Kane Williamson, who has recently led his side to a Test victory over Pakistan, has ended the year 2020 as the world number one batsman leaving behind Virat Kohli and Steve Smith to end the year as the number 2 and number 3 batsmen respectively. Williamson hasn’t topped the Test batting charts since 2015.
In the bowling department, Pat Cummins finished the year as the world’s best Test bowler while Ben Stokes ended the year as the best all-rounder in Tests.
Kane Williamson goes past Kohli, Smith
In the recently concluded whitewash against West Indies, Kane Williamson had scored his highest Test score, 251. Then after the paternity leave for the second Test, he came back and once again scored a winning century in his teams tense win against Pakistan in the two-match Test series. The performances have been rewarded as Williamson ended the year 2020 as the number one ranked Test player.
Virat Kohli finished the year as world number two while Steve Smith ended as world number three batsman.
Earlier, Smith was the top-ranked batsman but after his consecutive failures in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar trophy against India, he slipped to number three spot. Kohli meanwhile, stayed at the number two spot after hitting a half-century in the Adelaide day-night Test.
Top five Test batsmen
- Kane Williamson
- Virat Kohli
- Steve Smith
- Marnus Labuschagne
- Babar Azam
Pat Cummins leads the bowlers chart
In the bowling category, Pat Cummins leads the bowling charts with a good margin. Stuart Broad, who finished the year as the number two bowler, is way down then Cummins. While Neil Wagner and Tim Southee also gained rankings after good bowling performance against Pakistan.
Top five Test bowlers
- Pat Cummins
- Stuart Broad
- Neil Wagner
- Tim Southee
- Mitchell Starc
Ben Stokes, the all-rounder maestro
Ben Stokes has finished the year as the best all-rounder while Jason Holder and Ravindra Jadeja followed him as the number two and number three Test all-rounders.
Top five Test all-rounders
- Ben Stokes
- Jason Holder
- Ravindra Jadeja
- Shakib Al Hasan
- Mitchell Starc