New highs for Shami and Agarwal in Test rankings

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Mohammed Shami and Mayank Agarwal played starring roles in India’s big win over Bangladesh in the first Test in Indore.

    • Liton, Abu Jayed move up for Bangladesh after Indore Test

India fast bowler Mohammed Shami and opening batsman Mayank Agarwal have reached career-best positions in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings after contributing in an innings and 130-run victory over Bangladesh in the first Test in Indore.

Shami’s bowling figures of three for 27 and four for 31 have lifted him eight places to seventh position. His 790 rating points are the third best for an India pace bowler with only Kapil Dev (877) and Jasprit Bumrah (832) having recorded more points.

Agarwal has reached 11th position after his player of the match effort of 243 in India’s only innings. The 28-year-old has reached 691 rating points after scoring 858 runs in his first eight Tests. Only seven players have scored more runs than him in their first eight Tests – Don Bradman (1210), Everton Weekes (968), Sunil Gavaskar (938), Mark Taylor (906), George Headley (904), Frank Worrell (890) and Herbert Sutcliffe (872).

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In other significant movements for India after they secured a 1-0 lead in the two-Test series, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has advanced four slots to reach joint-35th position among batsmen while fast bowlers Ishant Sharma (20th) and Umesh Yadav (22nd) have moved up one slot each. Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin remains among the top 10 bowlers while moving back to fourth position among all-rounders.

For Bangladesh, Mushfiqur Rahim’s knocks of 43 and 64 have helped him gain five places and reach 30th position while Liton Das has moved up from 92nd to 86th position. Among bowlers, fast bowler Abu Jayed, who took four wickets in Indore, has advanced 18 slots to take 62nd position after only six Tests.

Meanwhile, India strengthened their position in the ICC World Test Championship standings by reaching 300 points. They are yet to concede a point, having gained a full 120 points each in their three-Test home series against South Africa and two-Test series in the West Indies.

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Each Test of the ongoing two-match series is worth 60 points since the 120 points up for grab in a series are evenly distributed over the number of matches in a series. The points range from 60 points for each match of a two-Test series to 24 for each match of a five-Test series.

Sri Lanka and New Zealand are on 60 points each after drawing their two-match series 1-1 while England and Australia are on 56 each after their five-match Ashes series ended 2-2. The West Indies and South Africa failed to get any points in their opening series.

Pakistan will play their first WTC series against Australia starting later this week. The first match of the two-Test series starts in Brisbane on Thursday while the second Test, a day-night fixture, will be played in Adelaide from 29 November.

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The top two teams at the end of the league will play the final in the UK in June 2021 with the winners crowned the World Test Champions.

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 17 November, after the Indore Test)

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank                                (+/-) Player Team Pts Avge Highest Rating
1 ( – ) Steve Smith Aus 937 64.56 947 v SA at Durban 2018
2 ( – ) Virat Kohli India 912 54.35 937 v Eng at Southampton 2018
3 ( – ) K Williamson NZ 878 52.22 915 v Ban at Hamilton 2019
4 ( – ) C Pujara India 790 49.43 888 v SL at Nagpur 2017
5 ( – ) A Rahane India 759 43.66 825 v NZ at Indore 2016
6 ( – ) Henry Nicholls NZ 749 44.25 778 v Ban at Wellington 2019
7 ( – ) Joe Root Eng 731 47.91 917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015
8 ( – ) Tom Latham NZ 724! 44.03 724 v SL at Colombo (PSS) 2019
9 ( – ) D Karunaratne SL 723 36.93 754 v SA at Colombo (SSC) 2018
10 ( – ) Rohit Sharma India 701 47.11 722 v SA at Ranchi 2019

Other selected rankings

Rank                                  (+/-) Player Team Pts Avge Highest Rating
11 (+7) M Agarwal India 691*! 71.50 691 v Ban at Indore 2019
30 (+5) M Rahim Ban 600 35.05 658 v Aus at Chittagong 2017
35= (+4) R Jadeja India 571! 35.92 571 v Ban at Indore 2019
86 (+6) Liton Das Ban 394* 24.00 398 v WI at Jamaica 2018

Bowlers (top 10)

Rank                           (+/-) Player Team Pts Avge Highest Rating
1 ( – ) Pat Cummins Aus 908 21.45 914 v Eng at Old Trafford 2019
2 ( – ) Kagiso Rabada SA 839 22.50 902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018
3 ( – ) Jason Holder WI 814! 27.26 814 v India at Jamaica 2019
4 ( – ) J Bumrah India 802* 19.24 835 v WI at Jamaica 2019
5 ( – ) J Anderson Eng 798 26.94 903 v India at Lord’s 2018
6 ( – ) Trent Boult NZ 795 27.35 825 v Eng at Lord’s 2015
7 (+8) M Shami India 790! 26.95 790 v Ban at Indore 2019
8 (-1) Neil Wagner NZ 785 27.51 801 v Ban at Wellington 2019
9 (-1) V Philander SA 783 22.16 912 v India at Johannesburg 2013
10= (-1) Kemar Roach WI 780! 26.94 780 v India at Jamaica 2019
( – ) R Ashwin India 780 25.31 904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016

Other selected rankings

Rank                        (+/-) Player Team Pts Avge Highest Rating
20 (+1) Ishant Sharma India 665 33.44 677 v WI at Jamaica 2019
21 (-1) Nathan Lyon Aus 657 32.30 774 v Eng at Adelaide 2017
22 (+1) Umesh Yadav India 623 31.45 624 v SA at Ranchi 2019
62= (+18) Abu Jayed Ban 257*! 36.06 257 v India at Indore 2019

All-rounders (top five)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Highest Rating
1 ( – ) Jason Holder WI 472! 472 v India at Jamaica 2019
2 ( – ) R Jadeja India 417 438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017
3 ( – ) Ben Stokes Eng 387 411 v Aus at Headingley 2019
4 (+1) R Ashwin India 318 492 v Eng at Mohali 2016
5 (-1) V Philander SA 315 377 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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