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Sharma’s demolition of Proteas lifts him to career-high ranking

India batsman Rohit Sharma became the first player to score a century in each innings of his maiden Test as opener against the Proteas and has reached a career-best 17th position in the ICC Test Player Rankings.

Sharma, who slammed three previous centuries in Tests, has gained a whopping 36 slots after his knocks of 176 and 127 in the first Test against South Africa in Visakhapatnam helped India win by 203 runs and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Sharma’s able partner

Mayank Agarwal, Sharma’s opening partner, also reached a career-best position after his first innings double-century lifted him 38 places to 25th. 

Skipper Virat Kohli dropped below the 900-point mark for the first time since January 2018. He is now on 899 points, 38 behind top-ranked Steve Smith. Smith enjoyed a superb Ashes series, nearly single-handedly ensuring Australia retained the urn.

For the Proteas centurions Quinton de Kock and Dean Elgar have progressed in the rankings. De Kock is back into the top 10 after gaining four places and moving to seventh while Elgar has moved five places and is in 14th position. De Kock is the only Proteas batsman in the top ten.

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The Proteas’s Quinton de Kock raises his bat after scoring 100 runs during the third day’s play of the first Test match between India and South Africa’s Proteas at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam on October 4, 2019. NOAH SEELAM / AFP

Ravichandran Ashwin made a comeback to the top 10 Test Bowlers after his match haul of eight wickets, which included figures of seven for 145 in the first innings. The formerly top-ranked bowler has moved up four places from 14th position and also into the top five among all-rounders.

Seamer Mohammad Shami has reached a career-best 710 points that took him from 18th to 16th, two below his career-best 14th rank, while Ravindra Jadeja has leapfrogged Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan to take the second position among all-rounders.

India have gained 40 points in the ICC World Test Championship table after the win at Visakhapatnam and are now on 160 points after having won a full 120 points for a 2-0 series win in the West Indies. New Zealand and Sri Lanka are on 60 points each after their 1-1 series draw while Australia and England are on 56 each with their 2-2 series draw in a five-match series.

WTC points are evenly distributed over the number of matches in a series (two to five). Test series lengths are decided by the Member countries as per their bilateral agreements. Thus, the points can vary from 60 for each match of a two-Test series to 24 for each match of a five-Test series.

Rankings update issued by – editing and additional reporting from James Richardson.

ICC Test Rankings

ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 7 October 2019)

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank(+/-) Player TeamPtsAvgeHighest Rating
1( – )Steve SmithAus93764.56947 v SA at Durban 2018
2( – )Virat KohliIndia89953.12937 v Eng at Southampton 2018
3( – )K WilliamsonNZ87849.75915 v Ban at Hamilton 2019
4( – )C PujaraIndia81844.25888 v SL at Nagpur 2017
5( – )Henry NichollsNZ74947.91778 v Ban at Wellington 2019
6( – )Joe RootEng73139.82917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015
7(+4)Q de KockSA72944.03802 v NZ at Hamilton 2017
8( – )Tom LathamNZ724!39.82724 v SL at Colombo (PSS) 2019
9( – )D KarunaratneSL72344.03754 v SA at Colombo (SSC) 2018
10(-3)Ajinkya RahaneIndia71936.93825 v NZ at Indore 2016

Other selected rankings

Rank(+/-) Player TeamPtsAvgeHighest Rating
14(+5)Dean ElgarSA67639.71784 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018
17(+36) Rohit SharmaIndia650!44.95650 v SA at Visakhapatnam 2019
25=(+38)M AgarwalIndia620*!55.22620 v SA at Visakhapatnam 2019
52(+2)R JadejaIndia524!33.26524 v SA at Visakhapatnam 2019

Bowlers (top 10)

Rank(+/-)PlayerTeamPtsAvgeHighest Rating
1( – )Pat Cummins Aus90821.45914 v Eng at Old Trafford 2019
2( – )Kagiso RabadaSA82822.25902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018
3( – )Jasprit BumrahIndia827*19.24835 v WI at Jamaica 2019
4( – )Jason HolderWI814!27.26814 v India at Jamaica 2019
5( – )V PhilanderSA81121.85912 v India at Johannesburg 2013
6( – )J AndersonEng79826.94903 v India at Lord’s 2018
7( – )Trent BoultNZ79527.35825 v Eng at Lord’s 2015
8( – )Neil WagnerNZ78527.51801 v Ban at Wellington 2019
9( – )Kemar Roach WI780!26.94780 v India at Jamaica 2019
10=(+4)R AshwinIndia77025.39904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016

Other selected rankings

Rank(+/-)PlayerTeamPtsAvgeHighest Rating
16=(+2)M ShamiIndia710!28.45710 v SA at Visakhapatnam 2019

All-rounders (top five)

Rank(+/-) PlayerTeamPtsHighest Rating
1( – )Jason HolderWI472!472 v India at Jamaica 2019
2(+1)R JadejaIndia398438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017
3(-1)S Al HasanBan397489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017
4( – )Ben StokesEng387411 v Aus at Headingley 2019
5(+1)R AshwinIndia319492 v Eng at Mohali 2016

*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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