After the latest update to the Test rankings by the International Cricket Council (ICC), Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam fell from second to third place, behind Steve Smith.
Steve Smith’s 85-run performance in the second Test against South Africa allowed him to surpass Babar Azam by a single place point.
Babar Azam’s first innings 161 against New Zealand in the first Test was not enough to keep him in second position.
After scoring a double century against Pakistan, former New Zealand captain Kane Williamson moved up two spots to sixth.
Rishabh Pant, the Indian wicket-keeper who was involved in a vehicle accident last week, fell from sixth to seventh but is still India’s best hitter according to the ICC.
Despite not playing in the Test series against England and New Zealand, Shaheen Shah Afridi maintained his seventh spot in the bowlers’ rankings.