ICC rankings say I’m the No. 1 ranked all-rounder: Holder on Stokes battle
England-West Indies series, which is scheduled to start today (July 8) at noon, has a special significance for the captains of the two teams. West Indies captain Jason Holder and England captain Ben Stokes also have a silent battle for the best all-rounder spot in Tests.
Jason Holder has been at the top of the Test all-rounders’ rankings for the past 18 months. On the other hand, in these 18 months, Ben Stokes has gradually risen to the second place in the ranking. The rating difference between the two is still 66. However, Stokes has a chance to close the gap in the three matches of the current series. Holders can also increase his rating.
However, the Caribbean captain thinks that the way everyone talks about Stokes on the all-rounder’s question is not so much about himself. Holder also complained that he did not get the respect he deserved from the top of the ICC rankings.
“I don’t really like to get into these personal accolades or ICC rankings,” Holder said ahead of Wednesday’s first Test between the sides at the Ageas Bowl.
“Ben has always been talked up and quite rightfully so, he’s a really good cricketer, but the ICC rankings say that I’m the No. 1 ranked all-rounder and maybe don’t get as much credit as probably I deserve, who knows?
“I don’t get caught up with it to be honest. Journalists are there to write their stories, I am merely here to play cricket. It’s always a good battle on the field when you face competitors like Stokesy, face competitors around the world.”
Holder has played 40 Tests so far in his Test career, while Stokes has played 63 matches. Holder has scored 1898 runs at an average of 32.72 with the bat, while Stokes has 4056 runs at an average of 36.54. Holder also took 106 wickets at an average of 26.37 and Stokes took 147 wickets at an average of 32.68.