India batsman Rohit Sharma became the first player to score a century in each innings of his maiden Test as opener against the Proteas and has reached a career-best 17th position in the ICC Test Player Rankings.
Sharma, who slammed three previous centuries in Tests, has gained a whopping 36 slots after his knocks of 176 and 127 in the first Test against South Africa in Visakhapatnam helped India win by 203 runs and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
Sharma’s able partner
Mayank Agarwal, Sharma’s opening partner, also reached a career-best position after his first innings double-century lifted him 38 places to 25th.
Skipper Virat Kohli dropped below the 900-point mark for the first time since January 2018. He is now on 899 points, 38 behind top-ranked Steve Smith. Smith enjoyed a superb Ashes series, nearly single-handedly ensuring Australia retained the urn.
For the Proteas centurions Quinton de Kock and Dean Elgar have progressed in the rankings. De Kock is back into the top 10 after gaining four places and moving to seventh while Elgar has moved five places and is in 14th position. De Kock is the only Proteas batsman in the top ten.
Ravichandran Ashwin made a comeback to the top 10 Test Bowlers after his match haul of eight wickets, which included figures of seven for 145 in the first innings. The formerly top-ranked bowler has moved up four places from 14th position and also into the top five among all-rounders.
Seamer Mohammad Shami has reached a career-best 710 points that took him from 18th to 16th, two below his career-best 14th rank, while Ravindra Jadeja has leapfrogged Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan to take the second position among all-rounders.
India have gained 40 points in the ICC World Test Championship table after the win at Visakhapatnam and are now on 160 points after having won a full 120 points for a 2-0 series win in the West Indies. New Zealand and Sri Lanka are on 60 points each after their 1-1 series draw while Australia and England are on 56 each with their 2-2 series draw in a five-match series.
WTC points are evenly distributed over the number of matches in a series (two to five). Test series lengths are decided by the Member countries as per their bilateral agreements. Thus, the points can vary from 60 for each match of a two-Test series to 24 for each match of a five-Test series.
Rankings update issued by icc-cricket.com – editing and additional reporting from James Richardson.
ICC Test Rankings
ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 7 October 2019)
Batsmen (top 10)
|1||( – )||Steve Smith||Aus||937||64.56||947 v SA at Durban 2018|
|2||( – )||Virat Kohli||India||899||53.12||937 v Eng at Southampton 2018|
|3||( – )||K Williamson||NZ||878||49.75||915 v Ban at Hamilton 2019|
|4||( – )||C Pujara||India||818||44.25||888 v SL at Nagpur 2017|
|5||( – )||Henry Nicholls||NZ||749||47.91||778 v Ban at Wellington 2019|
|6||( – )||Joe Root||Eng||731||39.82||917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015|
|7||(+4)||Q de Kock||SA||729||44.03||802 v NZ at Hamilton 2017|
|8||( – )||Tom Latham||NZ||724!||39.82||724 v SL at Colombo (PSS) 2019|
|9||( – )||D Karunaratne||SL||723||44.03||754 v SA at Colombo (SSC) 2018|
|10||(-3)||Ajinkya Rahane||India||719||36.93||825 v NZ at Indore 2016|
Other selected rankings
|14||(+5)||Dean Elgar||SA||676||39.71||784 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018|
|17||(+36)||Rohit Sharma||India||650!||44.95||650 v SA at Visakhapatnam 2019|
|25=||(+38)||M Agarwal||India||620*!||55.22||620 v SA at Visakhapatnam 2019|
|52||(+2)||R Jadeja||India||524!||33.26||524 v SA at Visakhapatnam 2019|
Bowlers (top 10)
|1||( – )||Pat Cummins||Aus||908||21.45||914 v Eng at Old Trafford 2019|
|2||( – )||Kagiso Rabada||SA||828||22.25||902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018|
|3||( – )||Jasprit Bumrah||India||827*||19.24||835 v WI at Jamaica 2019|
|4||( – )||Jason Holder||WI||814!||27.26||814 v India at Jamaica 2019|
|5||( – )||V Philander||SA||811||21.85||912 v India at Johannesburg 2013|
|6||( – )||J Anderson||Eng||798||26.94||903 v India at Lord’s 2018|
|7||( – )||Trent Boult||NZ||795||27.35||825 v Eng at Lord’s 2015|
|8||( – )||Neil Wagner||NZ||785||27.51||801 v Ban at Wellington 2019|
|9||( – )||Kemar Roach||WI||780!||26.94||780 v India at Jamaica 2019|
|10=||(+4)||R Ashwin||India||770||25.39||904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016|
Other selected rankings
|16=||(+2)||M Shami||India||710!||28.45||710 v SA at Visakhapatnam 2019|
All-rounders (top five)
|1||( – )||Jason Holder||WI||472!||472 v India at Jamaica 2019|
|2||(+1)||R Jadeja||India||398||438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017|
|3||(-1)||S Al Hasan||Ban||397||489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017|
|4||( – )||Ben Stokes||Eng||387||411 v Aus at Headingley 2019|
|5||(+1)||R Ashwin||India||319||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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