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.
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.
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.