New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson has managed to attain his best ever-rating points by a New Zealand player after his brilliant 238-run knock in the second Test against Pakistan. He has managed to has also consolidated his position at the top of the list of batsmen in the ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings. Australia batsman Steve Smith, who made a roaring comeback to form in the Pink Test against India, has leapfrogged Indian skipper Virat Kohli to the second position after scores of 131 and 81.
Cheteshwar Pujara’s knocks of 50 and 77 helped him to reach the 8th place from the 10th position and Rishabh Pant’s scores of 36 and 97 have helped him to take a leap of 19 places to reach the 26th position. Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin also manage to take leaps of several positions, as has Shubman Gill.
Williamson has reached 919 rating points, bettering his own mark of 915 in December 2018. Richard Hadlee is the only other Kiwi player to go past the 900-point mark, reaching a career-high 909 rating points in bowling in December 1985. Azhar Ali’s knocks of 93 and 37 have helped him advance seven positions to 18th place and his compatriot Mohammad Rizwan’s first-innings half-century has helped him gain 10 places to reach 37th position.
The drawn Sydney Test saw Marnus Labuschagne also managed to maintain his fourth position with a career-best 866 rating points after scores of 91 and 73 while fast bowler Josh Hazlewood has gained three places to reach the fifth position with four wickets in the match.
In other movements for New Zealand cricketers, Henry Nicholls has gained three places to reach ninth among batsmen after his knock of 157 while young pacer, Kyle Jamieson’s match haul of 11-117 has lifted him seven places to a career-best 21st place. With 36 Test wickets already under his belt, Jamieson is also fifth among all-rounders after only six Tests.