The ongoing Ind vs. Eng Test series has shuffled the ICC Test Ranking of many players.
Both Indian and England players made notable gains in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings after fine performances in the fourth Test of their ICC World Test Championship series played at The Oval. Other outstanding performances around the globe have found push in their rankings.
Pope’s first innings knock of 82 has helped him advance nine slots to 49th position among batters while Thakur’s two half-centuries have lifted him a good 59 places to 79th position in the ICC test ranking. Thakur has also moved up seven places to 49th in the bowlers’ list after finishing with four wickets in the match.
Jasprit Bumrah climbed to No. 9 in the latest ICC Test Player Rankings updated on Wednesday, September 8 after his heroics in India’s win over England in the 4th Test of a 5-match series at Oval in London. Bumrah picked up 4 wickers across 2 innings at Oval to take his tally in the series to 18. He is currently at the 2nd spot for the most wickets taken in the series, 3 behind England pacer Ollie Robinson.
India opener Rohit Sharma remains fifth but his match-winning 127 in the second innings sees him increase the lead over captain Virat Kohli from seven to 30 rating points while fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah is up from 10th to ninth after finishing with two wickets in each innings of the match.
Meanwhile, James Anderson has dropped 2 spots to 7th place in the ICC Test Bowling Rankings. On the other hand, Chris Woakes, who picked up 7 wickets on his return to the England Test side, has re-entered the top 10 in ICC All-rounder Rankings. In the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s ODI Player Rankings, South Africa opener Janneman Malan has moved up 31 places to 34th after scoring 162 runs in the three-match ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League series that Sri Lanka won 2-1.
Rohit achieves career-best test rating points
India’s Oval Test hero, Rohit Sharma has, meanwhile, extended lead over captain Virat Kohli. Rohit, who overtook Kohli last week, has reached career-best rating points of 813, 40 points more than the skipper. Rohit hit his maiden overseas hundred in India’s win at the Oval. He is at the 2nd spot in the batting charts this series with 368 runs from 4 Tests.
Only 2 Indian batsmen are in the top 10 of ICC Test Batting Rankings. Rishabh Pant, who dropped out of the top 10 last week, has slipped a spot to 13th place in the latest rankings. Aiden Markram (up to six places to 69th) and Heinrich Klaasen (up to seven places to 70th) are the others from the team to progress among batters. Left-arm spinner Tabraiz Shamsi, who is the top-ranked bowler in T20Is, has moved up nine places to 28th among bowlers.
Sri Lanka’s Avishka Fernando is up 11 places to 41st while Kariyawasa Asalanka’s series topping 196 runs see him shoot up 122 places to 66th position. Wanindu Hasaranga is up three places to 32nd among bowlers.
R Ashwin drops to No. 5 in all-rounder rankings
Meanwhile, R Ashwin continues to be at the 2nd spot on the ICC Test Bowling Rankings. The off-spinner has not played a single Test so far in the 5-match series in England and is unlikely to play the series decider in Manchester from September 10. The India all-rounder has dropped from 4th to 5th in the ICC All-rounder rankings.
Joe Root continues to lead the ICC Test Batting Rankings with 903 points, only 2 more than New Zealand captain Kane Williamson who reached Dubai earlier this week to join Sunrisers Hyderabad for the remainder of the Indian Premier League, starting September 19. Pat Cummins is well ahead of the chasing pack in the ICC Test Bowling Rankings as the Australia pacer holds the top spot with 908 rating points, 76 more than Ashwin. Jason Holder holds the top in the ICC All-rounder Rankings while Ravindra Jadeja is at the 3rd spot.
In the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings, Paul Stirling has gained nine slots to reach 14th place after scoring 234 runs in the five-match series against Zimbabwe, which they won at home. Craig Ervine is another batter to move up the batting rankings, from 128th to 85th. For Bangladesh, spin bowlers Shakib Al Hassan and Mehedi Hasan, who have four wickets each in the first three matches of their ongoing five-match home series against New Zealand, have also progressed. Shakib has gone up from 12th to ninth and Mehedi from 91st to 24th.
ICC Test Batting Rankings (As of September 8, 2021)
1. Joe Root – 903 rating points 2. Kane Williamson – 901 3. Steve Smith – 891 4. Marnus Labuschagne – 878 5. Rohit Sharma – 813 6. Virat Kohli – 783 7. Babar Azam – 749 8. David Warner – 724 9. Quinton de Kock – 717 10. Henry Nicholls – 714
ICC Test Bowling Rankings
1. Pat Cummins – 908 2. R Ashwin – 831 3. Tim Southee – 824 4. Josh Hazlewood – 816 5. Niel Wagner – 810 6. Kagiso Rabada – 798 7. James Anderson – 794 8. Shaheen Afridi – 783 9. Jasprit Bumrah – 771 10. Jason Holder – 766