Yasir Shah returns to top 10 in ICC Test ranking


Yasir Shah with incredible figures of 8/41 and 6/143 in the second test against New Zealand climbed at number 10 in ICC test rankings for bowlers.

Yasir wretched the opponent’s batting line by blistering bowling figures and equaled the record of great Imran Khan who also took 14 wickets conceding 116 runs against Sri Lanka in Lahore in 1982.

Above him, James Anderson, who sat out the final Test after picking up just one wicket in the first two games, slipped from the perch to No.2, and Kagiso Rabada reclaimed the top spot, while Trent Boult went down two spots to No.8, allowing Pat Cummins and Ravichandran Ashwin to move up to six and seven respectively.

Of the other big performers in the three Tests, Bangladesh’s Taijul Islam added to his 18 wickets in the two Tests against Zimbabwe with a seven-wicket haul and rose six spots to No.21.

Ben Stokes also gained three places to get to 28th, and some distance below them, Lakshan Sandakan made the most of the opportunity in Akila Dananjaya’s absence, picking up seven wickets and moving up 11 places to get to the 45th spot.

Haris Sohail and Babar Azam, centurions in Pakistan’s win over New Zealand, rise sharply in latest ICC Test Player Rankings for batsmen.

Haris Sohail, who hit 147, moved up to No.38 (up 33 spots) and Babar Azam, who scored 127*, got to No.39 (up 24 places).

Pakistan test opener Azhar Ali who scored 81 in Pakistan’s only innings, gained three places to get to the 12th spot.

There were no changes in the top nine among the batsmen, but Dinesh Chandimal fell out of the top 10 to No.11, and Usman Khawaja moved back to No.10 following the Sri Lankan’s no-show in the last two Tests against England because of an injury.

Ross Taylor and Mushfiqur Rahim slipped a bit within the top 25, but Jonny Bairstow, Henry Nicholls, Jos Buttler and Kusal Mendis all moved up, while Mominul Haque’s 120 – centuries in consecutive Tests – took him up 11 places to just inside the top 25 at No.24.

There was a new No.5 among all-rounders too. Stokes, who put in good performances with ball and bat in Sri Lanka, swapped positions with Ashwin to slot in just behind Shakib Al Hasan, Ravindra Jadeja, Jason Holder and Vernon Philander.