DUBAI: Pakistan captain Babar Azam has dropped out of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) top 10 Men’s Test Batting Rankings.
South Africa’s Quinton de Kock has surpassed Babar Azam and entered the top ten list after top-scoring against the West Indies and helping complete a 158-run victory in St Lucia for a 2-0 win in their ICC World Test Championship series.
De Kock’s knock of 96 in the first innings has helped him gain two places and reach 10th position, the first time in 18 months that he is in the top 10. The 28-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman, who has a career-best sixth ranking, was last in the top 10 in December 2019.
Babar Azam now ranks at number 11 with 714 runs. The rest of the list remains unchanged, with Australian Steve Smith still occupying the first position.
The list also includes three Indian batsmen, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, and Rohit Sharma at numbers 4, 6, and 7 respectively. The top 10 Test ranking also includes batsmen from England, New Zealand, and Australia.
Another left-hander progressing in the latest weekly update is Dean Elgar, up one place to 19th after setting the platform for the win with a knock of 77. Rassie van der Dussen has rocketed 31 places to 43rd position after notching an unbeaten 75 in the second innings.
— ICC (@ICC) June 23, 2021