ICC Test rankings – Babar Azam rises to No. 3 on Test batters’ table, in sight of top spot in all three formats now

Babar Azam is currently the only top three batter in the ICC rankings in any form of international cricket, while Abdullah Shafique has reached heights previously only achieved by two of Test cricket’s best hitters.

Babar – the No. 1 batter in ODIs and T20Is – has moved to No. 3 in Tests for the first time in his career from 41 games in the latest update of the ICC rankings. He has passed Steven Smith after posting scores of 119 and 55 in the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle. Joe Root and Marnus Labuschagne remain one and two on the table, with Rishabh Pant at number 5.

Shafique, meanwhile, jumped 23 places to No. 16 after his fourth-inning 160 earned Pakistan a victory on the final day of that Test. Shafique has now amassed 720 runs in his first six tests and is currently at 671 rating points, having historically been surpassed only by Sunil Gavaskar (692) and Don Bradman (687) after their first six tests.

Shaheen Shah Afridi also climbed a spot to number 3 on the Test bowlers’ table on the back of his four-wicket haul in the first innings of the first Test. He is also No. 3 among ODI bowlers.

Jayasuriya’s 21 wickets in his first two Tests – the joint-third highest by any spinner after two Test matches – have lifted him to 44th position among Test bowlers. Jayasuriya’s 481 rating points is also the fourth highest in the history of the ICC Test bowlers’ rankings for bowlers after two Tests. Only Narendra Hirwani (519) – the record holder for most Test wickets after two matches, Alec Bedser (500) and Bob Massie (494) have historically earned more rating points after their first two Tests.

Chandimal’s scores of 76 and an unbeaten 94 in Sri Lanka’s defeat in Galle pushed him into the top 20 of the batter’s table. He is now at number 18. Kusal Mendis, now at number 47, and Oshada Fernando, now at 58, have also risen.
In the ODI rankings, Quinton de Kock’s unbeaten 92 in the washed-out ODI final between England and South Africa has seen him rise two places, past both Virat Kohli (fifth) and Rohit Sharma (sixth) to the number 4 position. Shikhar Dhawan has moved up to joint 13th place in the ODI batting ranking after his match-winning 97 in the first match against the West Indies. Shreyas Iyer has also jumped 20 places to number 54 on the back of his twin fifties in the first two ODIs.
For the West Indies, Shai Hope – who became the tenth player to score a century in their 100th ODI outing in the second ODI – is now on the cusp of breaking into the top ten and moving three places to number 12. Alzarri Joseph has climbed to 16th in the ODI bowler rankings after taking two wickets apiece in the first two ODIs.
In the T20I ranking, Glenn Phillips saw Ireland vs. New Zealand move into a tie for 27th batters after his Player-of-the-Series appearance in the three-match series. Lockie Ferguson moved up to 35th in the bowler’s rankings, while Mark Adair (43rd) and Josh Little (44th) also won.

Current top three in any format

Tasting: 1 Joe Root, 2 Marnus Labuschagne, 3 Babar Azam.
ODIs: 1 Babar Azam, 2 Imam-ul-Haq, 3 Rassie van der Dussen.
T20Is: 1 Babar Azam, 2 Mohammad Rizwan, 3 Aiden Markram.

Tests: 1 Pat Cummins, 2 R Ashwin, 3 Shaheen Shah Afridi.
ODIs: 1 Trent Boult, 2 Jasprit Bumrah, 3 Shaheen Shah Afridi.
T20Is:1 Josh Hazlewood, 2 Adil Rashid, 3 Tabraiz Shamsi.

Tasting: 1 Ravindra Jadeja, 2 R Ashwin, 3 Shakib Al Hasan.
ODIs: 1 Shakib Al Hasan, 2 Mohammad Nabi, 3 Rashid Khan.
T20Is: 1 Mohammad Nabi, 2 Shakib Al Hasan, 3 Moeen Ali.

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