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Gabriel moves up to take career-best 12th place after St Lucia exploits

Shannon Gabriel
Windies paceman jumps up 11 places; Dhawan, Vijay also make significant movement.
  • Chandimal, Mendis, Chase and Holder also gain in rankings after drawn Test

  • Dhawan reaches career-best 24th position; Vijay and Jadeja also move up

Windies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel has made a huge jump to take a career-best 12th position in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings after his player of the match effort in the drawn second Test against Sri Lanka in St Lucia, which ended on Monday.

The 30-year-old from Trinidad and Tobago has gained 11 places after finishing the match with 13 for 121, the third best match haul ever by a Windies bowler. Gabriel has reached 754 rating points while his previous best was 636 points and an 18th place in August last year.

Gabriel’s team-mates Roston Chase (up one place to 38th) and captain Jason Holder (up one place to 64th) were the others to gain in the latest update which also takes into account the one-off Test between India and Afghanistan in Bengaluru which the home side won by an innings and 262 runs.

For Sri Lanka, who trail the three-match series against the Windies 1-0, captain Dinesh Chandimal has gained one spot to move up to ninth position after his effort of 119 not out and 39 while Kusal Mandis is another batsman to move up, gaining four spots to reach a career-best 12th position. Among their bowlers, Suranga Lakmal has gained one slot to reach 29th position while Lahiru Kumara has gained three spots to reach 51st position.

Individual centuries in the only Test against Afghanistan helped Vijay and Dhawan make significant movement on the rankings table
Individual centuries in the only Test against Afghanistan helped Vijay and Dhawan make significant movement on the rankings table


The Bengaluru Test and the domination of the India top order has reflected in the rankings with both Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay moving up the ladder. Dhawan’s knock of 107, during which he became the first from his country to complete a century before lunch on the opening day of a Test match, has seen him gain 10 spots to reach a career-best 24th position while Vijay’s innings of 105 has lifted him six spots to 23rd position. 

India spinner Ravindra Jadeja has inched up one slot to third position after claiming six wickets in the Bengaluru Test while fast bowlers Ishant Sharma (up two places to 25th) and Umesh Yadav (up two places to 26th) have also made northward movement. 

The Afghanistan players to make an entry into the players’ rankings are Hashmatuallah Shahidi (111th) and captain Asghar Stanikzai (136th) among batsmen. Among bowlers, Yamin Ahmadzai (94th) and spinners Mujeeb ur Rehman (114th) and Rashid Khan (119th) are among those in the rankings. Rashid is currently top-ranked in T20Is and second in ODIs. 

Top-ranked India’s points remain unchanged in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings.

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

MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings (as of 19 June, after the one-off Test between India and Afghanistan in Bengaluru)

Rank Team Points
1 India        125
2 South Africa 112
3 Australia    106
4 New Zealand  102
5 England        97
6 Sri Lanka 94
7 Pakistan   88
8 Bangladesh 75
9 Windies        67
10 Zimbabwe 2


Also played:

Ireland – 1 match, 0 points

Afghanistan – 1 match, 0 points

(Developed by David Kendix)

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 19 June, after the one-off Test between India and Afghanistan in Bengaluru and the second Test between the Windies and Sri Lanka in St Lucia):

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank (+/-)  Player Team Pts Avge Highest Rating
1 ( - ) Steve Smith Aus 929 61.37 947 v SA at Durban 2018
2 ( - ) Virat Kohli Ind 903 53.4 912 v SA at Johannesburg 2018
3 ( - ) Joe Root Eng 855 52.28 917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015
4 ( - ) Kane Williamson NZ 847 50.35 893 v Aus at Perth 2015
5 ( - ) David Warner Aus 820 48.2 880 v NZ at Perth 2015
6 ( - ) C. Pujara Ind 799 50.34 888 v SL at Nagpur 2017
7 ( - ) Dean Elgar SA 784! 42.58 784 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018
8 ( - ) Aiden Markram SA 759*! 55.55 759 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018
9 (+1) Di. Chandimal SL 755! 44.96 755 v Win at St Lucia 2018
10 (-1) Hashim Amla SA 726 48.03 907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013


Other selected rankings

Rank (+/-)   Player Team Pts Avge Highest Rating
12 (+4) Kusal Mendis SL 693! 39 693 v Win at St Lucia 2018 
18 (+1) Lokesh Rahul Ind 661* 40.86 761 v SL at Pallekele 2017
23 (+6) Murali Vijay Ind 624 40.69 747 v SA at Bengaluru 2015
24 (+10) Shikhar Dhawan Ind 618 43.93 627 v SL at Kolkata 2017
38= (+1) Roston Chase Win 559* 36.53 626 v Pak at Dominica 2017
40 (+4) Ni. Dickwella SL 553* 32.88 576 v Ind at Kolkata 2017
64 (+1) Jason Holder Win 453 29.48 486 v Pak at Dominica 2017
67 (+8) Hardik Pandya Ind 448* 36.8 512 v SA at Cape Town 2018
86 (+5) Kusal Perera SL 352* 27.96 443 v Zim at Harare 2016
111= (NEW) H. Shahidi Afg 257*! 47 257 v Ind at Bengaluru 2018
136 (NEW) Asghar Stanikzai Afg 194*! 18 194 v Ind at Bengaluru 2018


Bowlers (top 10)

Rank        (+/-)   Player Team Pts Avge Highest Rating
1 ( - ) Kagiso Rabada SA 897 21.59 902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018
2 ( - ) James Anderson Eng 892 27.23 896 v Win at Lord's 2017
3 (+1) Ravindra Jadeja Ind 866 23.11 899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017
4 (-1) Vernon Philander SA 845 21.46 912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013
5 ( - ) R. Ashwin Ind 811 25.34 904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016
6= ( - ) Morne Morkel SA 800! 27.66 800 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018
      ( - ) Pat Cummins Aus 800*! 23.81 800 v SA at Johannesburg 2018
8 ( - ) Trent Boult NZ 795 27.84 825 v Eng at Lord's 2015
9 (+1) Neil Wagner NZ 765 28.26 785 v Win at Wellington 2017
10= (-1) Rangana Herath SL 759 28.26 867 v Zim at Harare 2016   


Other selected rankings

Rank (+/-)        Player Team Pts Avge Highest Rating
12 (+11) Shannon Gabriel Win 754! 30.66 754 v SL at St Lucia 2018
25 (+2) Ishant Sharma Ind 582 35.52 671 v Win at Dominica 2011
26 (+2) Umesh Yadav Ind 577 34.94 578 v SL at Nagpur 2017
29 (+1) Suranga Lakmal SL 555! 42.46 555 v Win at St Lucia 2018
51 (+3) L. Kumara SL 319! 40.76 319 v Win at St Lucia 2018
94 (NEW) Y. Ahmadzai Afg 112*! 17 112 v Ind at Bengaluru 2018  
114 (NEW) M. Ur Rahman Afg 35*! 50 35 v Ind at Bengaluru 2018
119 (NEW) Rashid Khan Afg 19*! 77 19 v Ind at Bengaluru 2018


All-rounders (top five)

Rank     (+/-)        Player Team Pts Highest Rating
1 ( - ) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 420 489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017
2 ( - ) R. Jadeja Ind 394 438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017
3 ( - ) V. Philander SA 371 376 v Aus at Cape Town 2014
4 ( - ) R. Ashwin Ind 365 493 v Eng at Mohali 2016
5 ( - ) Ben Stokes Eng 327/* 396 v Win at Lord's 2017


*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

For more information on player rankings, please click here.

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