On Wednesday, English fast bowler James Anderson has now become the number 1 bowler in the latest Test bowling rankings released by the International Cricket Board. At the same time, Aussies skipper Pat Cummins has slipped to the number 3 position and his streak of 1,466 days as the number one ranked test bowler ends.
International Cricket Board released the latest rankings of players in Test format on 22 February. One of the major changes in the latest rankings for Test bowlers was the rise of 40-year-old James Anderson to the number-one position. With this, Anderson also broke an 87-year-old record, in which he became the oldest player to have secured the first position in the bowling rankings.
Before James Anderson, this record was in the name of former Australian veteran player Clarrie Grimmett, who became the oldest number-one-ranked player in the year 1936. On the other hand, talking about the latest International Cricket Board rankings. 29-year-old Pat Cummins now has 858 rating points, while Indian spin bowler Ravichandran Ashwin is still in second place in the rankings with 864 rating points.
On the other hand, Ravindra Jadeja, who performed brilliantly with the ball in the first 2 Tests against Australia, has jumped 7 places in the Test bowling rankings and has now reached a straight 9th position with 763 points.
If we look at the latest ranking of all-rounder players in Test format, then 3 of the top-5 Indian players are ruling the ranking chart. While Ravindra Jadeja retained the first position with 460 rating points, Ravichandran Ashwin retained his second position with 376 rating points. Apart from this, Axar Patel, who performed brilliantly with the bat in the first 2 matches of the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia, has now reached the 5th position. The left-handed all-rounder Axar Patel has jumped 2 places and has now secured 5th position with 263 rating points.