The latest ICC Test rankings have been released, and they show significant changes in the standings of players from various teams. One of the most notable changes is the rise of India Cricket Team’s Ravichandran Ashwin to the number one spot for Test bowlers.
In the opening match of the ICC World Test Championship between India and Australia, Ashwin took a combined 8 wickets to help India secure a surprising victory. His performance in the second innings was particularly impressive, as he took 5/37 to leave Australia reeling at 67/7. With this outstanding performance, Ashwin returned to the top place for the first time since 2017, and is now ranked No. 2 among Test bowlers, just 21 rating points behind Australia’s Pat Cummins.
Another Indian player who made a significant move in the rankings is all-rounder Axar Patel, who moved up six spots to seventh position in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Test All-Rounder Rankings. Patel’s highest Test score of 84 with patience at a tense 240/7 helped India secure a crucial lead in the second Test against England, which they eventually won by 10 wickets.
Rohit Sharma, the captain of India, also saw an improvement in his ranking, moving up from 10th to 8th in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Test Batting Rankings. This was in response to his game-changing century in Nagpur, where he scored an assured 120 to set the tone for the remainder of the game.
While Indian players made significant gains in the rankings, players from other teams also saw some notable changes. West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite moved up four spots to 21st after scoring 182 in the opening Test against Zimbabwe, while Tagenarine Chanderpaul, the opening batsman for the West Indies, improved even further, moving up 28 ranks to 58th after scoring a massive 207* in the same Test against Zimbabwe.
In contrast, David Warner and Usman Khawaja, Australia’s opening pair, both suffered significant drops in their rankings after two cheap dismissals in the opening Test against India. Khawaja slipped two spots to 10th after only making 1 and 5, while Warner dropped six spots to 20th after his scores of 1 and 10.
Overall, the latest ICC Test rankings show that performances in recent Test matches have had a significant impact on the standings of players from different teams. While Indian players have made significant gains in the rankings, players from other teams have also seen changes in their positions, both positive and negative. As the Test season continues, it will be interesting to see how these rankings evolve and which players will rise to the top.
ICC Test Rankings For Batsmen
ICC Test Rankings For Bowlers
ICC Test Rankings For All-Rounders