Shakib closes in on Jadeja on latest Test all-rounder rankings

Bangladesh captain Shakib al Hasan is closer to reclaiming his crown as the best all-rounder in test cricket by jumping to second place on the latest list of ICC MRF Tires Test Player Rankings.

Shakib has moved up two places to second in the latest all-rounder rankings released by the ICC on Wednesday, with Indian left-hander Ravindra Jadeja as the only player ahead of him.

Shakib has featured for Bangladesh in the ongoing Test series against the West Indies in the Caribbean and the 35-year-old put in a great performance with the bat in particular in the first Test of the two-game series.

The Bangladesh skipper scored the highest score in the first innings with a stylish 51 and backed it up in the second innings with an even more impressive knock of 63 that forced the West Indies to hit a second time.

If Shakib were to regain the top spot for all-rounders, it would be a huge turning point for one of Bangladesh’s greatest players of all time.

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Shakib first claimed the top spot for Test all-rounders in December 2011 and has maintained his top spot ever since despite some concerns about injury late in his career.

He is currently rated at 346 points, but has a long way to go if he is to overtake Jadeja at the head of the proceedings, who has an excellent 385 rating points.

Shakib also rose 14 places to 32nd in the latest Test rankings, with new No. 1 Joe Root retaining the top spot after his exploits against New Zealand earlier this month.

West Indian fast Kemar Roach also made his place on the updated list for bowlers, with the veteran right-armer jumping four places to eighth after an impressive display against Bangladesh.

Roach took seven wickets in the first Test and was rightfully named Player of the Match for his efforts and that translated into a huge top 10 spike for bowlers.

The 33-year-old advanced for New Zealand duo Neil Wagner and Trent Boult and Australian duo Josh Hazelwood and Mitchell Starc, with Pat Cummins still rated as the highest-ranked bowler on the latter rankings.

There was also some movement in the latest set of T20 rankings, with a large number of players from India making huge strides after their recently completed series against South Africa, which ended in two games apiece.

Veteran Dinesh Karthik jumped a whopping 108 spots to 87th in the batter’s rankings, but even more striking was the move into the top 10 by young opener Ishan Kishan.

Kishan closed the series with two half-centuries and as the leading points scorer with 206 runs at an average of 41 and that form, the left-hander catapulted a spot into sixth in the final batters’ table.

Pakistani skipper Babar Azam still has the highest score in the T20 rankings, but Kishan is the only Indian player to be in the top 10.

Yuzvendra Chahal was the biggest mover in the T20 bowler rankings, with the Indian spinner jumping three places to 23rd after taking six wickets in the South African series.

Hazlewood maintains his position as the top-ranked T20 bowler, with Afghan spinner Rashid Khan (match third) and Sri Lanka tweaker Wanindu Hasaranga (sixth) both rising a place in the top 10.

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