Star performers lead the way in World Test Championship 2023-25 action

With the conclusion of the second Test between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in Chattogram, the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) 2023-25 completes an important chapter in its journey.

From the West Indies' heist at The Gabba to India’s brilliant fightback at home against Ben Stokes’ England, the third edition of the World Test Championship (WTC) has already thrown up some tight contests and unexpected results.

At this stage, Rohit Sharma’s India are atop the WTC table with a point percentage of 68.51. Australia and New Zealand are placed second and third place respectively.

With the WTC set to enter a temporary hiatus until after the completion of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup in June, we look at who is leading the way in a host of key statistical categories in this edition of the World Test Championship.

Most Runs

India’s rising star Yashasvi Jaiswal, who made his debut in this cycle of the WTC, leads the runs charts with 1028 runs at an average of 68.53. The majority of runs for the opener came in the five-game Test series against England, in which he scored a whopping 712 runs.

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Close in on the second place is ICC Men’s Test Cricketer of the Year 2023, Usman Khawaja with 943 runs.

England’s Zak Crawley (887 runs) has been impressive in this iteration of the WTC and sits at the third place.

Most runs in WTC 23-25

Yashasvi JaiswalIndia102868.53
Usman KhawajaAustralia94341
Zak CrawleyEngland88746.68
Mitchell MarshAustralia75046.87
Steve SmithAustralia73835.14

Most Wickets

Reigning World Test Championship winners Australia lead the mark when it comes to the highest wicket-takers in this ongoing cycle of Test action.

Pacer Josh Hazlewood is the only player with more than 50 wickets so far. His best figures during this run came in a match-winning 9/79 against the West Indies in Adelaide earlier this year.

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He is followed by fellow Australian fast bowlers Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc, who are evenly placed at 48. Nathan Lyon is fourth, while India’s Ravichandran Ashwin sits at the fifth place.

Most wickets in WTC 23-25

Josh HazlewoodAustralia5120.45
Pat CumminsAustralia4826.2
Mitchell StarcAustralia4828.37
Nathan LyonAustralia4321.79
R AshwinIndia4221.69

Highest Score

Southpaws lead the list when it comes to the highest scores in the championship. At the top is Rachin Ravindra, whose 240 won New Zealand the opening Test against South Africa in Mount Maunganui.

Jaiswal’s sublime back-to-back double tons against England in Vizag and Rajkot occupy second and third places on this list, while Pakistan’s Saud Shakeel and Abdullah Shafique sit at the fourth and fifth place courtesy of their rich returns against Sri Lanka in July 2023.

Highest scores in WTC 23-25

Rachin RavindraNew ZealandSouth Africa240
Yashasvi JaiswalIndiaEngland214*
Yashasvi JaiswalIndiaEngland209
Saud ShakeelPakistanSri Lanka208*
Abdullah ShafiquePakistanSri Lanka201

Best Figures in an innings

Tom Hartley’s stunning 7/62 that helped England beat India in Hyderabad is the best performance by a bowler thus far. Matt Henry’s 7/67 and Shamar Joseph’s 7/68 are the second and third-best efforts. Both of these came against Australia.

While Australia overcame Henry’s brilliance by three wickets, Joseph’s rampage in the fourth innings led to a rare defeat for the Aussies at The Gabba.

Best bowling figures in WTC 23-25

Tom HartleyEnglandIndia7/62
Matt HenryNew ZealandAustralia7/67
Shamar JosephWest IndiesAustralia7/68
Noman AliPakistanSri Lanka7/70
R AshwinIndiaWest Indies7/71

Most Catches by a fielder 

Australia’s Steve Smith has taken some brilliant catches to lead this list, with 26 catches from merely 23 innings. His Ashes rival, Joe Root sits closely behind at 21 catches. Ben Duckett and Agha Salman follow at third and fourth place, whereas six players are tied at the fifth spot.

Most catches in WTC 23-25

Steve SmithAustralia26
Joe RootEngland21
Ben DuckettEngland13
Agha SalmanPakistan11

Highest Totals

In the fourth Ashes Test in Manchester in July 2023, Zak Crawley’s 189 guided England to 592 in merely 107.4 overs. It remains the highest total in this edition of WTC.

In the same month, Pakistan posted 576/5 dec against Sri Lanka, scored at a brisk rate of more than four runs an over. This is the second-highest total this cycle.

In the recently concluded Test between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, the latter posted 531, which was the highest Test innings total without a century. This is the third-highest score of the cycle.

Highest totals in WTC 23-25

EnglandAustralia592July 2023
PakistanSri Lanka576/5 decJuly 2023
Sri LankaBangladesh531March 2024
New ZealandSouth Africa511February 2024
AustraliaPakistan487December 2023
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