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Rohit Sharma attains career-best position in MRF Tyres ICC Men's Test player rankings

Rohit Sharma attains career-best position in MRF Tyres ICC Men's Test player rankings
Rohit Sharma attains career-best position in MRF Tyres ICC Men's Test player rankings
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India opener Rohit Sharma has progressed six places to a career-best eighth position in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings after a fine performance in the low-scoring third Test against England in Ahmedabad that the home side won by 10 wickets to take a 2-1 lead in the four-match series.

Rohit top-scored in the first innings with 66 and remained unbeaten on 25 in the second to move ahead of compatriot Cheteshwar Pujara among others. His rating points aggregate is 742, 20 more than his best of 722 in October 2019 when he was ranked 10th.

Player of the match Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin have also made solid gains after helping carve out a crucial win that helped India remain in contention for the ICC World Test Championship final. Left-arm spinner Patel’s 11-wicket match haul has helped him gain 30 slots to reach 38th position while off-spinner Ashwin’s seven wickets have lifted him four places to third position.

England spinner Jack Leach has entered the top 30 for the first time, moving up three places to 28th after taking four wickets. Captain Joe Root’s maiden five-wicket haul has lifted him 16 places to 72nd among bowlers while he is now joint-13th among all-rounders.

Opener Zak Crawley’s knock of 53 in the first innings has helped him advance 15 places to 46th in what was the only notable gain for any of their batsmen.

Meanwhile, the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings move to a weekly updating system from March 2021.

The women’s player rankings will be updated at 12h00 Dubai time (08h00 GMT) each Tuesday, which will include performances in all ODI and T20I matches completed till the previous day.

Similarly, the men’s player rankings will be updated at 12h00 Dubai time (08h00 GMT) on Wednesdays across all three formats and will include performances in matches completed by the previous day.

So, the first update under the weekly system will be on Tuesday, 2 March for women and Wednesday, 3 March for men.

The change will not impact the way the rankings are calculated but what it means is that instead of rankings being updated at the end of a series (in ODIs and T20Is) or a Test match, they may be updated while a series or match is ongoing without performances in those matches being considered.

The change is being brought about to bring regularity to the ranking updates for both men and women, ensuring that fans know when to expect the latest updates.

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 28 February 2021, after the third India-England Test in Ahmedabad)

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Avge Highest Rating
1 ( - ) K Williamson NZ 919! 54.31 919 v Pak at Christchurch 2021
2 ( - ) Steve Smith Aus 891 61.8 947 v SA at Durban 2018
3 ( - ) M Labuschagne Aus 878*! 60.8 878 v India at Brisbane 2021
4 ( - ) Joe Root Eng 853 49.6 917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015
5 ( - ) Virat Kohli India 836 52.74 937 v Eng at Southampton 2018
6 ( - ) Babar Azam Pak 760 44.22 800 v Ban at Rawalpindi 2020
7 ( - ) Henry Nicholls NZ 747 43.91 778 v Ban at Wellington 2019
8 (+6) Rohit Sharma India 742 ! 46.65 742 v Eng at Ahmedabad 2021
9 ( - ) David Warner Aus 724 48.09 880 v NZ at Perth 2015
10 (-2) C Pujara India 708 46.81 888 v SL at Nagpur 2017


Other selected rankings

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Avge Highest Rating
46 (+15) Zak Crawley Eng 537* 37.16 605 v Pak at Southampton 2020


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 ( - ) Neil Wagner NZ 825 26.32 859 v Aus at Melbourne 2019
3 (+4) R Ashwin India 823 24.95 904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016
4 ( - ) J Hazlewood Aus 816 25.65 864 v India at Bengaluru 2017
5 ( - ) Tim Southee NZ 811 28.7 826 v Pak at Mount Maunganui 2020
6 (-3) J Anderson Eng 809 26.52 903 v India at Lord's 2018
7 (-1) Stuart Broad Eng 800 27.71 880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016
8 (+1) Kagiso Rabada SA 753 23.36 902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018
9 (-1) Jasprit Bumrah India 746* 22.1 834 v WI at Jamaica 2019
10 ( - ) Mitchell Starc Aus 744 27.57 807 v NZ at Perth 2019


Other selected rankings

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Avge Highest Rating
28 (+3) Jack Leach Eng 578*! 29.5 578 v India at Ahmedabad 2021
38 (+30) Axar Patel India 469*! 9.44 469 v Eng at Ahmedabad 2021
72 (+16) Joe Root Eng 241*! 41.83 241 v India at Ahmedabad 2021


All-rounders (top five)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Highest Rating
1 ( - ) Jason Holder WI 407 485 v Eng at Southampton 2020
2 ( - ) R Jadeja India 394 438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017
3 ( - ) Ben Stokes Eng 384 497 v WI at Old Trafford 2020
4 ( - ) S Al Hasan Ban 352 489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017
5 ( - ) R Ashwin India 346 492 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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