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Wriddhiman Saha, Rohit Sharma and Luke Ronchi move up in Test batsmen’s rankings


Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Matt Henry make big gains in rankings for bowlers.

Ashwin is No.1 in the all-rounders rankings and No.3 in the bowler rankings

Wriddhiman Saha and Rohit Sharma of India, and Luke Ronchi of New Zealand have made notable gains in the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen after the second Test in Kolkata which India won by 178 runs to take a winning 2-0 lead and assure itself of the number-one Test team ranking at the end of the three-match series.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Saha’s unbeaten knocks of 54 and 58 not only earned him the player of the match award but has also propelled him 18 places to 56th position in the list of batsmen led by Australia captain Steve Smith.

Sharma, whose crucial second-innings contribution of 82 helped India set a challenging 376-run target for New Zealand, has gained 14 slots to reach 38th rank.

Cheteshwar Pujara is the other India batsman to gain as he has moved up one slot to 15th position after scoring a total of 91 runs in Kolkata, including a first innings knock of 87.

For New Zealand, Ronchi, primarily a wicketkeeper-batsman in limited overs cricket who has played both Tests of the series as a specialist batsman, produced knocks of 35 and 32 to gain 12 slots and reach 40th rank.

His compatriot and left-handed opener Tom Latham has gained three places to reach 33rd slot after innings of one and 74.

In the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers led by South Africa pace bowler Dale Steyn, India fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s six wickets in the match, including a five for 48 in the first innings, have helped him gain nine slots to reach 26th place.

His fellow pace bowler Mohammad Shami’s two three-wicket hauls have seen him move up two places to 23rd position, while left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja has gained one slot to reach sixth rank with four wickets in the match.

New Zealand pace bowler Matt Henry, playing only his fifth Test match, has gained 16 slots to reach 61st position after grabbing five wickets in the match, while Trent Boult’s five wickets in Kolkata have seen him gain one position to reach ninth rank as he switched positions with compatriot left-arm pace bowler Neil Wagner who slipped from ninth to 10th rank.

Meanwhile, India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson have slipped one slot each in the bowlers’ and batsmen’s rankings, respectively.

The pair had risen from third to second positions after the opening Test in Kanpur. However, Ashwin’s four wickets in the Kolkata Test were not enough for him to retain the number-two position, while Williamson’s absence from the match due to illness meant he lost one percentage point from his rating points and, as such, has slipped back to third position.

Ashwin now trails England’s James Anderson by 11 points, while Williamson is eight points behind England’s Joe Root.

The player rankings will now be updated at the conclusion of the Indore Test.

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 4 October 2016, after the second Test between India and New Zealand)

1Steve SmithAustralia906
2Joe RootEngland878
3Kane WilliamsonNew Zealand870
4Hashim AmlaSouth Africa847
5Younus KhanPakistan845
6Adam VogesAustralia802
6AB de VilliersSouth Africa802
8David WarnerAustralia772
9Alastair CookEngland770

Other Selected Rankings

11Ajinkya RahaneIndia761
15Cheteshwar PujaraIndia708
16Ross TaylorNew Zealand692
20Virat KohliIndia673
21Murali VijayIndia663
33Tom LathamNew Zealand583
35BJ WatlingNew Zealand565
38Rohit SharmaIndia531

Bowler’s rankings

1Dale SteynSouth Africa878
2James AndersonEngland870
3Ravichandran AshwinIndia859
4Stuart BroadEngland836
5Rangana HerathSri Lanka831
6Ravindra JadejaIndia809
7Yasir ShahPakistan806
8Mitchell StarcAustralia792
9Trent BoultNew Zealand739
10Neil WagnerNew Zealand738

Other Selected Rankings

21Ishant SharmaIndia573
23Mohammed ShamiIndia570
26Bhuvneshwar KumarIndia501
61Matt HenryNew Zealand255


1Ravichandran AshwinIndia430
2Shakib Al HasanBangladesh384
3Moeen AliIndia292
4Ravindra JadejaIndia286
5Mitchell StarcAustralia279

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