ICC rankings: Williamson equals Kohli, Smith remains on top

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has moved up one place to joint second place with his Indian counterpart Virat Kohli in the latest rankings of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Test batsmen released on Monday.

ICC rankings Williamson equals Kohli, Smith 

On the other hand, West Indies captain Jason Holder, who performed poorly during the innings and 134 runs in the first Test against New Zealand, lost his top spot in the ICC list of Test all-rounders to England star Ben Stokes.

Australia’s star batsman Steve Smith leads the list of Test batsmen with 911 points. Williamson scored a double century during a win against the West Indies at Hamilton. According to the ICC statement, Cheteshwar Pujara of India is placed seventh in the batsmen’s list ahead of Stokes (eighth) while England captain Joe Root is in ninth place.

New Zealand opener Tom Latham enters the top 10, finishing 10th. Ajinkya Rahane is 11th while Mayank Agarwal is 12th. Both have lost one place each. Holder, who failed to take a single wicket despite bowling 31 overs during the New Zealand innings, also failed to bat and played innings of 25 and 08 runs which cost him a loss in the rankings. 

Stokes now leads the all-rounders’ list with 446 points, while Holder is second with 434 points. Ravindra Jadeja of India remains in third place with 397 points. His teammate Ravichandran Ashwin has slipped one place to sixth position. He has 281 marks.

In the bowlers’ list, Jasprit Bumrah of India continues in the ninth position, while Ashwin has moved up one place to 11th position. Mohammed Shami (combined 13th), Ishant Sharma (17th) and Jadeja (18th) are also in the top 20. India have to play a four-Test series for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia, which will start in Adelaide from 17 December.