In the latest rankings for Test cricket released by the International Cricket Council (ICC), Indian captain Virat Kohli is at number two with 886 points. Former Australian captain Steve Smith is at the top with 911 points. Apart from this, Australia’s young batsman Marnus Labuschen is third with 827 points. New Zealand captain Kane Williamson is at number four and Pakistan’s stylish batsman Babar Azam is at number five.
Ben Stokes reaches second place
India’s Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara have also found a place in the top-10 in the latest Test rankings. Pujara is at seventh and Rahane at number 10 in the new list. England’s Ben Stokes, who missed the last two Tests of the three-match Test series against Pakistan, has slipped from first place to second in the all-rounder’s rankings. West Indies’ Jason Holder is first and India’s Ravindra Jadeja is at number three.
Pat Cummins tops the bowlers ranking
Australia’s fast bowler Pat Cummins is at number one in the bowlers’ rankings released by the ICC with 904 points. At the same time, England fast bowler Stuart Broad has come second with 845 points after performing brilliantly in the Test series against West Indies and Pakistan. Neil Wagner of New Zealand is at number three in the latest rankings. England’s James Anderson, who completed 600 wickets in the recent Test, is at 8th position. Only one Indian has got a place in the top-10 in the bowlers’ rankings. Jasprit Bumrah of India is at number 9.
Power of swing
James Anderson has become the first fast bowler to take 600 wickets in Test cricket. Anderson achieved this in the third Test against Pakistan. Anderson, after getting an entry in a very special club, said that he can take 700 wickets in Test cricket. So far in Test cricket, only two legendary spinners Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne have got 700 wickets.
England fast bowler Anderson took his 600th wicket by dismissing Pakistani captain Azhar Ali during the third Test match here on Tuesday. He is now fourth in the list of highest wicket-taking bowlers after Muralitharan (800), Warne (708) and Anil Kumble (619).
After the match draw ended, this 38-year-old bowler has expressed his forward intentions. Anderson said, “I talked to Joe Root about this and he said that he wants to see me in next year’s series against Australia.” I do not see any reason why I feel that I cannot be a part of the team. I am working hard on my fitness as always. I am working hard on my game.