New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson has overtaken Steve Smith and Virat Kohli and has climbed to the top spot in ICC Test Batsman's Rankings. Williamson, who was the player of the match in the first Test against Pakistan, has become no. 1 for the second time in his career. Previously, he had occupied the spot in 2015, but since then, Kohli and Smith have been no. 1. Read more – Gill and Rahane played more pull shots than us: Ricky Ponting criticizes Australian batsmen
Williamson gained 13 ratings after his stellar batting show as he scored 129 and 21 in the first Test. He is now 13 ratings ahead of Smith and 11 ahead of Kohli. Steve Smith performed poorly in the ongoing Test series against India, while Virat Kohli is on paternity leave as he is expecting the birth of his first child.
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During the second Test at Melbourne, Ajinkya Rahane, who led India in the absence of Kohli, scored a magnificent century to help his team defeat Australia by 8 wickets. Based on his performance, he has advanced five places to move to no. 6. His career-best was no. 5, which he attained in October 2019.
On the other hand, India's Ravichandran Ashwin has moved to no. 7, while pacer Jasprit Bumrah has moved to no. 9 in ICC Test Bowler's Rankings. With regards to the all-rounders, Ravindra Jadeja, who made a huge impact with both, bat and ball has climbed 11 spots to reach no. 36 in batting and climbed four places to reach no. 14 in batting. He has retained his no. 3 place in ICC All-Rounder's Rankings.
South Africa's Faf du Plessis, who got out unfortunately on 199, has gained 14 places to reach 21.
Sri Lanka's Dinesh Chandimal scored 85 and 25 in the first Test against South Africa and has moved to the 38th spot.