Test Rankings: Best made on the basis of one test, end of Root’s reign, Virat-Rohit far behind
Australia’s Marnus Labushen becomes number-1 batsman in Test
Can leave Virat Kohli and Viv Richards behind
Only two Indians in the top-10 Test batsmen
New Delhi. Australian batsman Marnus Labushen has become the number-1 batsman of the Test. He is at the first position in the latest ICC Test rankings. With this, the reign of former England captain Joe Root as the number-1 batsman in Tests has come to an end. Root has now come at the fourth position. Australian batsmen dominate the newly released ICC Test rankings. Where Labushen is in the first place. At the same time, Steve Smith is in second place. There are only two Indian batsmen in the top-10. While Rishabh Pant is at the 5th position, Rohit Sharma is at the 9th position. Even though Virat Kohli has gained one place in the latest rankings, but he is far behind the new World No. 1 Labushen.
Marnus Labushen batted brilliantly in the recently concluded Perth Test against the West Indies. He scored 204 runs in the first innings of this Test and 104 runs in the second innings. That is, in this test, a total of 308 runs came out of his bat. He got a big advantage of his two innings played in this one test and he came to the first position from third place. Labushen has become the world’s number-1 batsman with 935 rating points.
After him is Steve Smith. He has 893 marks. Pakistani captain Babar Azam, who scored a century in the Rawalpindi Test against England, has gained one place and has come at number three. He has 879 rating points in his account.
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Along with this, Labushen is just one point behind his career best rating of 936, which he achieved in the Test series against Pakistan this year. Labushen is close to being included in the all-time best top-10 batsmen. If he performs well in the Adelaide Test against the West Indies this week, he can be included in the all-time best top-10 batsmen. He has a chance to leave behind former West Indies batsman Vivian Richards (938 points) and Virat Kohli (937 points). Currently, Labushen is at 12th position in the all-time list while Kohli is at 11th and Richards at 9th position. In this list, former Australian legend Don Bradman is at number one with 961 rating points.
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Tags: ICC Test Rankings, Marnus Labuschagne, Rohit sharma, steve smith, Virat Kohli
FIRST PUBLISHED : December 07, 2022, 15:33 IST
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