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Gabriel And Holder Climb ICC Rankings

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West Indies fast bowlers Shannon Gabriel and Jason Holder have attained career-best rankings following the West Indies 106 run win over Pakistan in the 2nd test which ended on Thursday at the Kensington Oval in Barbados.

Gabriel’s nine-wicket match haul, which included a crucial 5-11 that helped dismiss Pakistan for only 81 in their second innings, enabled him to move into the top-20, rising 14 places up to 19th position. Holder’s three wickets in each innings saw him move 12 places up to 40th in the rankings.

He told reporters,  the team has been working hard, and it was sheer team effort that has brought them success.

“Since coming through from Under-19s, I’ve been working with Kelvin so I must give thanks to him and thanks to the Almighty Father, thanks to Ronald Rogers (trainer) and thanks to Roddy Estwick (Windies bowling coach) for the advice and the help for getting me here and I we can continue to work together as one moving forward,” said Gabriel.

The West Indies captain has also moved up five positions to 11th in the list of all-rounders led by Bangladesh’s Shakib al Hasan.

The 29-year-old Gabriel pointed to Holder’s captaincy as key in the team’s success.

“Jason is a good captain. He’s learning and improving a lot.”

Nigel Belle, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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