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Joe Root moves to third in Test Rankings after Chennai double century

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England captain Joe Root’s match-winning 218 in the first Test against India has helped him advance two places to third position.

He has overtaken counterpart Virat Kohli in the process, while debutant West Indies batsman Kyle Mayers and Pakistan fast bowler Hasan Ali provide much delight to their fans in the updated MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings.

Root, who helped his team to a memorable 227-run victory in Chennai that kept England in contention for the ICC World Test Championship final, has reached 883 rating points, his highest since September 2017, after a fabulous run in the sub-continent has seen him accumulate 684 runs in three Tests, two of which were in Sri Lanka.

Ahead of Kohli for the first time since November 2017, Root is now 36 points behind top-ranked Kane Williamson and trails Steve Smith by only eight points. With Marnus Labuschagne also in the mix, competition for the top five slots is intense with all of them above 850 rating points.

Opener Dom Sibley is another England batsman to gain in the latest rankings update, his knocks of 87 and 16 helping him gain 11 places and reach 35th position, while their players also made the way up in the bowling rankings presently led by Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins.

Formerly top-ranked James Anderson is up to third from sixth and only four points behind compatriot Stuart Broad, a fellow-member of the 500-wicket club. Anderson is at his highest ranking since the start of the ICC World Test Championship while spinners Jack Leach and Dominic Bess are both at career-best rating points, moving up to 37th and 41st positions, respectively.

For India, Rishabh Pant’s knock of 91 in the first innings has helped him become the first full-time wicketkeeper from his country to reach 700 rating points as he retained 13th position among batsmen. Shubman Gill has progressed seven places to 40th position while all-rounder Washington Sundar is in 81st place after moving up two slots. Left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem too has gained two places to reach 85th position among bowlers.

Mayers, whose scores of 40 and 210 not out helped script an epic win in the first Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong, has entered the rankings in 70th position with 448 rating points, the best by a West Indian batsman on debut and the second-best ever on debut after RE Foster, who was on 449 rating points back in 1903 after scoring 287 on debut for England against Australia in Sydney.

Others to gain for the West Indies include captain Kraigg Brathwaite (up eight places to 53rd) among batsmen and the spin pair of Jomel Warrican (up 14 places to 62nd) and Rahkeem Cornwall (up six places to 65th).

For Bangladesh, captain Mominul Haque’s 10th Test century has lifted him eight places to 33rd. All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has gained four slots to reach 30th position among batsmen while off-spinner Mehidy Hasan has progressed from 28th to 24th position.

Pakistan completing a 2-0 sweep over South Africa is followed with good news from the rankings perspective as well, especially with regard to fast bowling.

Hasan Ali’s 10-wicket match haul that earned him the Player of the Match award, has lifted him a huge 21 places to 32nd position. With two other fast bowlers – Mohammad Abbas in 12th place and Shaheen Afridi on 30th (after gaining four places), their fast-bowling unit is arguably the strongest since 2007, when Mohammad Asif, Shoaib Akhtar and Umar Gul were all ranked in the top 20.

Among their batsmen, player of the series Mohammad Rizwan has attained a career-best 16th place after scores of 26 and 115 helped him make a leap of 19 places in the list. Babar Azam has moved ahead of India’s premier Test batsman Cheteshwar Pujara while Faheem Ashraf and Fawad Alam too have continued their ascent.

Faheem had scores of 78 not out and 29 in the second Test, which lifted him from 66th to 47th position while Fawad has gained four places to reach 74th position after aggregating 57 runs in the two innings.

South Africa’s Aiden Markram has advanced from 23rd to 14th position after scoring 32 and 44 not out while Temba Bavuma is in 49th position from 61st with 108 and 61 in his two innings. Anrich Nortje (up five places to 33rd) and George Linde (up 36 places to 74) have moved up among bowlers.

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 10 February, after the Chennai, Chittagong and Rawalpindi Tests):

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank (+/–) Player Team Pts Avge Highest Rating
1 (-) Kane Williamson NZ 919! 54.31 919 v Pak at Christchurch 2021
2 (-) Steve Smith Aus 891 61.80 947 v SA at Durban 2018
3 (+2) Joe Root Eng 883 50.33 917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015
4 (-1) Marnus Labuschagne Aus 878*! 60.80 878 v Ind at Brisbane 2021
5 (-1) Virat Kohli Ind 852 53.24 937 v Eng at Southampton 2018
6 (+1) Babar Azam Pak 760 44.22 800 v Ban at Rawalpindi 2020
7 (-1) Cheteshwar Pujara Ind 754 47.68 888 v SL at Nagpur 2017
8 (+1) Henry Nicholls NZ 747 43.91 778 v Ban at Wellington 2019
9 (+1) Ben Stokes Eng 746 37.95 827 v WI at Old Trafford 2020
10 (+1) David Warner Aus 724 48.09 880 v NZ at Perth 2015

 

Other selected rankings

Rank (+/–) Player Team Pts Avge Highest Rating
14 (+9) Aiden Markram SA 673 40.93 759 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018
16= (+19) Mohammad Rizwan Pak 667*! 44.35 667 v SA at Rawalpindi 2021
30= (+4) S Al Hasan Ban 584 39.69 694 v Aus at Mirpur 2017
33 (+8) Mominul Haque Ban 579 41.68 661 v Pak at Mirpur 2015
35= (+11) Dom Sibley Eng 571* 37.00 575 v Pak at Southampton 2020
40 (+7) Shubman Gill Ind 562*! 48.28 562 v Eng at Chennai 2021
47 (+19) Faheem Ashraf Pak 547*! 41.25 547 v SA at Rawalpindi 2021
49 (+12) Temba Bavuma SA 529 32.26 627 v Pak at Cape Town 2019
53 (+8) K Brathwaite WI 512 32.67 701 v Eng at Headingley 2017
70= (NEW) Kyle Mayers WI 448*! 250.00 448 v Ban at Chittagong 2021
74 (+4) Fawad Alam Pak 439* 38.00 445 v SL at Colombo (PSS) 2009
81= (+2) W Sundar Ind 413*! 56.33 413 v Eng at Chennai 2021
88 (NEW) N Bonner WI 395*! 51.50 395 v Ban at Chittagong 2021

 

Bowlers (top 10)

Rank (+/–) Player Team Pts Avge Highest Rating
1 (-) Pat Cummins Aus 908 21.59 914 v Eng at Old Trafford 2019
2 (-) Stuart Broad Eng 830 27.56 880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016
3 (+3) James Anderson Eng 826 26.49 903 v Ind at Lord's 2018
4 (-1) Neil Wagner NZ 825 26.32 859 v Aus at Melbourne 2019
5 (-1) Josh Hazlewood Aus 816 25.65 864 v Ind at Bengaluru 2017
6 (-1) Tim Southee NZ 811 28.70 826 v Pak at Mount Maunganui 2020
7 (+1) R Ashwin Ind 771 25.47 904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016
8 (+1) Jasprit Bumrah Ind 769* 21.87 834 v WI at Jamaica 2019
9 (-2) Kagiso Rabada SA 753 23.36 902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018
10 (-) Jason Holder WI 745 27.94 862 v Eng at Southampton 2020

 

Other selected rankings

Rank (+/–) Player Team Pts Avge Highest Rating
24 (+4) Mehidy Hasan Ban 610* 32.16 696 v WI at Dhaka 2018
30 (+4) Shaheen Afridi Pak 529*! 32.33 529 v SA at Rawalpindi 2021
32 (+21) Hasan Ali Pak 499*! 26.32 499 v SA at Rawalpindi 2021
33 (+5) Anrich Nortje SA 493*! 29.84 493 v Pak at Rawalpindi 2021
37 (+3) Jack Leach Eng 473*! 30.46 473 v Ind at Chennai 2021
41 (+4) Dominic Bess Eng 439*! 32.00 439 v Ind at Chennai 2021
61 RE Mustafizur Rahman Ban 287* 36.73 396 v SA at Potchefstroom 2017
62 (+14) Jomel Warrican WI 279*! 36.62 279 v Ban at Chittagong 2021
65 (+6) Rahkeem Cornwall WI 267* 36.27 364 v Afg at Lucknow 2019
74 (+36) George Linde SA 227*! 28.00 227 v Pak at Rawalpindi 2021
85 (+2) Shahbaz Nadeem Ind 178*! 34.12 178 v Eng at Chennai 2021

 

All-rounders (top five)

Rank (+/–) Player Team Pts Highest Rating
1 (-) Ben Stokes Eng 428 497 v WI at Old Trafford 2020
2 (-) Jason Holder WI 414 485 v Eng at Southampton 2020
3 (-) R Jadeja Ind 410 438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017
4 (-) S Al Hasan Ban 359 489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017
5 (-) Kyle Jamieson NZ 293*/*! 293 v Pak at Christchurch 2021

 

*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