Joe Root surpasses Indian skipper to move 3rd in ICC Test Rankings, Williamson still holds top spot

Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who has scored 11 and 72 in the opening Test against England, has 852 points and slipped down one spot in the latest MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings released on Wednesday.

By Mohit Sindhu, Updated : Feb 10, 2021 16:51 IST
Joe Root surpasses Indian skipper to move 3rd in ICC Test Rankings, Williamson still holds top spot
Joe Root moves to third by surpassing Virat Kohli in ICC Test rankings. (Image source: ICC Twitter handle)

ICC Test Rankings: England skipper Joe Root climbs two places by surpassing Indian captain Virat Kohli (5th) and Australian Marnus Labuschagne (4th), with his 883 points putting him just eight points behind second-placed Steve Smith and 36 points behind top-ranked Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson. The English pair of Root and Anderson have climbed into the third position on the ICC Test batting and bowling rankings respectively on the back of their match-winning heroics in the series opener between England and India in Chennai. 

The rookie right-hander batsman continued a remarkable run-spree in 2021, hitting 218 and 40 to add to his first-innings scores of 186 and 228 in his previous two Tests against Sri Lanka. Root played a masterclass (218 off 377) against India to clinch a cruising 227-run victory in Chennai Test. 

Moreover, the Englishman has reached 883 rating points. His scintillating double-century propelled England to keep his team in contention for the WTC final. It is Root's highest ranking since September 2017, while Kohli finds himself out of the top 3 Test batsmen for the first time since Nov 2017.

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James Anderson's match haul of 5/63 against India, which included a fierce spell on Day 5, was enough to see the 38-year-old move up three places into the third spot, behind only his teammate Stuart Broad and Australian ace Pat Cummins.

ICC Test Batting Rankings
ICC Test Batting Rankings

For India, Rishabh Pant's splendid knock of 91 in the first innings has helped him become the first full-time wicket-keeper from his country to reach 700 rating points as he retained the 13th position among batsmen. Shubman Gill (40th) and Washington Sundar (81st) too climbed up after their fighting knocks, as has left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem (85th) among bowlers.

Moreover, Pakistan completing a 2-0 sweep over South Africa is followed with good news from the rankings perspective as well, especially with regard to fast bowling. Player of the series winner Mohammad Rizwan has attained a career-best 16th place after scores of 26 and 115 helped him make a leap of 19 places in the table.

From West Indies' points of view, all-rounder Kyle Mayers, whose scores of 40 and 210 not out helped script an epic win in the first Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong, has entered the rankings in 70th position with 448 rating points. Others to gain for the West Indies include their skipper Kraigg Brathwaite (up 8 places to 53rd) among batsmen and the spin duo of Warrican (up 14 places to 62nd) and Cornwall (up 6 places to 65th).

For Bangladesh, captain Mominul Haque's 10th Test century has lifted him eight places to 33rd. All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has gained four slots to reach 30th position among batsmen while off-spinner Mehidy Hasan has progressed from 28th to 24th position.