Babar – the No. 1 batter in ODIs and T20Is – moved to No. 3 in Tests for the first time in his 41-match career in the latest update of the ICC rankings. He has gone past Steven Smith after posting scores of 119 and 55 in the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle. Joe Root and Marnus Labuschagne remain one and two on the table, with Rishabh Pant at No. 5.
Shafique, meanwhile, jumped 23 spots to No. 16 after his fourth-innings 160 earned Pakistan a win on the final day of that Test. Shafique has now amassed 720 runs in his first six Tests and is currently on 671 rating points, which has historically been topped only by Sunil Gavaskar (692) and Don Bradman (687) after their first six Tests.
Jayasuriya’s 21 wickets in his first two Tests – the joint-third-highest by any spinner after two Test matches – has taken him to the 44th position among Test bowlers. Jayasuriya’s 481 rating points is also the fourth-highest in the history of the ICC Test bowlers’ rankings for bowlers after two Tests. Only Narendra Hirwani (519) – the record holder for most Test wickets after two matches, Alec Bedser (500) and Bob Massie (494) have earned more rating points, historically, after their first two Tests.
Current top three in every format
Tests: 1 Joe Root, 2 Marnus Labuschagne, 3 Babar Azam.
ODIs: 1 Babar Azam, 2 Imam-ul-Haq, 3 Rassie van der Dussen.
T20Is: 1 Babar Azam, 2 Mohammad Rizwan, 3 Aiden Markram.
Tests: 1 Pat Cummins, 2 R Ashwin, 3 Shaheen Shah Afridi.
ODIs: 1 Trent Boult, 2 Jasprit Bumrah, 3 Shaheen Shah Afridi.
T20Is:1 Josh Hazlewood, 2 Adil Rashid, 3 Tabraiz Shamsi.
Tests: 1 Ravindra Jadeja, 2 R Ashwin, 3 Shakib Al Hasan.
ODIs: 1 Shakib Al Hasan, 2 Mohammad Nabi, 3 Rashid Khan.
T20Is: 1 Mohammad Nabi, 2 Shakib Al Hasan, 3 Moeen Ali.
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