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Sharma reaches career-best ranking after twin centuries

Rohit Sharma
India batsman Rohit Sharma, who became the first player to score a century in each innings of his maiden Test as opener, has reached a career-best 17th position in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings.
  • Ashwin back in top 10; Quinton de Kock and Elgar also progress

Sharma, who slammed three previous centuries in Tests, has gained a whopping 36 slots after his knocks of 176 and 127 in the first Test against South Africa in Visakhapatnam helped India win by 203 runs and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Other opener Mayank Agarwal has also attained a career-best 25th position after his first innings double-century lifted him 38 places. Captain Virat Kohli has dropped below the 900-point mark for the first time since January 2018. He is now on 899 points, 38 behind top-ranked Steve Smith.

Mayank Agarwal
Mayank Agarwal

Among the bowlers, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has made a comeback to the top 10 after his match haul of eight wickets, which included figures of seven for 145 in the first innings. The formerly top-ranked bowler has moved up four places from 14th position and also into the top five among all-rounders.

Fast bowler Mohammad Shami has reached a career-best 710 points that took him from 18th to 16th, two below his career-best 14th rank, while Ravindra Jadeja has leapfrogged Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan to take second position among all-rounders.

For South Africa, centurions Quinton de Kock and Dean Elgar have progressed. De Kock is back into the top 10 after gaining four places and moving to seventh while Elgar has moved five places and is in 14th position.

India have gained 40 points in the ICC World Test Championship table after the win at Visakhapatnam and are now on 160 points after having won a full 120 points for a 2-0 series win in the West Indies. New Zealand and Sri Lanka are on 60 points each after their 1-1 series draw while Australia and England are on 56 each with their 2-2 series draw in a five-match series.

The points in the WTC are evenly distributed over the number of matches in a series (two to five), which were decided by the Member countries as per their bilateral agreements. Thus, the points can vary from 60 for each match of a two-Test series to 24 for each match of a five-Test series.

An FAQs document on the ICC World Test Championship is available here

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 7 October 2019)

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank (+/-)  Player  Team Pts Avge Highest Rating
1 ( - ) Steve Smith Aus 937 64.56 947 v SA at Durban 2018
2 ( - ) Virat Kohli India 899 53.12 937 v Eng at Southampton 2018
3 ( - ) K Williamson NZ 878 49.75 915 v Ban at Hamilton 2019
4 ( - ) C Pujara India 818 44.25 888 v SL at Nagpur 2017
5 ( - ) Henry Nicholls NZ 749 47.91 778 v Ban at Wellington 2019
6 ( - ) Joe Root Eng 731 39.82 917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015
7 (+4) Q de Kock SA 729 44.03 802 v NZ at Hamilton 2017
8 ( - ) Tom Latham NZ 724! 39.82 724 v SL at Colombo (PSS) 2019
9 ( - ) D Karunaratne SL 723 44.03 754 v SA at Colombo (SSC) 2018
10 (-3) Ajinkya Rahane India 719 36.93 825 v NZ at Indore 2016

 

Other selected rankings

Rank (+/-)  Player  Team Pts Avge Highest Rating
14 (+5) Dean Elgar SA 676 39.71 784 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018
17 (+36)  Rohit Sharma India 650! 44.95 650 v SA at Visakhapatnam 2019
25= (+38) M Agarwal India 620*! 55.22 620 v SA at Visakhapatnam 2019
52 (+2) R Jadeja India 524! 33.26 524 v SA at Visakhapatnam 2019

 

Bowlers (top 10)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Avge Highest Rating
1 ( - ) Pat Cummins  Aus 908 21.45 914 v Eng at Old Trafford 2019
2 ( - ) Kagiso Rabada SA 828 22.25 902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018
3 ( - ) Jasprit Bumrah India 827* 19.24 835 v WI at Jamaica 2019
4 ( - ) Jason Holder WI 814! 27.26 814 v India at Jamaica 2019
5 ( - ) V Philander SA 811 21.85 912 v India at Johannesburg 2013
6 ( - ) J Anderson Eng 798 26.94 903 v India at Lord's 2018
7 ( - ) Trent Boult NZ 795 27.35 825 v Eng at Lord's 2015
8 ( - ) Neil Wagner NZ 785 27.51 801 v Ban at Wellington 2019
9 ( - ) Kemar Roach  WI 780! 26.94 780 v India at Jamaica 2019
10= (+4) R Ashwin India 770 25.39 904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016

 

Other selected rankings

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Avge Highest Rating
16= (+2) M Shami India 710! 28.45 710 v SA at Visakhapatnam 2019

 

All-rounders (top five)

Rank (+/-)  Player Team Pts Highest Rating
1 ( - ) Jason Holder WI 472! 472 v India at Jamaica 2019
2 (+1) R Jadeja India 398 438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017
3 (-1) S Al Hasan Ban 397 489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017
4 ( - ) Ben Stokes Eng 387 411 v Aus at Headingley 2019
5 (+1) R Ashwin India 319 492 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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