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Pant hits new highs for an India wicket-keeper

India's Rishabh Pant was named ICC Emerging Player of the Year
Rishabh Pant has attained new highs for an India wicket-keeper batsman in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings after his superb century in the drawn final Test in Sydney.

• The former ICC U19 Cricket World Cup star attains joint-highest ranking among batsmen by a wicketkeeper from India and highest rating points by a gloveman from his country

• Pujara, Harris, Markram and Asad among other batsmen to move up; Yadav, Lyon, Olivier and Shaheen also advance

The 21-year-old left-hander has gained 21 slots and reached 17th place, the joint-highest by a specialist India wicketkeeper along with Farokh Engineer, who did so in January 1973. Further, Pant’s aggregate of 673 rating points are the highest by an India wicketkeeper, with Dhoni having the next highest aggregate of 662 points and Engineer 619 points. Dhoni’s highest Test ranking was 19th.

Pant, a star at the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in 2016 when he scored an 18-ball half-century against Nepal, has moved into the top-20 after only his ninth Test match with an unbeaten 159. Pant had started the Australia tour in 59th place and made rapid progress, scoring 350 runs in a series that also saw him take 20 catches.

Cheteshwar Pujara, who scored 521 runs to help beat Australia 2-1 and claim the Player of the Series award, is another batsman to gain in the latest rankings update, which also takes into account performances in the second Test between South Africa and Pakistan in Cape Town.

Pujara has gained one slot to reach third position while all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja (up six places to 57th) and rookie opener Mayank Agarwal (up five places to 62nd) are the others from his team to advance at the end of a historic series win.

Spinner Kuldeep Yadav has gained seven slots to reach a career-best 45th position after his figures of 5 for 99 in Australia’s first innings even as Jasprit Bumrah has held on to 16th position and Mohammed Shami has gained one place to take the 22nd slot. Jadeja has gained one place to reach fifth among bowlers and has also leapfrogged Windies captain Jason Holder into second place among all-rounders.

For Australia, opener Marcus Harris has advanced 21 places to take a career-best 69th position after a fine 79 in the first innings while off-spinner Nathan Lyon has inched up from 14th to 13th position.

South Africa’s Aiden Markram has moved back into the top 10 after his knock of 78 at Cape Town, gaining seven slots to reach 10th position. Temba Bavuma has moved into the top 30 for the first time (up five places to 26th) after his score of 75 while captain Faf du Plessis’s first-innings century has lifted him six places to 16th position.

Among their bowlers, Vernon Philander has gained one slot to reach third position while Duanne Olivier has continued his surge to move up to 32nd place from 36th.
For Pakistan, Asad Shafiq has benefitted by five places to reach 24th position after scores of 20 and 88 while Babar Azam is only one slot behind after gaining two places. Shan Masood has moved up 22 places to a career-best 65th while captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has moved up from 42nd to 37th place.

Among their bowlers, Shaheen Afridi has gained 13 slots to reach 60th place after taking four wickets in the match, which Pakistan lost by nine wickets to concede a decisive 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

There has been no change in position or points for India in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings, while Australia have lost one point but remain in fifth position.

MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings (as on 8 January, after the Australia-India series):

RANKTEAMPOINTS
1India116
2England108
3New Zealand107
4South Africa106
5Australia101
6Pakistan92
7Sri Lanka91
8West Indies70
9Bangladesh69
10Zimbabwe13
11Afghanistan00
12Ireland00

 

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 8 January, after the Sydney and Cape Town Tests):

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Pts

Average

Highest Rating

1

( - )

Virat Kohli

Ind

922

53.76

937 v Eng at Southampton 2018

2

( - )

K. Williamson

NZ

897

51.44

915 v SL at Wellington 2018

3

(+1)

C. Pujara

Ind

881

51.18

888 v SL at Nagpur 2017

4

(-1)

Steve Smith

Aus

874

61.37

947 v SA at Durban 2018

5

( - )

Joe Root

Eng

807

50.44

917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

6

( - )

David Warner

Aus

772

48.20

880 v NZ at Perth 2015

7

( - )

Henry Nicholls

NZ

763*!

43.54

763 v SL at Christchurch 2018

8

( - )

Dean Elgar

SA

727

40.96

784 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018

9

( - )

D. Karunaratne

SL

715

37.08

754 v SA at Colombo (SSC) 2018

10

(+7)

Aiden Markram

SA

698*

45.20

759 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018 

 

Other selected rankings

Rank 

(+/-)

Player

Team

Pts

Average

Highest Rating

11=

(+2)

A. Mathews

SL

687

44.79

877 v NZ at Christchurch 2014

16

(+6)

Faf du Plessis

SA

674

42.07

734 v Ind at Centurion 2018

17

(+21)

Rishabh Pant

Ind

673*!

49.71

673 v Aus at Sydney 2019

24

(+5)

Asad Shafiq

Pak

634

39.06

758 v Eng at Lord's 2016

25

(+2)

Babar Azam

Pak

629*!

35.30

629 v SA at Cape Town 2019

26=

(-2)

Q. de Kock

SA

627

36.89

802 v NZ at Hamilton 2017

 

(+5)

T. Bavuma

SA

627!

35.41

627 v Pak at Cape Town 2019

57

(+6)

R. Jadeja

Ind

488

32.28

511 v Win at Rajkot 2018

69

(+21)

Marcus Harris

Aus

446*!

36.85

446 v Ind at Sydney 2019

 

Bowlers (top 10)

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Pts

Average

Highest Rating

1

( - )

K. Rabada

SA

893

21.35

902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018

2

( - )

J. Anderson

Eng

874

26.98

903 v Ind at Lord's 2018

3=

(+1)

V. Philander

SA

804

21.75

912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013

 

( - )

Pat Cummins

Aus

804*

24.51

836 v Ind at Melbourne 2018

5

(+1)

R. Jadeja

Ind

794

23.68

899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017

6

(-1)

M. Abbas

Pak

789*

17.90

838 v NZ at Abu Dhabi 2018

7

( - )

Trent Boult

NZ

771

27.90

825 v Eng at Lord's 2015

8

(+1)

Tim Southee

NZ

767

29.93

799 v Win at Jamaica 2014

9

(-1)

R. Ashwin

Ind

763

25.43

904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016

10

( - )

Jason Holder

Win

751*

28.50

766 v Ind at Hyderabad 2018

 

Other selected rankings

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Pts

Average

Highest Rating

13

(+1)

Nathan Lyon

Aus

723

32.10

774 v Eng at Adelaide 2017

14

(+1)

Neil Wagner

NZ

721

28.88

785 v Win at Wellington 2017

  22

(+1)

M. Shami

Ind

660

29.54

703 v SA at Johannesburg 2018

32

(+4)

Duanne Olivier

SA

560*!

18.81

560 v Pak at Cape Town 2019

45

(+7)

Kuldeep Yadav

Ind

402*!

24.12

402 v Aus at Sydney 2019

60

(+13)

Shaheen Afridi

Pak

274*!

31.41

274 v SA at Cape Town 2019

 

All-rounders (top five)

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Pts

Highest Rating

1

( - )

S. Al Hasan

Ban

415

489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017

2

(+1)

R. Jadeja

Ind

387

438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017

3

(-1)

Jason Holder

Win

365/*

381 v Ind at Hyderabad 2018

4

( - )

V. Philander

SA

353

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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