Babar Azam is the only batter in the top three of the ICC rankings in every international cricket format right now, and Abdullah Shafique has reached heights that had previously only been attained by two of the best batters in Test cricket.
In the most recent ICC rankings, Babar—the top batter in ODIs and T20Is—moved down to No. 3 in Tests for the first time in his 41-match career. After recording scores of 119 and 55 in the first Test match against Sri Lanka in Galle, he has surpassed Steven Smith. Rishabh Pant is ranked fifth, while Joe Root and Marnus Labuschagne are still the top two players on the board.
Jayasuriya has moved up to the 44th spot among Test bowlers thanks to his 21 wickets in his first two Tests, which are the joint-third-most by any spinner after two Test matches. In addition, Jayasuriya’s 481 rating points rank fourth among bowlers who have played two Tests in the ICC Test bowlers rankings. Only three players historically have amassed more rating points after their first two Tests: Narendra Hirwani (519), who holds the record for the most Test wickets after two games, Alec Bedser (500), and Bob Massie (494)
Chandimal moved into the top 20 of the batters’ table with his scores of 76 and an unbeaten 94 in Sri Lanka’s defeat at Galle. He’s now ranked 18th. Oshada Fernando, who is now 58th, and Kusal Mendis, who is now 47th, have both advanced.
Quinton de Kock moved up two spots in the ODI rankings as a result of his unbeaten 92 in the washed-out last ODI against England and South Africa, passing both Virat Kohli (fifth) and Rohit Sharma (sixth) to take the No. 4 spot. After scoring a match-winning 97 in the opening match against the West Indies, Shikhar Dhawan has climbed to joint 13th in the ODI batting rankings. In addition, Shreyas Iyer rose 20 spots to No. 54 thanks to his
Shai Hope of the West Indies is on the verge of breaking into the top ten after moving up three ranks to No. 12 in the second ODI to become the tenth player to score a century in their 100th ODI outing. Alzarri Joseph has risen to 16th place among bowlers in the ODI rankings after taking two wickets in each of the first two matches.
Following his Player-of-the-Series performance in the three-match series between Ireland and New Zealand, Glenn Phillips has moved up to joint-27th among batters in the T20I rankings. Mark Adair (43rd) and Josh Little (44th) also advanced in the bowlers’ rankings, while Lockie Ferguson rose to the 35th spot.
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.Bowlers
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.