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Root and Pant soar in Test Rankings after epic shows

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England captain Joe Root and India wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant have made considerable gains in the latest MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings after their match-winning performances in the Galle and Brisbane Tests.
  • Bairstow, Gill, Hazlewood, Labuschagne and Thirimanne also gain in latest update

England captain Joe Root and India wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant have made considerable gains in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings after their match-winning performances in the Galle and Brisbane Tests.

Root, a formerly top-ranked batsman, has returned to the top five with his highest rating points tally (738) in two years after scoring a first-innings 228 to help win the first Test against Sri Lanka by seven wickets. Root has advanced six places, overtaking the likes of Pakistan’s Babar Azam and India’s Cheteshwar Pujara in the process.

Left-hander Pant’s unbeaten 89 on the last day in Brisbane that guided India to a sensational three-wicket victory over Australia, sees him attain a career-best 13th position to become the top-ranked wicketkeeper in the batting rankings. South Africa’s Quinton de Kock is the next wicketkeeper in the list in 15th position.

Performances in the classic Test in Brisbane resulted in quite a few other interesting changes as well.

Australia batsman Marnus Labuschagne’s first-innings century took him past Virat Kohli to third position with a career-best 878 rating points, captain Tim Paine moved up three spots to 42nd after scores of 50 and 27 while fast bowler Josh Hazlewood leapfrogged New Zealander Tim Southee to the fourth spot after grabbing six wickets in the match, including a haul of five for 57 in the first innings.

Rishabh Pant has sizzled in the rankings after the latest update
Rishabh Pant has sizzled in the rankings after the latest update

For India, Shubman Gill continued his upward trajectory, moving from 68th to 47th after a crucial 91 in the second innings, Pujara progressed one place to seventh position after his dogged effort and Mohammad Siraj jumped 32 places to 45th position after taking six wickets in the match, including a five-wicket haul in the second innings.

Debutant Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur too had something to cheer about after useful efforts with both bat and ball. Sundar entered the rankings in 82nd (batting) and 97th (bowling) positions, while Thakur reentered the batting list in 113th position and the bowling list in 65th position.

England spinners Jack Leach and Dominic Bess made notable progress after their five-wicket hauls in Galle. Leach’s second innings return of five for 122 lifted him three places to 40th while Bess’s first innings analysis of five for 30 took him from 67th to 50th. Jonny Bairstow (up five places to 58th in batting) and Sam Curran (up two places to 39th in bowling) also gained.

For Sri Lanka, Lahiru Thirimanne’s second innings century helped him progress 12 places to 87th position while left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya (up six places to 47th) and medium pace bowler Asitha Fernando (up 11 places to 96th) were the main gainers.

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 20 January 2020, after the Brisbane and Galle Tests):

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank (+/–) Player Team Pts Avge Highest Rating
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 India at Brisbane 2021
4 (-1) Virat Kohli India 862 53.41 937 v Eng at Southampton 2018
5 (+6) Joe Root Eng 783 48.80 917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015
6 (-1) Babar Azam Pak 781 44.44 800 v Ban at Rawalpindi 2020
7 (+1) Cheteshwar Pujara Ind 760 47.74 888 v SL at Nagpur 2017
8 (-2) Ben Stokes Eng 752 37.84 827 v WI at Old Trafford 2020
9 (-2) Ajinkya Rahane Ind 748 42.58 825 v NZ at Indore 2016
10 (-1) Henry Nicholls NZ 747 43.91 778 v Ban at Wellington 2019

  

Other selected rankings

Rank (+/–) Player Team Pts Avge Highest Rating
13 (-13) Rishabh Pant Ind 691*! 43.52 691 v Aus at Brisbane 2021
42 (-3) Tim Paine Aus 555 32.63 592 v India at Adelaide 2020
47= (+9) Kusal Perera SL 533* 32.13 559 v SA at Port Elizabeth 2019
  (-21) Shubman Gill Ind 533*! 51.80 533 v Aus at Brisbane 2021
58 (+5) Jonny Bairstow Eng 500 35.14 772 v SA at Old Trafford 2017
82 (NEW) W Sundar Ind 403*! 42.00 403 v Aus at Brisbane 2021
87 (+12) L Thirimanne SL 377 23.74 India at Colombo (PSS) 2015
92 (+7) C Green Aus 368*! 33.71 India at Brisbane 2021
113= (RE) Shardul Thakur Ind 276*! 36.50 276 v Aus at Brisbane 2021

 

Bowlers (top 10)

Rank (+/–) Player Team Pts Avge Highest Rating
1 (-) Pat Cummins Aus 908 21.59 914 v Eng at Old Trafford 2019
2 (-) Stuart Broad Eng 847 27.56 SA at Johannesburg 2016
3 (-) Neil Wagner NZ 825 26.32 859 v Aus at Melbourne 2019
4 (+1) J Hazlewood Aus 816 25.65 864 v India at Bengaluru 2017
5 (-1) Tim Southee NZ 811 28.70 826 v Pak at Mount Maunganui 2020
6 (-) Kagiso Rabada SA 786 22.95 902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018
7 (-) J Anderson Eng 773 26.79 903 v India at Lord's 2018
8 (+1) R Ashwin Ind 760 25.53 904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016
9 (+1) Jasprit Bumrah Ind 757* 21.59 834 v WI at Jamaica 2019
10 (+1) Jason Holder WI 753 27.94 862 v Eng at Southampton 2020

 

Other selected rankings

Rank (+/–) Player Team Pts Avge Highest Rating
39 (+2) Sam Curran Eng 421*! 31.67 421 v SL at Galle 2021
40 (+3) Jack Leach Eng 417* 29.10 450 v Aus at The Oval 2019
45= (+32) M Siraj Ind 360*! 29.53 360 v Aus at Brisbane 2021
47 (+6) L Embuldeniya SL 349*! 39.97 349 v Eng at Galle 2021
50 (+17) Dominic Bess Eng 333*! 33.37 333 v SL at Galle 2021
65 (RE) Shardul Thakur Ind 249*! 23.42 249 v Aus at Brisbane 2021
96 (+11) A Fernando SL 100*! 31.25 100 v Eng at Galle 2021
97 (NEW) W Sundar Ind 97*! 42.25 97 v Aus at Brisbane 2021
65 (RE) Shardul Thakur Ind 249*! 23.42 249 v Aus at Brisbane 2021

 

All-rounders (top five)

Rank (+/–) Player Team Pts Highest Rating
1 (+) Ben Stokes Eng 436 497 v WI at Old Trafford 2020
2 (+1) Jason Holder WI 423 485 v Eng at Southampton 2020
3 (-1) R Jadeja Ind 419 438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017
4 (-) S Al Hasan Ban 366 489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017
5 (-) Kyle Jamieson NZ 293*/*! 293 v Pak at Christchurch 2021

  

*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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