DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, (CMC) – Three West Indies cricketers have climbed to new highs in the Reliance ICC player rankings released yesterday.
Pacer Kemar Roach has broken into the top ten for the first time while spinner Sulieman Benn and batsman Kraigg Brathwaite have achieved their highest ranking to date.
The three Barbadian players were the biggest movers in the latest rankings released after West Indies thrashed Bangladesh by 10 wickets in the first Test in St Vincent on Tuesday.
Roach has earned 17 rating points for his match figures of five for 95 that has moved him one place to 10th.
Benn gained the most with a jump of six places that has put him in 24th position, his highest ranking to date after returning match figures of seven for 83 in the first Test.
Shannon Gabriel has also shown improvement on the table climbing up six spots to occupy 60th place following his three for 75 in the match.
The Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen have seen West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite on the charge.
Brathwaite scored 212 in the West Indies’ first-innings score of 484 for seven declared, which has allowed him to vault 18 places to a career-high 48th position
Meantime the Bangladesh captain, Mushfiqur Rahim, followed up his 48 not out in the first innings with 116 that lifted him eight spots to 30th.
He is now the highest-ranked Bangladesh batsman, followed by Tamim Iqbal in 44th place.
West Indies middle order batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who scored 85 not out in his only innings, remains the highest-ranked batsman from either side, having moved up a spot to fifth.
He now trails second-ranked AB de Villiers by 21 ratings points.
Chanderpaul can move further up the order depending how he performs in the second Test which starts in St Lucia tomorrow.