Jason Holder Rises to Top Spot in ICC Rankings After Barbados Heroics

Written by N Krishnamurthy

West Indies captain Jason Holder has risen to the top spot in the ICC Test rankings for all-rounders after his stunning performance in Barbados played a key role in his side’s 381-run win against England. Holder scored his maiden double-century in front of his home crowd, and also picked two wickets in the match, earning him a jump of two spots to the top of the all-rounders’ chart.

Holder became only the third batsman in Test history to register a double hundred from number 8 as he blasted an unbeaten 202 off just 229 deliveries to puncture England’s resistance in the game. He came out to bat at 120 for 6 and stitched together a mammoth unbeaten 295-run stand for the seventh wicket with Shane Dowrich.

He also picked the crucial wickets of Joe Root and Keaton Jennings, and all in all, his all-round rating jumped to a career-best 440 points allowing him to leapfrog Shakib-Al-Hasan and Ravindra Jadeja to the top spot. He also rose sharply in the batting rankings, by a remarkable 25 spots, and now sits comfortably at No.33.

Holder has scored 1761 runs in 63 innings at an average of 33.86, including three hundreds and eight fifties. In addition, he has taken 88 wickets at 28.12 apiece and at a strike rate of 64.8.

Amongst all players/all-rounders who have scored a minimum of 500 runs and picked at least 30 wickets since Holder’s debut (26th June, 2014), Holder’s Batting Average – Bowling Average Differential of 5.74 is the third-highest, only after Shakib and Jadeja. This means he has been the best fast bowling all-rounder in Test cricket in this time-frame, better than the likes of Ben Stokes, Vernon Philander and Chris Woakes among others.


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