ICC announces latest Test rankings: Post the climax of the England-India series, ICC has announced latest Test rankings for batsmen, bowlers and all-rounders.
After announcing the Test rankings for teams, ICC (International Cricket Council) has now announced the updated list of rankings for batsmen, bowlers and all-rounders, which has seen several changes being made to all the three list.
Alastair Cook, who retired from international cricket as England’s highest Test run-scorer yesterday, was seen entering the Top 10 in the batsmen’s rankings, becoming one of the few batsmen to end his international career in the list of Top 10 batsmen. The 33-year old southpaw jumped 11 positions to reach this position.
Cook, who failed to make much of an impact throughout the series, ended the series and his international career after scoring his 33rd Test century. In a match where he scored 218 runs, Cook was awarded the ‘Man of the Match’ award as well.
England captain Joe Root, who scored a century after more than a year in the second innings of the last Test, also moved a place up the rankings to the No. 4 spot, replacing David Warner.
Virat Kohli, who ended the series as the highest run-scorer (593 runs in five matches at an average of 59.30), remained successful to retain his No. 1 spot. He had reached the top of the rankings during this series itself. Having started the series at No. 2, Kohli had replaced Steven Smith from the tour in the midst of the series.
Lokesh Rahul and Rishabh Pant, who scored individual hundreds yesterday, moved up the ranks. In the big leaps that they made, Rahul moved to the 19th position (from 35th), whereas Pant moved to 111th spot (from 174).
In the bowlers’ list, James Anderson continued to remain as the No. 1 bowler. Having ended the series as the highest wicket-taker (24 wickets in five matches at an average of 18.12 and a strike rate of 45.9), Anderson was expected to retain his spot.
Ravindra Jadeja, who made a stellar comeback into the playing eleven in the last Test, moved one position up the list in the rankings of ICC rankings for the all-rounders. At No. 2, he is just a position below Shakib Al Hasan. However, the difference between the both of them is 37 points.