Cricket Rankings: Usman Khawaja’s outstanding performance in Australia’s convincing Test series victory over Pakistan has propelled him to No. 7 in the current ICC Test Rankings for hitters.
Khawaja was the star batsman in the three-match Test series, accumulating 496 runs from five innings at a stunning 165.33. His series totals were 97, 160, 44*, 91, and 104*, with the final two coming in Australia’s series-clinching 115-run triumph in Lahore in the third Test. That came after he started the year with two hundreds in the New Year’s Ashes Test in Sydney, his first appearance in the format in more than two years.
The left-hander jumped six ranks to No.7 in the new MRF Tyres ICC Test Rankings for hitters, passing David Warner, Rishabh Pant, Virat Kohli, Travis Head, and Rohit Sharma.
Abdullah Shafique, who finished second in the series with 397 runs at 79.40, jumped 22 spaces to get into the top 40, while Mohammad Rizwan fell eight spots to No. 19.
Meanwhile, England captain Joe Root has dropped to No. 4, with Steve Smith and Kane Williamson moving up to Nos. 2 and 3 in a ranking dominated by Marnus Labuschagne. Joshua de Silva’s amazing century in Grenada propelled him up 21 ranks to No.63.
Jason Holder has been ousted at No. 2 by Ravichandran Ashwin, while Kyle Mayers’ performance in Grenada has helped him climb a startling 29 ranks to No. 11. Ravindra Jadeja remains at the helm.
Mayers, who bowled 2/13 and 5/18 in the third Test, his sole outing in the series, has risen 33 places to No.48 in the bowling rankings. Shaheen Afridi has overtaken Kyle Jamieson to take fifth position, while Mitchell Starc has risen four places to No.11.
Australia captain Pat Cummins has cemented his position as the top-ranked Test bowler after taking 12 wickets in three Tests, including a game-changing five-for in the third.
In ODIs, Adam Zampa climbed six spots to enter the top ten in the current ICC ODI Rankings for bowlers. Zampa took 4/38 in Australia’s 88-run victory over Pakistan on Tuesday, March 29.
Shakib Al Hasan advanced four places to No. 8, while fellow countryman Taskin Ahmed advanced 15 places to No. 33, the latter having recorded 5/35 in Bangladesh’s emphatic nine-wicket win against South Africa last week. Meanwhile, Kagiso Rabada has dropped from No. 8 to No. 13.
Tamim Iqbal has risen to No.20 in the batting rankings, while Quinton de Kock has dropped to fifth, having been surpassed by Rohit Sharma. Imam-ul-brave Haq’s century on Tuesday propelled him back into the top ten.
After scoring a stroke-filled 126 in his side’s close six-run defeat against Papua New Guinea last week, Nepal’s Rohit Paudel has risen 41 places to No.83.
Colin de Grandhomme has re-entered the top-10 all-rounder rankings and is now ranked seventh.
Babar Azam, Trent Boult, and Shakib continue to lead the batting, bowling, and all-rounder lists.