Warner & Williamson getting there
Kane Williamson, ever since his burst on the scene, has been one of the biggest breakout stars in history. His consistency is understandable with the class and sheer talent he possesses. After many many years, New Zealand cricket seemed to have found an absolute gem in Kane Williamson, who promises to one day cement his name among the very greatest in the history of the game.
Williamson was the lone warrior in New Zealand’s humbling at the hands of Australia in the first Test, and he partnered Ross Taylor with a wonderful 166 to steer the kiwis to a historic comeback in the second Test. With his recently bright performances in both Perth and Brisbane, and his consistency throughout the last 365 days, it was almost inevitable that Williamson would move up the order in the rankings. Him and Australia’s David Warner have leap frogged a couple places up the rankings, and are now fighting for AB De Villiers place, which is the place for the no.1 batsman in World Cricket.
The ICC has just released its brand new Test rankings on Wednesday. New Zealand’s Kane Williamson, who is currently the top kiwi batsman in the series, moves up three places to tie Steve Smith for second spot. While David Warner on the other hand, climbs up to 5th. With Williamson being only 6 points behind De Villiers, things look super interesting, as both players are currently playing a Test series each.
Williamson’s partner in crime, Ross Taylor, who has just come out of a bad run of form with a stunning double ton to save New Zealand in the second game, has now broken into the top 10. Protean Hashim Amla has been shaky as of late, and his performances in the 2 Tests against India havent been up to the mark. He moves down two places to 6th place.
There was no Indian batsman in the top 10, with Murali Vijay occupying 12th spot. Indian Skipper Virat Kohli needes some catching to do, he’s placed at no.17.
Moving on to the bowlers, Dale Steyn, despite his recent injury setback against India, retains the no.1 spot. James Anderson ties with Pakistan leg spinner Yasir Shah at second posiiton. Mitchell Johnson, who only just hung up his boots, was ranked 9. India’s Ashwin is ranked 5th, while his spin partner Jadeja managed 13 spot.
The rankings for the all-rounders turned out more or less the same. Bangladesh man Shakib Al Hasan stays top, and India’s Ashwin at second. England’s Stuart Broad has been influential with both bat and bowl in the last year or so. He gets the better of protean Vernon Philander for the 3rd spot.