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Opportunity for India to finish as No.1 at the 1 April cut-off date

India’s winning run continued by one more Test

Ravichandran Ashwin and Steve Smith will start next week’s India versus Australia four-Test series as the top-ranked bowler and batsman respectively, after there was no change in the top five in all the three categories of the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings following the conclusion of the one-off Test between India and Bangladesh in Hyderabad on Monday.

Ashwin and his number-two ranked team-mate Ravindra Jadeja both bagged six wickets apiece in their side’s 208-run victory, and are now separated by 10 points. Australia’s Josh Hazlewood is ranked third, 27 points behind Ashwin who won the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for the ICC Cricketer of the Year award in 2016.

Bowlers making some progress following the Hyderabad Test are Umesh Yadav in 34th (up by two places), Taijul Islam in 36th (up by two places) and Taskin Ahmed in 106th (up by 10 places), while those moving in the opposite direction are Shakib Al Hasan in 15th (down by one place), Bhuvneshwar Kumar in 35th (down by one place), Mehedi Hasan in 40th (down by five places) and Kamrul Islam Rabbi in 89th (down by nine places).

India captain Virat Kohli scored 204 and 38 in Hyderabad for which he not only won the player of the match award but has also peaked to a career-high rating of 895 points. He is now just five points away from breaking into the 900-point barrier, which will make him the 31st batsman overall (unless David Warner or Kane Williamson reach there before him) and only the second Indian after Sunil Gavaskar (916) to achieve the milestone. India batsmen to get close to the 900-point mark include Sachin Tendulkar (898) and Rahul Dravid (892).

Kohli’s 20 points gain in Hyderabad means he now trails Smith by 38 points. Joe Root is ranked third, 47 points behind the India batsman, while Kane Williamson of New Zealand is fourth. Interestingly, the top four batting positions are occupied by the national captains who have previously represented their countries in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cups.

Apart from Kohli, India’s Murali Vijay and Wriddhiman Saha, and Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim also scored centuries in Hyderabad, which are reflected in the latest MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings.

Vijay has gained one place and is now in 26th spot, Saha has earned 12 places and now shares 57th position with team-mate Lokesh Rahul, who has slipped eight places, while Mushfiqur has achieved a career-high 35th position after vaulting five places.

Shakib Al Hasan has moved up to 20th place in the rankings for the first time in his career
Shakib Al Hasan has moved up to 20th place in the rankings for the first time in his career

The other good news for Bangladesh is Shakib, who scored 82 and 22, has moved up to 20th rank for the first time in his career after jumping two places, while Mahmudullah has earned a career-best ranking of 45th to date by leaping five places.

For India, Jadeja is now in 55th position after lifting 11 places, while Pujara has returned to the top 10 in ninth position after rising three places.

Ashwin continues to lead the all-rounders’ list, followed by Shakib and Jadeja.

Meanwhile, India has gained one point and Bangladesh has dropped one point in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings following the Hyderabad Test. This means India is now on 121 points, 12 ahead of Australia, while Bangladesh is on 61 points, eight points behind eighth-ranked West Indies.

When India and Australia will go head to head in the four-Test series in Pune on Thursday, 23 February, Australia will have a chance to reclaim the top slot. However, to make that happen, it will have to win the series by 3-0 or 4-0.

If India wins one Test, then it will retain its top position and cannot even be overhauled by South Africa, which, in turn, means it will be assured of number-one position at the annual 1 April cut-off date. The side that tops the Test team rankings at the annual cut-off date collects a cash award of $1million, while the side that ends second receives $500K. Third and fourth-ranked sides receive $200K and $100K respectively.

The following are some permutations for India v Australia series.

• India beats Australia 4-0 – India 125; Australia 105
• Australia beats India 4-0 – India 113, Australia 115
• India beats Australia 3-1 or 2-0 – India 123; Australia 107
• Australia beats India 3-1 or 2-0 – India 115; Australia 113
• India beats Australia 3-0 – India 124; Australia 106
• Australia beats India 3-0 – India 114; Australia 114 (ahead of India by a fraction)
• India beats Australia 2-1 – India 122; Australia 108
• Australia beats India 2-1 – India 117; Australia 112

The Test team rankings, unlike the ODI and T20I rankings, are updated after the end of a series. The ICC Test predictor function is available here.

India v Australia
23-27 Feb – 1st Test, Pune
4-8 Mar – 2nd Test, Bengaluru
16-20 Mar – 3rd Test, Ranchi
25-29 Mar – 4th Test, Dharamsala

New Zealand v South Africa
8-12 Mar – 1st Test, Dunedin
16-20 Mar – 2nd Test, Wellington
25-29 Mar – 3rd Test, Hamilton

MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings (as on 14 February, after one-off Test between India and Bangladesh) 

Rank   Team              Points

  1. India 121 (+1)
  2. Australia 109
  3. South Africa 107
  4. England 101
  5. New Zealand 98
  6. Pakistan 97
  7. Sri Lanka 92
  8. West Indies 69
  9. Bangladesh 61 (-1)
  10. Zimbabwe 05 

(Developed by David Kendix)  

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 14 February and before the start of India v Australia series) 

Batsmen (top 20)

Rank      (+/-)        Player                  Team     Points   Avge      Highest Rating

   1         ( - )         Steve Smith         Aus        933        60.15    937 v Pak at Melbourne 2016

   2         ( - )         Virat Kohli            Ind         895!      51.75    895 v Ban at Hyderabad 2017

   3         ( - )         Joe Root              Eng        848        52.80    917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

   4         ( - )         Kane Williamson  NZ          823        50.07    893 v Aus at Perth 2015

   5         ( - )         David Warner       Aus        812        49.16    880 v NZ at Perth 2015

   6         ( - )         Hashim Amla       SA          787        49.99    907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

   7         ( - )         Azhar Ali              Pak        779        47.07    787 v Aus at Melbourne 2016

   8         ( - )         Younus Khan       Pak        772        53.06    880 v SL at Lahore 2009

   9         (+3)        C. Pujara              Ind         761        50.64    851 v SA at Durban 2013

  10        (-1)         Quinton de Kock  SA          760*      51.04    769 v SL at Cape Town 2017

  11        (-1)         AB de Villiers       SA          755        50.46    935 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2014

  12        (-1)         Usman Khawaja   Aus        747!      47.94    747 v Pak at Sydney 2017

  13        ( - )         Jonny Bairstow    Eng        731        41.27    759 v Ind at Mohali 2016

  14        ( - )         Alastair Cook       Eng        720        46.45    874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012

  15        ( - )         Ajinkya Rahane    Ind         717        47.64    825 v NZ at Indore 2016

  16        ( - )         Ross Taylor          NZ          713        46.99    871 v WI at Hamilton 2013

  17        ( - )         Angelo Mathews  SL          702        46.08    877 v NZ at Christchurch 2014

  18        ( - )         Adam Voges        Aus        696*      61.87    824 v SL at Galle 2016

  19        ( - )         Kraigg Brathwaite WI          677!      37.52    677 v Pak at Sharjah 2016

  20        (+2)        Shakib Al Hasan  Ban        670!      40.95    670 v Ind at Hyderabad 2017

 

Bowlers (top 20) 

Rank      (+/-)        Player                  Team     Points   Avge      Highest Rating

   1         ( - )         R. Ashwin             Ind         887        25.04    904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016

   2         ( - )         Ravindra Jadeja   Ind         877        24.10    879 v Eng at Chennai 2016

   3         ( - )         Josh Hazlewood  Aus        860!      24.78    860 v Pak at Sydney 2017

   4         ( - )         Rangana Herath  SL          827        28.31    867 v Zim at Harare 2016

   5         ( - )         Kagiso Rabada    SA          821*!     21.76    821 v SL at Johannesburg 2017

   6         ( - )         Dale Steyn           SA          819        22.30    909 v WI at Centurion 2014

   7         ( - )         James Anderson  Eng        810        28.50    884 v SL at Durham 2016

   8         ( - )         Stuart Broad         Eng        803        28.54    880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016

   9         ( - )         Vernon Philander SA          798        21.40    912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013

  10        ( - )         Mitchell Starc       Aus        770        28.29    805 v Pak at Brisbane 2016

  11        ( - )         Neil Wagner         NZ          757        28.58    760 v SA at Centurion 2016

  12        ( - )         Trent Boult           NZ          730        29.00    825 v Eng at Lord's 2015

  13        ( - )         Tim Southee        NZ          714        31.45    799 v WI at Jamaica 2014

  14        (+1)        Morne Morkel       SA          668        29.33    776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011

  15        (-1)         Shakib Al Hasan  Ban        658        32.66    700 v Zim at Khulna 2014

  16        ( - )         Dilruwan Perera   SL          652*      27.85    674 v Zim at Harare 2016

  17        ( - )         Yasir Shah           Pak        649        31.51    878 v Eng at Lord's 2016

  18        ( - )         Nathan Lyon        Aus        606        34.07    696 v NZ at Wellington 2016

  19        (+1)        Wahab Riaz         Pak        579*!     34.01    579 v Aus at Sydney 2017

  20=      (-1)         M. Shami              Ind         577*      32.60    595 v Eng at Mohali 2016

              (+1)        Peter Siddle         Aus        577        29.92    816 v Eng at Old Trafford 2013

 

All-rounders (top five)

Rank      (+/-)        Player                  Team     Points   Highest Rating

   1         ( - )         R. Ashwin             Ind         478       493 v Eng at Mohali 2016

   2         ( - )         Shakib Al Hasan  Ban        441       443 v NZ at Christchurch 2017

   3         ( - )         Ravindra Jadeja   Ind         407!      407 v Ban at Hyderabad 2017

   4         ( - )         Ben Stokes          Eng        327 /*    351 v Ind at Mohali 2016

   5         ( - )         Moeen Ali             Eng        312 /*    347 v Ind at Rajkot 2016

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