Rohit Sharma storms into top 10 batsmen in the latest ICC Test rankings

Virat Kohli lost a few rating points after his failure in Ranchi.

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Rohit Sharma has become the third India batsman to reach the top 10 in all three formats of the men’s game after a memorable series against South Africa in which he donned the new role of Test opener. Sharma emulated captain Virat Kohli and retired India opener Gautam Gambhir as his knock of 212 in the third Test in Ranchi helped him advance 12 places to 10th position in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings.

Sharma’s player of the series effort of 529 runs helped him make huge strides from 44th place before the series. Rohit Sharma has held a career-high ranking of second in ODIs (in February 2018) and seventh in T20Is (November 2018). Kohli has been number one in all three formats while Gambhir has been at the top in Tests and T20Is and eighth in ODIs.

Meanwhile, Ajinkya Rahane’s knock of 116 in Ranchi has helped him equal his career-high rank of fifth place, achieved earlier in November 2016. He remains the third-best Indian batsman in terms of Test rankings after Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara. With Mayank Agarwal in 18th position, India have finished the series with five batsmen in the top 20.

What about bowlers?

Fast bowlers Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav have ended the series with their highest-ever rating points tally. Shami is on 751 points and only one place below his career-best ranking of 14th achieved in March 2018, while Yadav is on 624 points, three below his best of 21st in July 2016.

For South Africa, George Linde has started in 104th  position among batsmen after scores of 37 and 27 and 99th among bowlers after finishing with four wickets. Ace bowler of India, Jasprit Bumrah has slipped to number four after missing out on playing the Test series against the Proteas. He is most likely to play Tests in New Zealand now and will also miss the upcoming Bangladesh series.

The other debutant in the game, Shahbaz Nadeem has started at 86th place in the ICC Rankings for the bowlers. Ravi Ashwin, meanwhile, has retained his 10th position despite not having a great outing in Ranchi Test.

Here are the latest ICC Test rankings:

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points
1 India 119
2 New Zealand 109
3 England 104
4 South Africa 102
5 Australia 99
6 Sri Lanka 95
7 Pakistan 84
8 West Indies 80
9 Bangladesh 61
10 Afghanistan 55
11 Zimbabwe 16
12 Ireland 0


Rank Player Team  Pts
1 Steve Smith Australia 937
2 Virat Kohli India 926
3 K Williamson New Zealand 878
4 C Pujara India 795
5 A Rahane India 751
6 Henry Nicholls New Zealand 749
7 Joe Root England 731
8 Tom Latham New Zealand 724!
9 D Karunaratne Sri Lanka 723
10 Rohit Sharma India 722!
104 George Linde South Africa 324


Rank Player Team Pts
1 Pat Cummins Australia 908
2 K Rabada South Africa 839
3 Jason Holder West Indies 814!
4 J Bumrah India 810*
5 J Anderson England 798
6 Trent Boult New Zealand 795
7 Neil Wagner New Zealand 785
8 V Philander South Africa 783
9 Kemar Roach West Indies 780!
10= R Ashwin India 770
M Abbas Pakistan 770*
15 M Shami India 751
24 U Yadav India 624
63 L Ngidi South Africa 257
86 S Nadeem India 152
99 G Linde South Africa 94


Rank Player Team Pts
1 Jason Holder West Indies 472!
2 R Jadeja India 419
3 S Al Hasan Bangladesh 397
4 Ben Stokes England 387
5 V Philander South Africa 315