Hours after bowling Pakistan to a historic 75-run victory in the first Test match against England at Lord’s, double delight was in store for leg-spinner Yasir Shah as he displaced incumbent England pacer James Anderson as the new top-ranked Test bowler in the latest rankings issued by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
Yasir finished with match figures of 10-141 (6 for 72 and 4 for 69 respectively) as the tourists beat England by 75 runs to register their first win at Lord’s in 20 years and take 1-0 lead in the four-match series. This was Yasir’s first 10-wicket haul in Tests and he has now taken 86 wickets from just 13 Tests. Yasir now has the chance to become the fastest bowler to take 100 Test wickets by surpassing England’s George Lohmann’s record who reached the triple-figure mark in his 16th Test, back in 1896.
Yasir becomes the first Pakistan bowler to occupy the top spot in ICC Test rankings since Mushtaq Ahmed, the former leg-spinner and current bowling coach of the team, achieved the distinction in December, 1996.
Yasir came into the Lord’s Test at fourth position, behind Anderson, India’s Ravichandran Ashwin and England’s Stuart Broad. With Anderson missing the first game due to a shoulder injury, Yasir gained 32 points to displace the England pace spearhead at the top of the table. Yasir has logged in 878 points and is closely followed by Ashwin, who has 871 while Anderson has 868 points with Broad coming in fourth with 859 points.
Steven Smith continues to remain the highest ranked Test batsman with 925 points while Pakistan captain, Misbah-ul-Haq, who scored a century in the first innings at Lord’s, moved up one place to nine. Asad Shafiq, the Pakistan middle-order batsman, also gained two places to move to 11th spot.
Chris Woakes was another significant gainer in the latest rankings. The Warwickshire pacer, who finished with a career-best match haul of 11-102 (6 for 70 and 5 for 32 respectively) jumped 28 places to occupy his career-best 36th position. Jonny Bairstow, wicketkeeper-batsman, gained two places and is now ranked at 16.