Yasir Shah climbs to the top of ICC Test bowler rankings
Wrist spinner Yasir Shah has become the number-one ranked Test bowler in the world after he bowled Pakistan to a 75-run victory over England in the first Test at Lord’s on Sunday.
Yasir is the first Pakistan bowler to top the rankings since Mushtaq Ahmed achieved the distinction in December 1996. Shane Warne was the last wrist spinner to surge to the number-one position in December 2005.
Yasir, who returned figures of six for 72 and four for 69, has leapfrogged India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, and England’s fast bowling pair of James Anderson (who missed the Test due to an injury) and Stuart Broad into the top spot after his performance earned him 32 points.
Yasir won the player of the match award in his first Test outside Asia and now leads Ashwin by seven points and Anderson by 10 points. The 30-year-old looks strong to gain further points and create more daylight between him and the rest of the pack as he is still in the qualification period. A bowler qualifies for a full rating after he has taken 100 wickets, while Yasir has so far claimed 86 wickets in 13 Tests.
England’s Chris Woakes has also made an impressive gain in the latest MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers. Woakes recorded match figures of 11 for 102 for which he has earned a jump of 28 places that has put him in a career-high 36th position.
Pakistan’s Rahat Ali, who took four wickets in the match, has also achieved a career-high ranking of 32nd after jumping three places, while Mohammad Amir has returned to the rankings just inside the top 100 in 93rdposition.
There was more good news for Pakistan when its middle-order batsman Asad Shafiq also achieved a career-high ranking in the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen.
Asad scored 73 and 49 for which he has been rewarded with a jump of two places that has put him in 11th spot. Asad now has a top 10 place firmly within his sights as he trails 10th ranked Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews by seven points.
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq, who scored his 10th Test century while scoring 114 in the first innings, has moved up one place to ninth, and wicketkeeper/batsman Sarfraz Ahmed has gained two places and is now in 17th position.
For England, Jonny Bairstow and Gary Balance have improved their rankings. Bairstow is now on a career-high 16th position after moving up two places, while Balance is in 40th position having risen two places.
The second Test begins at Old Trafford on Friday, 22 July.
MRF ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 18 July, after Lord’s Test)
Batsmen (top 10)
Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Ave HS Rating
1 ( - ) Steve Smith Aus 925 60.18 936 v Eng at Lord's 2015
2 ( - ) Kane Williamson NZ 868 49.23 893 v Aus at Perth 2015
3 ( - ) Hashim Amla SA 860 51.45 907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013
4 ( - ) Joe Root Eng 820 52.20 917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015
5 (+1) AB de Villiers SA 818 50.46 935 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2014
6= (-1) Younus Khan Pak 811 53.64 880 v SL at Lahore 2009
(+1) Adam Voges Aus 811*! 95.50 811 v NZ at Christchurch 2016
8 ( - ) David Warner Aus 800 50.06 880 v NZ at Perth 2015
9 (+1) Misbah-ul-Haq Pak 786 49.07 842 v NZ at Abu Dhabi 2014
10 (-1) Angelo Mathews SL 765 48.70 877 v NZ at Christchurch 2014
Bowlers (top 10)
Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Avge HS Rating
1 (+3) Yasir Shah Pak 878*! 23.00 878 v Eng at Lord's 2016
2 ( - ) R. Ashwin Ind 871! 25.39 871 v SA at Delhi 2015
3 (-2) James Anderson Eng 868 28.33 884 v SL at Durham 2016
4 (-1) Stuart Broad Eng 859 28.34 880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016
5 ( - ) Dale Steyn SA 841 22.53 909 v WI at Centurion 2014
6 ( - ) Ravindra Jadeja Ind 789*! 23.76 789 v SA at Delhi 2015
7 ( - ) Trent Boult NZ 757 29.14 825 v Eng at Lord's 2015
8 ( - ) Josh Hazlewood Aus 741* 25.77 792 v WI at Hobart 2015
9 ( - ) Morne Morkel SA 724 29.33 776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011
10 ( - ) Vernon Philander SA 717 22.08 912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013