James Anderson as No.1 bowler at the age of 41… Ashwin, Jadeja Hawa in ICC rankings…


First Published Feb 22, 2023, 2:13 PM IST

Playing cricket after the age of 35 is not a common thing. Batting and spin bowling means you can push something but fast bowling is very difficult. That is why many of the legendary fast bowlers retired after crossing 35 years. But proving that all these are just myths, England’s veteran fast bowler James Anderson is giving a great bowling performance even at the age of 40.

James Anderson, who took 7 wickets in the first Test against England, wrote a new history as the first bowler to take a Test wicket every year for 21 consecutive years. With this performance, James Anderson has risen to the top spot in the rankings of Test bowlers…

Australia’s fast bowler, Test captain Pat Cummins, who was the ICC’s No.1 Test bowler for four years and 1466 days, had to bow down to the onslaught of Jimmy. Besides, Pat Cummins’ complete failure as a bowler in the first two Tests of the Border Gavaskar Trophy came together well for Anderson…

James Anderson is the No. 1 Test bowler with 866 points while Ravichandran Ashwin has climbed to the second position. Currently there is only 2 points difference between James Anderson and Ravichandran Ashwin. If Ashwin does well in the Test at Indore, he can be the No.1 Test bowler… but Ravichandran Ashwin should be able to take more wickets than James Anderson in the second Test against New Zealand. Then he stands as Test No.1 bowler.

India’s star pacer Jasprit Bumrah, who missed the Border Gavaskar Trophy due to injury, is in the top 5 while Ravindra Jadeja, who has taken 17 wickets in two Tests, has entered the top 9. While Ravindra Jadeja continues to hold the top spot in the Test all-rounders rankings, Ravichandran Ashwin is in second place. Akshar Patel, who scored two half-centuries in both Tests in the Border Gavaskar Trophy, climbed to the top 5 in the rankings of Test all-rounders.

No major changes have taken place in the rankings of Test batsmen. Rishabh Pant, who missed the Test series due to injury, is at number six. Rohit Sharma continues at the seventh position.

Marnus Labushane and Steve Smith, who lost some rating points after failing in the first two tests, managed to retain the top 1 and 2 positions. If Steve Smith fails in the remaining two Tests, Babar Azam will move into the top 2.

If Mohammad Siraj is at the top in the ODI bowler rankings, Shubman Gill is at 6th, Virat Kohli is at 7th and Rohit Sharma is at 9th position in the ODI batsmen’s rankings. Suryakumar Yadav continues to be at the top in T20s.

Last Updated Feb 22, 2023, 2:13 PM IST


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