Joe Root

Breaking: Joe Root dethrones Marnus Labuschagne; becomes the new ICC #1 Test batter

One of England’s absolute best Joe Root has become the new World No.1 Test batter as per the latest ICC rankings. Root dethrones Australian Marnus Labuschagne who had occupied the top spot for over six months.

As per the latest rankings released by the International Cricket Council (ICC), Joe Root has jumped five places in the batters’ chart and has become the World No.1 in the purest format with rating points of 887. However, after occupying the top three places a previous week ago, there is only one Australian batter on the podium places now. Former World No.1 Marnus Labuschagne has lost two places and is now the World No.3 with 877 ratings as Kane Williamson moves to the second with 6 ratings better.

Joe Root had an exceptional start to the Ashes. The right-hander smashed a fantastic 118 runs off 152 balls in the first innings. In the second innings, Root played a quickfire innings. He scored 46 runs off 55 deliveries. While his opposite number Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne had a golden duck in the first innings. Marnus had a decent show in the innings; scoring 13 runs off 15 balls.

In other news, Team India’s star spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has occupied the top spot among the bowler’s rankings. The off-spinner who missed the World Test Championship Final has garnered 860 ratings. Ravindra Jadeja, one of Team India’s premier all-rounders is ranked the World No.1 all-rounder with 434 ratings.

Additionally, Team India’s keeper-batter Rishabh Pant is the only Indian in the top 10 rankings for batsmen. In the bowler’s rankings, Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja have occupied the 8th and 9th positions respectively.