40-year-old James Anderson becomes Test’s number-1 bowler
Ravindra Jadeja also returned to the top-10
Akshar Patel moves up in all-rounder’s rankings
New Delhi. As the age of England fast bowler James Anderson is increasing, his bowling is getting better. Anderson has also got the benefit of this. Anderson has become the world’s number-1 bowler, leaving behind Pat Cummins in the latest ICC bowlers’ Test rankings. Anderson has done this feat at the age of 40 years 207 days. Anderson is the oldest bowler to achieve the top ranking since former Australian fast bowler Clarrie Grimmett in 1936. Anderson took 7 wickets in the Test against New Zealand last week and England won the match by 267 runs. Cummins has lost two places and has come at the third position.
Indian off-spinner R Ashwin is in second place. Apart from Ashwin, India’s Ravindra Jadeja and Akshar Patel have also benefited in the latest ICC rankings. These players have performed brilliantly so far in the Test series against Australia. This is the sixth time when James Anderson has become the number-1 bowler of the Test.
Anderson became the best in Test for the first time in 2016. Then he achieved this position leaving behind Stuart Broad and R Ashwin. After this, in 2018, Anderson was the top Test bowler. He is only behind Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne in terms of taking the most wickets in Tests.
At the same time, Ravindra Jadeja continues to top the all-rounder’s ranking. Also, he has joined the top-10 in the Test rankings of bowlers. Jadeja is at the 9th position. Jasprit Bumrah remains at the fifth position. Akshar Patel has also benefited in the test rankings of all-rounders.
FIRST PUBLISHED : February 22, 2023, 14:45 IST