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April 13, 2021

Rohit, Ashwin gain big in Test Player Rankings

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Ravichandran Ashwin (Photo ICC)

India opener Rohit Sharma and all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin have made notable gains in the ICC Test Player Rankings after playing defining roles in a massive 317-run victory over England in the second Test that levelled the four-match series 1-1.

Rohit’s first innings score of 161, which set the platform for a win that kept India in contention for the ICC World Test Championship final, has helped him gain nine places to reach 14th position, his best since November 2019.

The Mumbai batsman’s career best position was attained in October 2019, when he was ranked 10th after notching a double century against South Africa in Ranchi.

Ashwin’s second-innings century at his home ground in Chennai has lifted him 14 places to 81st in the list of batsmen, and while he remains seventh among bowlers after grabbing eight wickets in the match, he has gained 33 rating points to reach within three points of sixth-ranked Stuart Broad and to within 21 of second-ranked Neil Wagner.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant’s 58 not out in the first innings has helped him continue his upward movement and he is now at a career-best 11th position.

Left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav returns in 50th position while left-arm spinner Axar Patel has entered the rankings in 68th place after an impressive debut that saw him take seven wickets including a five-wicket haul in the second innings.

For England, left-arm spinner Jack Leach has gained six places to reach 31st position at a career-best 524 points after grabbing six wickets in the match even as several of his team-mates have slipped down the rankings including star all-rounder Ben Stokes, who has lost his top position among all-rounders.

The West Indies, who pulled off a thrilling 17-run victory over Bangladesh in Dhaka to wrap up the two-Test series 2-0, have much to rejoice about in terms of players’ rankings.

Nkrumah Bonner is in 63rd position, scores of 90 and 38 in Dhaka helping him advance six places since his debut in the previous Test, while off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall’s nine wickets in the match have helped him get into the top 50 for the first time.

Wicketkeeper Joshua Da Silva (up 33 places to 78th) and left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican (up three places to 59th) are the others West Indies players to register upward movement.

For Bangladesh, left-handed opener Tamim Iqbal has moved from 37th to 32nd after scores of 44 and 50 and Liton Das has reached 54th from 65th among batsmen. Left-arm spinner Tajiul Islam is in 22nd position after his eight wickets in the match helped him gain five places.

ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 17 February 2021):

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank(+/–)PlayerTeamPtsAvgeHighest Rating
1(-)Kane WilliamsonNZ919!54.31919 v Pak at Christchurch 2021
2(-)Steve SmithAus89161.80947 v SA at Durban 2018
3(+1)Marnus LabuschagneAus878*!60.80878 v Ind at Brisbane 2021
4(-1)Joe RootEng86949.97917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015
5(-)Virat KohliInd83852.92937 v Eng at Southampton 2018
6(-)Babar AzamPak76044.22800 v Ban at Rawalpindi 2020
7(+1)Henry NichollsNZ74743.91778 v Ban at Wellington 2019
8(-1)Cheteshwar PujaraInd72747.17888 v SL at Nagpur 2017
9(+1)David WarnerAus72448.09880 v NZ at Perth 2015
10(-1)Ben StokesEng72137.54827 v WI at Old Trafford 2020

Other selected rankings

Rank(+/–)PlayerTeamPtsAvgeHighest Rating
11(+2)Rishabh PantInd715*!44.85715 v Eng at Chennai 2021
14(+9)Rohit SharmaInd69045.83722 v SA at Ranchi 2019
32(+5)Tamim IqbalBan57938.20709 v Aus at Mirpur 2017
54(+11)Liton DasBan507*!28.62507 v WI at Mirpur 2021
63(+25)Nkrumah BonnerWI488*!57.75488 v Ban at Mirpur 2021
64=(+6)Kyle MayersWI487*!87.00487 v Ban at Mirpur 2021
78(+33)Joshua Da SilvaWI429*!39.00429 v Ban at Mirpur 2021
81(+14)R AshwinInd41928.23553 v Eng at Mohali 2016

Bowlers (top 10)

Rank(+/–)PlayerTeamPtsAvgeHighest Rating
1(-)Pat CumminsAus90821.59914 v Eng at Old Trafford 2019
2(+2)Neil WagnerNZ82526.32859 v Aus at Melbourne 2019
3(-)James AndersonEng81826.49903 v Ind at Lord’s 2018
4(+1)Josh HazlewoodAus81625.65864 v Ind at Bengaluru 2017
5(+1)Tim SoutheeNZ81128.70826 v Pak at Mount Maunganui 2020
6(-4)Stuart BroadEng80727.68880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016
7(-)R AshwinInd80425.20904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016
8(-)Jasprit BumrahInd761*21.87834 v WI at Jamaica 2019
9(-)Kagiso RabadaSA75323.36902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018
10(+1)Mitchell StarcAus74427.57807 v NZ at Perth 2019

Other selected rankings

Rank(+/–)PlayerTeamPtsAvgeHighest Rating
22(+5)Taijul IslamBan61032.54666 v WI at Dhaka 2018
31=(+6)Jack LeachEng524*!30.37524 v Ind at Chennai 2021
49(+16)Rahkeem CornwallWI373*!30.81373 v Ban at Mirpur 2021
50REKuldeep YadavInd366*23.84402 v Aus at Sydney 2019
59(+3)Jomel WarricanWI304*!36.15304 v Ban at Mirpur 2021
68(NEW)Axar PatelInd265*!14.28265 v Eng at Chennai 2021
72(+29)Olly StoneEng241*!13.85241 v Ind at Chennai 2021

All-rounders (top five)

Rank(+/–)PlayerTeamPtsHighest Rating
1(+1)Jason HolderWI407485 v Eng at Southampton 2020
2(+1)Ravindra JadejaInd403438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017
3(-2)Ben StokesEng397497 v WI at Old Trafford 2020
4(-)S Al HasanBan352489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017
5(+1)R AshwinInd336492 v Eng at Mohali 2016
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