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Kohli, Rabada end notable year on top

Virat Kohli
India captain Virat Kohli and South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada have maintained their top positions in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings at the year-end after 2018 saw them achieve several milestones including from the rankings perspective.

• Bumrah, Cummins and Olivier among bowlers to move up; career-bests for Nicholls, Babar and Pant

Kohli dropped three points despite a first innings score of 82 in the third Test in Melbourne, but still enjoys a 34-point lead over Kane Williamson. Kohli, who attained a career-high 937 points during the year, which is the highest ever by an India batsman, scored 1322 runs in all. Kohli overtook Steven Smith in August and has now held the top position for 135 days.

Rabada, who split the top ranking with England’s seasoned fast bowler James Anderson during the year, is just six points ahead of his adversary. Rabada, who became the youngest to take top position among bowlers during the year and held the spot for 178 days during the year, grabbed six wickets in the opening match at Centurion that South Africa won by six wickets to finish with 52 wickets in 10 Tests in 2018.

Kohli’s compatriot Cheteshwar Pujara has maintained the fourth position after a first-innings century in Melbourne, wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant has gained 10 slots to reach a career-best 38th position while debutant opener Mayank Agarwal has entered the batsmen’s list at an impressive 67th place after scores of 76 and 42 helped his side win by 137 runs for a 2-1 lead in the four-match series.

Kohli consolidated his spot at the top of the pile
Kohli consolidated his spot at the top of the pile

Jasprit Bumrah has moved from 28th to 12th after his match haul of nine for 86, the best-ever by an India seam bowler in Australia. He is now the highest-ranked India fast bowler in the format with Mohammed Shami next in 23rd position.

For Australia, Pat Cummins has been the pick, gaining five slots to reach a career-best third position after finishing with nine wickets in the match. He has also gained 13 slots to reach 91st place among batsmen with some useful runs down the order. Travis Head (up seven places to 56th) has also benefitted in the latest rankings update.

New Zealand fast bowlers have a lot to cheer about following their record 423-run win over Sri Lanka in Christchurch. Trent Boult’s nine wickets in the match have helped him gain seven slots to reach the seventh position while Tim Southee (up two places to ninth) and Neil Wagner (up one place to 15th) have also moved up.

Century-makers at Christchurch, Henry Nicholls (up two places to seventh) and Tom Latham (up eight places to 14th), and Jeet Raval (up two places to 35th) have also gained in the latest rankings update.

Nicholls scored an unbeaten 162 to move up to the seventh place
Nicholls scored an unbeaten 162 to move up to the seventh place

For South Africa, former captain Hashim Amla (up three places to 11th place) and Temba Bavuma (up four places to 31st) have gained among batsmen while fast bowler Duanne Olivier has gained 17 places to reach 36th position after his player of the match effort of 11 wickets.

Pakistan’s Babar Azam has gained nine slots to reach 27th position after innings of 71 and six while left-arm fast bowlers Mohammad Amir (up two places to 34th) and Shaheen Afridi (up 38 places to 73rd) have advanced after taking four and five wickets in Centurion.

Meanwhile, New Zealand have leapfrogged South Africa to take third place in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings after starting the series against Sri Lanka with a chance of going up to the second position with a 2-0 win.

Rank Team Points
1 India 116
2 England 108
3 New Zealand 107
4 South Africa 106
5 Australia 102
6 Pakistan 92
7 Sri Lanka 91
8 West Indies 70
9 Bangladesh 69
10 Zimbabwe 13
11 Afghanistan 00
12 Ireland 00

 

(Developed by David Kendix)

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 31 December, following the conclusion of the Centurion, Christchurch and Melbourne Tests):

BATSMEN (top 20)

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Points

Average

Highest Rating

1

( - )

Virat Kohli

Ind

931

54.01

937 v Eng at Southampton 2018

2

( - )

Kane Williamson

NZ

897

51.44

915 v SL at Wellington 2018

3

( - )

Steve Smith

Aus

883

61.37

947 v SA at Durban 2018

4

( - )

C. Pujara

Ind

834

49.83

888 v SL at Nagpur 2017

5

( - )

Joe Root

Eng

807

50.44

917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

6

( - )

David Warner

Aus

780

48.20

880 v NZ at Perth 2015

7

(+2)

Henry Nicholls

NZ

763*!

43.54

763 v SL at Christchurch 2018

8

( - )

Dean Elgar

SA

728

40.92

784 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018

9

(-2)

D. Karunaratne

SL

715

37.08

754 v SA at Colombo (SSC) 2018

10

(-1)

Azhar Ali

Pak

697

44.45

787 v Aus at Melbourne 2016

11=

(+3)

Hashim Amla

SA

689

47.35

907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

 

(+1)

Usman Khawaja

Aus

689

42.29

747 v Pak at Sydney 2017

13

(+3)

Angelo Mathews

SL

687

44.79

877 v NZ at Christchurch 2014

14

(+8)

Tom Latham

NZ

676!

41.59

676 v SL at Christchurch 2018

15

(-2)

D. Chandimal

SL

675

43.53

755 v Win at St Lucia 2018

16

(+2)

Kusal Mendis

SL

671

37.90

693 v Win at St Lucia 2018

17

(-6)

Aiden Markram

SA

654*

43.83

759 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018

18=

(+2)

Jonny Bairstow

Eng

653

37.71

772 v SA at Old Trafford 2017

 

(-3)

Ajinkya Rahane

Ind

653

40.82

825 v NZ at Indore 2016

20

(-1)

Ross Taylor

NZ

646

45.93

871 v Win at Hamilton 2013

 

BOWLERS (top 20)

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Points

Average

Highest Rating

1

( - )

Kagiso Rabada

SA

880

21.56

902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018

2

( - )

James Anderson

Eng

874

26.98

903 v Ind at Lord's 2018

3

(+5)

Pat Cummins

Aus

836*!

23.25

836 v Ind at Melbourne 2018

4

(-1)

Vernon Philander

SA

817

21.54

912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013

5

(-1)

M. Abbas

Pak

813*

16.62

838 v NZ at Abu Dhabi 2018

6

(-1)

Ravindra Jadeja

Ind

796

23.55

899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017

7

(+7)

Trent Boult

NZ

771

27.90

825 v Eng at Lord's 2015

8

(-2)

R. Ashwin

Ind

770

25.43

904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016

9

(+2)

Tim Southee

NZ

767

29.93

799 v Win at Jamaica 2014

10

(+2)

Jason Holder

Win

751*

28.50

766 v Ind at Hyderabad 2018

11

(-2)

Josh Hazlewood

Aus

748

26.83

863 v Ind at Bengaluru 2017

12

(-2)

Yasir Shah

Pak

745

28.33

878 v Eng at Lord's 2016

13

( - )

Shannon Gabriel

Win

742

29.73

757 v Ban at Jamaica 2018

14

(-7)

Nathan Lyon

Aus

727

31.95

774 v Eng at Adelaide 2017

15

(+1)

Neil Wagner

NZ

721

28.88

785 v Win at Wellington 2017

16

(+12)

Jasprit Bumrah

Ind

708*!

21.02

708 v Aus at Melbourne 2018

17

( - )

Mehidy Hasan

Ban

696*!

29.78

696 v Win at Dhaka 2018

18

(-3)

Mitchell Starc

Aus

695

28.43

805 v SA at Durban 2018

19

(-1)

Stuart Broad

Eng

694

29.04

880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016

20

( - )

Shakib Al Hasan

Ban

675

31.27

705 v Aus at Mirpur 2017

 

ALL-ROUNDERS (top five)

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Points

Highest Rating

1

( - )

Shakib Al Hasan

Ban

415

489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017

2

(+2)

Jason Holder

Win

365/*

381 v Ind at Hyderabad 2018

3

(-1)

Ravindra Jadeja

Ind

364

438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017

4

(-1)

Vernon Philander

SA

362

378 v SL at Galle 2018

5

( - )

Ben Stokes

Eng

342

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

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