India stars make rankings charge after mammoth win
India second Test heroes Rohit Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin have made notable gains in the ICC Test Player Rankings after their defining roles in the 317-run win in Chennai.
Rohit’s first innings score of 161, which set the platform for a win that kept India in contention for the ICC World Test Championship final, has helped him gain nine places to reach 14th position, his best since November 2019. The Mumbai batsman’s career best position was attained in October 2019, when he was ranked 10th after notching a double century against South Africa in Ranchi.
India allrounder Ashwin breaks new ground
Ashwin’s second-innings century at his home ground in Chennai has lifted him 14 places to 81st in the list of batsmen, and while he remains seventh among bowlers after grabbing eight wickets in the match, he has gained 33 rating points to reach within three points of sixth-ranked Stuart Broad and to within 21 of second-ranked Neil Wagner.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant’s 58 not out in the first innings has helped him continue his upward movement and he is now at a career-best 11th position. Left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav returns in 50th position while left-arm spinner Axar Patel has entered the rankings in 68th place after an impressive debut that saw him take seven wickets including a five-wicket haul in the second innings.
England’s rankings gainers
For England, left-arm spinner Jack Leach has gained six places to reach 31st position at a career-best 524 points after grabbing six wickets in the match even as several of his team-mates have slipped down the rankings including star all-rounder Ben Stokes, who has lost his top position among all-rounders.
The West Indies, who pulled off a thrilling 17-run victory over Bangladesh in Dhaka to wrap up the two-Test series 2-0, have much to rejoice about in terms of players’ rankings.
Nkrumah Bonner is in 63rd position, scores of 90 and 38 in Dhaka helping him advance six places since his debut in the previous Test, while off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall’s nine wickets in the match have helped him get into the top 50 for the first time.
Wicketkeeper Joshua Da Silva (up 33 places to 78th) and left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican (up three places to 59th) are the others West Indies players to register upward movement.
For Bangladesh, left-handed opener Tamim Iqbal has moved from 37th to 32nd after scores of 44 and 50 and Liton Das has reached 54th from 65th among batsmen. Left-arm spinner Tajiul Islam is in 22nd position after his eight wickets in the match helped him gain five places.
ICC Test Player Rankings
(Rankings as of 17 February 2021)
Batsmen (top 10)
|1||(-)||Kane Williamson||NZ||919!||54.31||919 v Pak at Christchurch 2021|
|2||(-)||Steve Smith||Aus||891||61.80||947 v SA at Durban 2018|
|3||(+1)||Marnus Labuschagne||Aus||878*!||60.80||878 v Ind at Brisbane 2021|
|4||(-1)||Joe Root||Eng||869||49.97||917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015|
|5||(-)||Virat Kohli||Ind||838||52.92||937 v Eng at Southampton 2018|
|6||(-)||Babar Azam||Pak||760||44.22||800 v Ban at Rawalpindi 2020|
|7||(+1)||Henry Nicholls||NZ||747||43.91||778 v Ban at Wellington 2019|
|8||(-1)||Cheteshwar Pujara||Ind||727||47.17||888 v SL at Nagpur 2017|
|9||(+1)||David Warner||Aus||724||48.09||880 v NZ at Perth 2015|
|10||(-1)||Ben Stokes||Eng||721||37.54||827 v WI at Old Trafford 2020|
Other selected rankings
|11||(+2)||Rishabh Pant||Ind||715*!||44.85||715 v Eng at Chennai 2021|
|14||(+9)||Rohit Sharma||Ind||690||45.83||722 v SA at Ranchi 2019|
|32||(+5)||Tamim Iqbal||Ban||579||38.20||709 v Aus at Mirpur 2017|
|54||(+11)||Liton Das||Ban||507*!||28.62||507 v WI at Mirpur 2021|
|63||(+25)||Nkrumah Bonner||WI||488*!||57.75||488 v Ban at Mirpur 2021|
|64=||(+6)||Kyle Mayers||WI||487*!||87.00||487 v Ban at Mirpur 2021|
|78||(+33)||Joshua Da Silva||WI||429*!||39.00||429 v Ban at Mirpur 2021|
|81||(+14)||R Ashwin||Ind||419||28.23||553 v Eng at Mohali 2016|
Bowlers (top 10)
|1||(-)||Pat Cummins||Aus||908||21.59||914 v Eng at Old Trafford 2019|
|2||(+2)||Neil Wagner||NZ||825||26.32||859 v Aus at Melbourne 2019|
|3||(-)||James Anderson||Eng||818||26.49||903 v Ind at Lord’s 2018|
|4||(+1)||Josh Hazlewood||Aus||816||25.65||864 v Ind at Bengaluru 2017|
|5||(+1)||Tim Southee||NZ||811||28.70||826 v Pak at Mount Maunganui 2020|
|6||(-4)||Stuart Broad||Eng||807||27.68||880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016|
|7||(-)||R Ashwin||Ind||804||25.20||904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016|
|8||(-)||Jasprit Bumrah||Ind||761*||21.87||834 v WI at Jamaica 2019|
|9||(-)||Kagiso Rabada||SA||753||23.36||902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018|
|10||(+1)||Mitchell Starc||Aus||744||27.57||807 v NZ at Perth 2019|
Other selected rankings
|22||(+5)||Taijul Islam||Ban||610||32.54||666 v WI at Dhaka 2018|
|31=||(+6)||Jack Leach||Eng||524*!||30.37||524 v Ind at Chennai 2021|
|49||(+16)||Rahkeem Cornwall||WI||373*!||30.81||373 v Ban at Mirpur 2021|
|50||RE||Kuldeep Yadav||Ind||366*||23.84||402 v Aus at Sydney 2019|
|59||(+3)||Jomel Warrican||WI||304*!||36.15||304 v Ban at Mirpur 2021|
|68||(NEW)||Axar Patel||Ind||265*!||14.28||265 v Eng at Chennai 2021|
|72||(+29)||Olly Stone||Eng||241*!||13.85||241 v Ind at Chennai 2021|
All-rounders (top five)
|1||(+1)||Jason Holder||WI||407||485 v Eng at Southampton 2020|
|2||(+1)||Ravindra Jadeja||Ind||403||438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017|
|3||(-2)||Ben Stokes||Eng||397||497 v WI at Old Trafford 2020|
|4||(-)||S Al Hasan||Ban||352||489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017|
|5||(+1)||R Ashwin||Ind||336||492 v Eng at Mohali 2016|
*indicates provisional rating; a batsman qualifies for a full rating after playing 40 Test innings; a bowler qualifies for a full rating when he reaches 100 Test wickets.
!indicates career-highest rating
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