Babar Azam, Pakistan’s all-format captain, has moved up two spots in the International Cricket Council’s Test batting rankings following a respectable performance in the first Test against the West Indies. After scoring a half-century in the second innings of the match, Babar has moved up from tenth to eighth in the batting order.
Virat Kohli, the Indian captain, and Babar are the only two players in the world to be ranked among the top 10 batsmen across all forms, with Babar being the other. Babar is ranked first in one-day internationals, second in Twenty20 internationals, and eighth in Tests, while Kohli is placed second in one-day internationals, fifth in Twenty20 internationals, and fifth in Tests.
Following a strong performance, Pakistan’s middle-order batsman, Fawad Alam, and all-rounder, Faheem Ashraf, have both seen their positions in the rankings rise. Both batsmen have moved up four spots in the rankings, with Fawad moving up to 55th place and Faheem moving up to 48th place as a result.
Shaheen Afridi, Pakistan’s left-arm pacer, has moved up four places in the Test bowler rankings this season. After taking eight wickets in the first Test match, he has risen to the 18th position in the world rankings. Hasan Ali and Mohammad Abbas, both fast bowlers, are ranked 15th and 17th in the world, respectively.
Because to his outstanding performance in the ongoing Test series against India, England’s Test captain, Joe Root, has also risen three spots to become the world’s second-ranked cricketer, surpassing all previous records. In the four innings he has played so far in the series, Root has struck two hundred and one-half-century for the England team.
After another five-wicket haul in the second Test against India, England’s experienced fast bowler, James Anderson, has now moved up two places to sixth in the Test bowler rankings.
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