West Indies Captain Jason Holder has ended 2018 as the number two-ranked all-rounder in Tests and in the top ten of the bowlers rankings.
In the latest rankings announced on Monday, Dec, 31, 2018 by the International Cricket Council (ICC), Holder has risen two places in the bowlers rankings to l0, ensuring he heads into the New Year rated among the elite bowlers in the longest format.
As a result of his progress, he also jumped two places in the all-rounders rankings, and is only now behind Bangladesh captain Shakib-al-Hassan.
His rise comes despite missing the recent tour of Bangladesh through injury.
Holder had an outstanding year with the ball, claiming 33 wickets from six Tests at an amazing average if 11.87 — the best by any bowler in any calendar year for the last hundred years.
Holder, 27, fast bowler picked up 12 wickets during Sri Lanka’s three-Test tour of the Caribbean and followed up with 16 wickets in a two-Test homes series against Bangladesh.
However, Holder was forced out of the return Bangladesh series with a shoulder injury.
He is one of two West Indies players in the top 20 of the bowlers rankings, with fast bowler Shannon Gabriel unmoved at 13th.
Medium fast bowler Kemar Roach is the next best ranked Caribbean bowler at 24th with leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo at 35th.