after a second-innings knock of 82 while among bowlers, Stuart Thompson has gained 18 slots to reach 64th position after taking three wickets in the match. Also, Kevin O-Brien has jumped four places to 68 while pacer Tim Murtagh has also gained in the list for batsmen. His scores of 54* and 27 batting at No 11 saw Murtagh jump 59 places to 140th spot.

Meanwhile, this is the second Test for both the teams and will need another six matches to find a full place in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings.

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 19 March 2019)

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Avge Highest Rating
1 ( – ) Virat Kohli India 922 53.76 937 v Eng at Southampton 2018
2 ( – ) K Williamson NZ 913 53.38 915 v Ban at Hamilton 2019
3 ( – ) C Pujara India 881 51.18 888 v SL at Nagpur 2017
4 ( – ) Steve Smith Aus 857 61.37 947 v SA at Durban 2018
5 ( – ) Henry Nicholls NZ 778*! 45.75 778 v Ban at Wellington 2019
6 ( – ) Joe Root Eng 763 49.51 917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015
7 ( – ) David Warner Aus 756 48.2 880 v NZ at Perth 2015
8 ( – ) A Markram SA 719* 43.8 759 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018
9 ( – ) Q de Kock SA 718 39.31 802 v NZ at Hamilton 2017
10 ( – ) Faf du Plessis SA 702 42.95 734 v India at Centurion 2018

Bowlers (top 10)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Avge Highest Rating
1 ( – ) Pat Cummins Aus 878*! 22.02 878 v SL at Canberra 2019
2 ( – ) J Anderson Eng 862 26.93 903 v India at Lord’s 2018
3 ( – ) Kagiso Rabada SA 851 21.77 902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018
4 ( – ) V Philander SA 813 21.64 912 v India at Johannesburg 2013
5 ( – ) Neil Wagner NZ 801! 27.51 801 v Ban at Wellington 2019
6 ( – ) R Jadeja India 794 23.68 899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017
7 ( – ) Trent Boult NZ 787 27.54 825 v Eng at Lord’s 2015
8= ( – ) Jason Holder WI 770* 27.69 778 v Eng at Antigua 2019
( – ) M Abbas Pak 770* 18.86 838 v NZ at Abu Dhabi 2018
10 ( – ) R Ashwin India 763 25.43 904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016

All-rounders (top five)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Highest Rating
1 ( – ) Jason Holder WI 439/* 448 v Eng at Antigua 2019
2 ( – ) S Al Hasan Ban 399 489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017
3 ( – ) R Jadeja India 387 438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017
4 ( – ) Ben Stokes Eng 357 395 v WI at Lord’s 2017
5 ( – ) V Philander SA 326 377 v SL at Galle 2018

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