Yasir Shah tops ICC Test rankings; first Pakistan bowler to do so after 20 years

Leg-spinner Yasir Shah became the first Pakistani bowler in 20 years to top the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test rankings after his heroics in the Lord's Test victory against England.

Yasir Shah's 10 ten wicket haul helped Pakistan win at Lord's after 20 long years. Getty Images

Yasir Shah's 10 wicket haul helped Pakistan win at Lord's after 20 long years. Getty Images

The 30-year-old, who picked up 10 wickets at Lord's to guide the visitors to a 75-run win in the first Test on Sunday, is followed by Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and the England pace duo James Anderson and Stuart Broad.

Mushtaq Ahmed was the last bowler from Pakistan to top the rankings in December 1996.

Yasir's first innings figures of 6-72 were the best recorded by a visiting spinner against England at Lord's since Sid Pegler's 7-65 for South Africa in 1912.

Anderson, who missed the first Test with a shoulder injury, dropped down to third, according to an ICC statement on Monday.

Australia's Steve Smith maintains his top spot in the Test batsman rankings ahead of New Zealand's Kane Williamson.

Australia and India currently take the top two places in the Test team rankings, while Pakistan and England are third and fourth respectively.


Updated Date: Jul 18, 2016 16:09 PM

Also Watch

Rethinking pornography: Cyber Sexy author Richa Kaul Padte makes the case for decriminalising porn in India
  • Friday, July 27, 2018 First Day First Showsha — Reviewing Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible - Fallout in 10 questions
  • Friday, July 27, 2018 It's a Wrap: Karwaan stars Dulquer Salmaan, Mithila Palkar in conversation with Parul Sharma
  • Friday, July 27, 2018 3 alternatives to WhatsApp | What The App
  • Friday, July 27, 2018 Manika Batra interview: Table Tennis star looks back at Commonwealth Games 2018 success, reveals her diet plan and more

Also See