February 25, 2021

Root and Pant soar in Test Rankings after epic shows

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England captain Joe Root and India wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant have made considerable gains in the ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings after their match-winning performances in the Galle and Brisbane Tests.

Root, a formerly top-ranked batsman, has returned to the top five with his highest rating points tally (738) in two years after scoring a first-innings 228 to help win the first Test against Sri Lanka by seven wickets. Root has advanced six places, overtaking the likes of Pakistan’s Babar Azam and India’s Cheteshwar Pujara in the process.

Left-hander Pant’s unbeaten 89 on the last day in Brisbane that guided India to a sensational three-wicket victory over Australia, sees him attain a career-best 13th position to become the top-ranked wicketkeeper in the batting rankings. South Africa’s Quinton de Kock is the next wicketkeeper in the list in 15th position.

Performances in the classic Test in Brisbane resulted in quite a few other interesting changes as well.

Australia batsman Marnus Labuschagne’s first-innings century took him past Virat Kohli to third position with a career-best 878 rating points, captain Tim Paine moved up three spots to 42nd after scores of 50 and 27 while fast bowler Josh Hazlewood leapfrogged New Zealander Tim Southee to the fourth spot after grabbing six wickets in the match, including a haul of five for 57 in the first innings.


For India, Shubman Gill continued his upward trajectory, moving from 68th to 47th after a crucial 91 in the second innings, Pujara progressed one place to seventh position after his dogged effort and Mohammad Siraj jumped 32 places to 45th position after taking six wickets in the match, including a five-wicket haul in the second innings.

Debutant Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur too had something to cheer about after useful efforts with both bat and ball. Sundar entered the rankings in 82nd (batting) and 97th (bowling) positions, while Thakur reentered the batting list in 113th position and the bowling list in 65th position.

England spinners Jack Leach and Dominic Bess made notable progress after their five-wicket hauls in Galle. Leach’s second innings return of five for 122 lifted him three places to 40th while Bess’s first innings analysis of five for 30 took him from 67th to 50th. Jonny Bairstow (up five places to 58th in batting) and Sam Curran (up two places to 39th in bowling) also gained.

For Sri Lanka, Lahiru Thirimanne’s second innings century helped him progress 12 places to 87th position while left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya (up six places to 47th) and medium pace bowler Asitha Fernando (up 11 places to 96th) were the main gainers.

ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 20 January 2020, after the Brisbane and Galle Tests):

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank(+/–)PlayerTeamPtsAvgeHighest Rating
1(-)Kane WilliamsonNZ91954.31919 v Pak at Christchurch 2021
2(-)Steve SmithAus89161.80947 v SA at Durban 2018
3(+1)Marnus LabuschagneAus878*!60.80878 v India at Brisbane 2021
4(-1)Virat KohliIndia86253.41937 v Eng at Southampton 2018
5(+6)Joe RootEng78348.80917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015
6(-1)Babar AzamPak78144.44800 v Ban at Rawalpindi 2020
7(+1)Cheteshwar PujaraInd76047.74888 v SL at Nagpur 2017
8(-2)Ben StokesEng75237.84827 v WI at Old Trafford 2020
9(-2)Ajinkya RahaneInd74842.58825 v NZ at Indore 2016
10(-1)Henry NichollsNZ74743.91778 v Ban at Wellington 2019

Other selected rankings

Rank(+/–)PlayerTeamPtsAvgeHighest Rating
13(-13)Rishabh PantInd691*!43.52691 v Aus at Brisbane 2021
42(-3)Tim PaineAus55532.63592 v India at Adelaide 2020
47=(+9)Kusal PereraSL533*32.13559 v SA at Port Elizabeth 2019
 (-21)Shubman GillInd533*!51.80533 v Aus at Brisbane 2021
58(+5)Jonny BairstowEng50035.14772 v SA at Old Trafford 2017
82(NEW)W SundarInd403*!42.00403 v Aus at Brisbane 2021
87(+12)L ThirimanneSL37723.74India at Colombo (PSS) 2015
92(+7)C GreenAus368*!33.71India at Brisbane 2021
113=(RE)Shardul ThakurInd276*!36.50276 v Aus at Brisbane 2021

Bowlers (top 10)

Rank(+/–)PlayerTeamPtsAvgeHighest Rating
1(-)Pat CumminsAus90821.59914 v Eng at Old Trafford 2019
2(-)Stuart BroadEng84727.56SA at Johannesburg 2016
3(-)Neil WagnerNZ82526.32859 v Aus at Melbourne 2019
4(+1)J HazlewoodAus81625.65864 v India at Bengaluru 2017
5(-1)Tim SoutheeNZ81128.70826 v Pak at Mount Maunganui 2020
6(-)Kagiso RabadaSA78622.95902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018
7(-)J AndersonEng77326.79903 v India at Lord’s 2018
8(+1)R AshwinInd76025.53904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016
9(+1)Jasprit BumrahInd757*21.59834 v WI at Jamaica 2019
10(+1)Jason HolderWI75327.94862 v Eng at Southampton 2020

Other selected rankings

Rank(+/–)PlayerTeamPtsAvgeHighest Rating
39(+2)Sam CurranEng421*!31.67421 v SL at Galle 2021
40(+3)Jack LeachEng417*29.10450 v Aus at The Oval 2019
45=(+32)M SirajInd360*!29.53360 v Aus at Brisbane 2021
47(+6)L EmbuldeniyaSL349*!39.97349 v Eng at Galle 2021
50(+17)Dominic BessEng333*!33.37333 v SL at Galle 2021
65(RE)Shardul ThakurInd249*!23.42249 v Aus at Brisbane 2021
96(+11)A FernandoSL100*!31.25100 v Eng at Galle 2021
97(NEW)W SundarInd97*!42.2597 v Aus at Brisbane 2021
65(RE)Shardul ThakurInd249*!23.42249 v Aus at Brisbane 2021

All-rounders (top five)

Rank(+/–)PlayerTeamPtsHighest Rating
1(+)Ben StokesEng436497 v WI at Old Trafford 2020
2(+1)Jason HolderWI423485 v Eng at Southampton 2020
3(-1)R JadejaInd419438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017
4(-)S Al HasanBan366489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017
5(-)Kyle JamiesonNZ293*/*!293 v Pak at Christchurch 2021
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