Cricket Ranking: England skipper Joe Root has made some major gains in the ICC Men’s Test Player batting Rankings owing to his blistering form in the ongoing five-match Test series against India.
Root scored a swashbuckling knock of an unbeaten 80 in the first innings of the second Test match against India at Lord’s. Root ranked No.5 before the start of the series in the ICC Test cricket ranking but leapfrogged to the second spot, just eight rating points behind the No. 1 Kane Williamson, thanks to the two centuries in two Test matches. Although the team is lost the last game after the first one ended in a draw, Root emerged as a standout batter. In the four innings across two Tests against India, Root registered 64, 109, 180* and 33, that’s 386 runs.
On Saturday, Joe Root became the fastest and only the second to get to 9000 runs for England in Tests. He is also the second-youngest to achieve the milestone.
Among other games in the Test cricket rankings, KL Rahul has made massive gains in the batting rankings. He registered 84 runs and 129 runs in the first two innings of the two Tests helped him rise up 19 spots to the 37th position in batting rankings.
The bowling rankings saw England’s veteran pacer James Anderson gain one spot to climb up to No.6. Thanks to his five-wicket haul in the first innings of the second game. Mark Wood (37th spot) and Mohammed Siraj (38th spot) have also jumped up the rankings, gaining 5 and 18 spots, respectively.
West Indies and Pakistan players have also achieved higher rankings from their performance in the first Test between the two teams. Pakistan skipper Babar Azam jumped up two slots to rise up to No.6 after registering scores of 30 and 55 in the match. Faheem Ashraf and Fawad Alam also made significant gains to rise to No.48 and 55, respectively in the batting standings.
Jason Holder’s brilliant all-round performance earned him a spot in the top 10 of the bowling rankings. He now ranks No.9 in the bowling rankings after gaining jumping up two spots and No. 43 in the batting rankings after gaining five spots.
Jayden Seales made a massive leap to rise up 39 places to the 58th spot in the bowling charts after his eight wickets spell in the match, which helped West Indies win the nail-biting game. Pakistan’s Shaheen Afridi also moved four spots to No.18.