Kane Williamson closes in on Kohli at top of Test rankings

Kane Williamson closes in on Kohli at top of Test rankings
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New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has reached a career-best 915 rating points after an unbeaten double-century in the first Test against Bangladesh in Hamilton, which was the centerpiece of a victory by an innings and 52 runs.

Williamson’s 200 not out, which earned him the Player of the Match award, has lifted him from 897 points to within seven points of India captain Virat Kohli, who is perched at the top of the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings with 922 points. With two more Tests to go in the series, Williamson has a chance to regain the top spot, which he occupied briefly towards the end of 2015.

Williamson’s rating points are the highest by any New Zealander in Test cricket with Richard Hadlee the only other player from his country to cross the 900-point mark with a best of 909 points in bowling.

Openers Tom Latham and Jeet Raval have also made good progress after their centuries in Hamilton. Latham’s score of 161 has lifted him one place to a career-best 11th position and just three points shy of South Africa’s Faf du Plessis, who is in 10th place with 702 points. Raval’s maiden century, after seven fifties, has helped him gain five slots and reach 33rd position.

Among their bowlers, the pair of Trent Boult (down two places to eighth) and Tim Southee (ninth) remain in the top 10 while Neil Wagner is also moving in the right direction, gaining three places and reaching 11th position after finishing with seven wickets in the match, including a five-wicket haul in the first innings.

For Bangladesh, left-handed opener Tamim Iqbal has gained 11 slots to reach 25th position after scores of 126 and 74, overtaking Shakib Al Hasan to become the top-ranked batsman from his country in this format. Mahmudullah has moved up 12 places to reach a career-best 40th after scoring 22 and 146 while Soumya Sarkar’s one and 149 in Hamilton have lifted him 25 places to 67th position.

Mahmudullah has also gained three places to reach 63rd position among bowlers.

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 4 March, after the Hamilton Test)

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Pts

Avge

Highest Rating

1

( - )

Virat Kohli

India

922

53.76

937 v Eng at Southampton 2018

2

( - )

K. Williamson

NZ

915!

53.20

915 v Ban at Hamilton 2019

3

( - )

C. Pujara

India

881

51.18

888 v SL at Nagpur 2017

4

( - )

Steve Smith

Aus

857

61.37

947 v SA at Durban 2018

5

( - )

Joe Root

Eng

763

49.51

917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

6

(+1)

David Warner

Aus

756

48.20

880 v NZ at Perth 2015

7

(-2)

Henry Nicholls

NZ

755*

43.84

763 v SL at Christchurch 2018

8

( - )

Aiden Markram

SA

719*

43.80

759 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018

9

( - )

Q. de Kock

SA

718

39.31

802 v NZ at Hamilton 2017

10

( - )

Faf du Plessis

SA

702

42.95

734 v India at Centurion 2018

 

Other selected rankings

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Pts

Avge

Highest Rating

11

(+1)

Tom Latham

 NZ

699!   

43.25

699 v Ban at Hamilton 2019

25=

(+11)

Tamim Iqbal

 Ban

626

38.98

709 v Aus at Mirpur 2017

33

(+5)

Jeet Raval

 NZ

 591*   

38.29

614 v Win at Hamilton 2017

40=

(+12)

Mahmudullah

Ban

562!   

33.01

562 v NZ at Hamilton 2019

60

(+6)

C de Grandhomme NZ

NZ        

474* 

36.22

483 v Eng at Christchurch 2018

67

(+25)

Soumya Sarkar

 Ban

 449*   

30.75

489 v SL at Colombo (PSS) 2017

 

Bowlers (top 10) 

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Pts

Highest Rating

1

( - )

Pat Cummins

Aus

878*!

     22.02      878 v SL at Canberra 2019

2

( - )

J Anderson

Eng

862

     26.93      903 v India at Lord's 2018

3

( - )

Kagiso Rabada

SA

851

     21.77      902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018

4

( - )

V. Philander

SA

813

     21.64      912 v India at Johannesburg 2013

5

( - )

R Jadeja

India

794

     23.68      899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017

6=

(+1)

Jason Holder

WI

770*

     27.69      778 v Eng at Antigua 2019

     

(+1)

M. Abbas

Pak

770*

     18.86      838 v NZ at Abu Dhabi 2018

8

(-2)

Trent Boult

NZ

769

     27.97      825 v Eng at Lord's 2015

9

( - )

Tim Southee

NZ

766

     29.91      799 v Win at Jamaica 2014

10

( - )

R Ashwin

India

763

     25.43      904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016

 

Other selected rankings

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Pts

Avge

Highest Rating

11

(+3)

Neil Wagner

NZ

745

28.57

785 v Win at Wellington 2017

63

(+3)

Mahmudullah

Ban

243*

45.47

381 v Win at Grenada 2009

 

All-rounders (top five)

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Pts

Highest Rating

1

( - )

Jason Holder

WI

439/*

448 v Eng at Antigua 2019

2

( - )

S. Al Hasan

Ban

407

489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017

3

( - )

R. Jadeja

India

387

438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017

4

( - )

Ben Stokes

Eng

357

395 v Win at Lord's 2017

5

( - )

V. Philander

SA

326

377 v SL at Galle 2018

 

*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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