Joe Root rockets into top five in the latest ICC Test Rankings for batsmen

Joe Root rockets into top five in the latest ICC Test Rankings for batsmen

Virat Kohli has been dropped to the fourth position.

Joe Root
Joe Root. (Photo Source: Twitter)

England captain Joe Root and India wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant have made considerable gains in the MRF Tyres 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.

Shubman Gill went up 19 places to 47th place

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 Mohammed 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.

Here are latest ICC Rankings

Top 10 batsmen

Rank Player Country Rating Points
1 Kane Williamson New Zealand 919
2 Steve Smith Australia 891
3 Marnus Labuschagne Australia 878
4 Virat Kohli India 862
5 Joe Root England 783
6 Babar Azam Pakistan 781
7 Cheteshwar Pujara India 760
8 Ben Stokes England 752
9 Ajinkya Rahane India 748
10 Henry Nicholls New Zealand 747
13 Rishabh Pant India 691

Top 10 bowlers

Rank Player Country Rating Points
1 Pat Cummins Australia 908
2 Stuart Broad England 847
3 Neil Wagner New Zealand 825
4 Josh Hazlewood Australia 816
5 Tim Southee New Zealand 811
6 Kagiso Rabada South Africa 786
7 James Anderson England 773
8 Ravi Ashwin India 760
9 Jasprit Bumrah India 757
10 Jason Holder West Indies 753

Top 5 All-Rounders

Rank Player Country Rating Points
1 Ben Stokes England 436
2 Jason Holder West Indies 423
3 Ravindra Jadeja India 419
4 Shakib Al Hasan Bangladesh 366
5 Kyle Jamieson New Zealand 293