There has been a significant shake-up in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings after the conclusion of the Ahmedabad, Galle and Mirpur Tests, while the second Test between Australia and South Africa, starting in Adelaide on Thursday, may lead to changes at the top of the batting and bowling tables.

Kieran Powell has jumped 19 places to be ranked at 51. Photo: WICB Media

India defeated England by nine wickets in Ahmedabad, with Cheteshwar Pujara picking up the man of the match award. Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by 10 wickets in Galle, with Rangana Herath collecting the player of the match award, and Kieran Powell was adjudged man of the match in Mirpur where the West Indies overpowered Bangladesh by 77 runs.

Herath has achieved a career-best rating of 828 points on the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers following his match figures of 11 for 108, while Pujara and Powell have earned career-best rankings to storm up the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen.

Pujara has rocketed 35 places to 24th position after scoring an unbeaten 206, while Powell has been rewarded for becoming the first West Indian to score two centuries in a Test against Bangladesh and eighth overall with a jump of 19 places which has put him in 51st spot.

But Pujara and Powell are not the only batsmen to make upward movements in latest rankings which were released on Monday evening.

England captain Alastair Cook, who scored a gutsy 176 in his side’s second innings, has returned to the top 10 by rising four places to seventh, Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene has jumped six places to 13th position after scoring a classy 91 in the first innings, Matt Prior has become the fifth England batsman inside the top 20 after achieving a career-best ranking of 18th, Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews’ contribution of 79 runs in a 156-run sixth wicket partnership with Jayawardene has given him a career-best ranking of 28th, New Zealand’s Daniel Flynn’s contributions of 53 and 20 has allowed him to improve his ranking by five places and he is now in 63rd position, Denesh Ramdin’s third career century for the West Indies has vaulted him seven places to 68th position while Bangladesh’s Nasir Hossain’s effort of 96 and 21 has lifted him from 85th spot to 69th position.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who scored 203 not out, has not improved his ranking but has gained 27 ratings points which has put him just one rating point behind fourth-ranked Australia captain Michael Clarke, whereas Virender Sehwag is now in 22nd position after gaining one place following his 23rd Test century.

India’s left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha leads the bowlers’ charge.

The 26-year-old, who recorded match figures of 77.2-24-165-9, has broken into the top five for the first time in his career after jumping nine places in the bowler rankings, New Zealand’s Tim Southee has moved up 10 places to 30th after his first innings performance of four for 46, Ravi Rampaul’s five wickets for the West Indies has lifted him eight places to 33rd spot while Bangladesh’s debutant Sohag Gazi has entered the rankings in 51st position after match figures of 70.2-9-219-9.

Meanwhile, South Africa’s Jacques Kallis will enter the Adelaide Test against Australia as the number-one ranked Test all-rounder, while team-mates Hashim Amla and Vernon Philander will have opportunities to top the batting and bowling tables, respectively.

Kallis has regained the number-one ranking after Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan conceded 21 ratings points and slipped one place to second position after scoring 91 runs and taking two wickets against West Indies. Also losing ground is England’s Stuart Broad, who has dropped behind New Zealand’s fourth-ranked Daniel Vettori.

While Kallis will be eyeing to cement his number-one spot in the Adelaide Test, Amla will be aiming to leapfrog Sri Lanka’s number-one ranked Kumar Sangakkara, and Philander will have his new ball partner and number-one ranked Dale Steyn firmly within his sights.

Amla, who is already enjoying his career-best rating, trails Sangakkara by just four ratings points and a good performance with the bat will mean that he will become one of the very few batsmen to top both the Test and ODI batting tables at the same time.

Philander is 19 ratings points behind Steyn, who has been holding the number-one spot since July 2009. Philander has played a total of 11 Tests, in which he has taken 63 wickets. As such, he is still in the qualification period for bowlers as a bowler qualifies for a full rating when he reaches 100 Test wickets.

This means Philander could potentially overtake number one Steyn, depending on how both the bowlers perform in Adelaide.

Forthcoming Tests
21-25 Nov – Bangladesh v West Indies (2nd Test), Kulna
22-26 Nov – Australia v South Africa (2nd Test), Adelaide
23-27 Nov – India v England (2nd Test), Mumbai
25-29 Nov – Sri Lanka v New Zealand (2nd Test), Colombo

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Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 20 November, after the Ahmedabad, Galle and Mirpur Tests, and before the start of Khulna and Adelaide Tests)

Batsmen

Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Pts          Ave         HS Rating

1           ( – )          K.Sangakkara      SL           880         56.44     938 v Eng at Kandy 2007

2           ( – )          Hashim Amla       SA           876!       50.37     876 v Aus at Brisbane 2012

3           ( – )          Jacques Kallis       SA           859         57.30     935 v NZ at Centurion 2007

4           ( – )          Michael Clarke    Aus         857!       50.84     857 v SA at Brisbane 2012

5           ( – )          S.Chanderpaul     WI          856         50.94     901 v NZ at Napier 2008

6           ( – )          AB de Villiers        SA           810         49.02     821 v Eng at The Oval 2012

7           (+4)         Alastair Cook       Eng         787         48.71     836 v Ind at Edgbaston 2011

8           (-1)          Younus Khan       Pak         761         51.69     880 v SL at Lahore 2009

9           (-1)          Azhar Ali               Pak         753!       45.27     753 v SL at Pallekele 2012

10         ( – )          Graeme Smith      SA           741         49.39     843 v Eng at Johannesburg 2010

11         (+2)         Mike Hussey        Aus         725         50.50     921 v WI at Kingston 2008

12         (+2)         Misbah-ul-Haq    Pak         720         45.68     771 v Eng at Abu Dhabi 2012

13=       (+6)         M.Jayawardene   SL           715         50.62     883 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2009

(-4)          Kevin Pietersen    Eng         715         48.93     909 v WI at Headingley 2007

15         (-1)          T.Samaraweera   SL           708         50.96     775 v SA at Cape Town 2012

16         (-4)          Ross Taylor          NZ          701         41.80     775 v Pak at Wellington 2009

17         ( – )          Sachin Tendulkar                Ind          700         54.93     898 v Zim at Nagpur 2002

18         (+3)         Matt Prior              Eng         698!       43.33     698 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2012

19         (-3)          Jonathan Trott     Eng         682         48.96     856 v SL at Cardiff 2011

20         (-2)          Ian Bell                  Eng         676         46.24     822 v Ind at The Oval 2011

 

Selected rankings

 

Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Pts          Ave         HS Rating

21         (-1)          Ricky Ponting       Aus         673         52.54     942 v Eng at Adelaide 2006

22         (+1)         Virender Sehwag  Ind          667         50.89     866 v SL at Galle 2010

24         (+35)      C. Pujara               Ind          632*!    71.25     632 v Eng at Ahmedabad 2012

25         (+1)         Darren Bravo       WI          628*      44.41     709 v Aus at Port-of-Spain 2012

26         (+2)         B.McCullum         NZ          625         35.92     673 v Pak at Hamilton 2011

27         (-3)          Chris Gayle           WI          617         42.06     755 v SL at Galle 2010

28=       (-1)          Tamim Iqbal        Ban        612         38.02     707 v Eng at Old Trafford 2010

(+5)         Angelo Mathews  SL           612!       40.05     612 v NZ at Galle 2012

30         (-1)          Alviro Petersen     SA           605*      41.86     613 v Eng at Headingley 2012

31         (-6)          Marlon Samuels  WI          602         34.22     632 v NZ at Kingston 2012

32         (-2)          Shakib Al Hasan Ban        593         35.12     596 v Pak at Mirpur 2011

34         ( – )          Virat Kohli            Ind          589*!    40.88     589 v Eng at Ahmedabad 2012

36         (-1)          Shane Watson      Aus         579         37.54     729 v Eng at Perth 2010

37         (+1)         Gautam Gambhir                Ind          556         44.36     886 v SL at Kanpur 2009

38         (-2)          Mahendra Dhoni Ind          555         38.11     662 v SA at Kolkata 2010

39         (-2)          Martin Guptill       NZ          542         32.98     597 v WI at Kingston 2012

43         (-3)          Mushfiqur Rahim                Ban        520         29.03     584 v Eng at Chittagong 2010

46         (-1)          N.T.Paranavitana                SL           504         33.05     547 v Pak at Sharjah 2011

47         ( – )          David Warner       Aus         496*      39.60     568 v Ind at Perth 2012

48         (-6)          Kane Williamson NZ          495*      29.80     571 v SA at Wellington 2012

49         (-1)          Ed Cowan             Aus         494*!    38.00     494 v SA at Brisbane 2012

50         (-1)          P.Jayawardena    SL           473         31.12     510 v Eng at Galle 2012

51         (+19)      Kieran Powell       WI          468        *!            33.13     468 v Ban at Mirpur 2012

63         (+5)         Daniel Flynn         NZ          409        *              28.32     432 v Ind at Hamilton 2009

68         (+7)         Denesh Ramdin   WI          385                        24.91     438 v Eng at Lord’s 2007

69=       (+16)      Nasir Hossain       Ban        379        *!            36.22     379 v WI at Mirpur 2012

 

Bowlers

Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Pts          Avge      HS Rating

1           ( – )          Dale Steyn            SA           859         23.86     902 v SL at Centurion 2011

2           ( – )          Vernon Philander SA           840*      17.60     852 v Eng at Lord’s 2012

3           ( – )          Saeed Ajmal         Pak         832         27.09     836 v SL at Galle 2012

4           ( – )          Rangana Herath  SL           828!       30.26     828 v NZ at Galle 2012

5           (+9)         Pragyan Ojha       Ind          764*!    30.38     764 v Eng at Ahmedabad 2012

6=        (-1)          James Anderson  Eng         741         30.59     813 v Ind at Edgbaston 2011

( – )          Ben Hilfenhaus    Aus         741*      28.48     757 v WI at Port-of-Spain 2012

8           (-1)          Peter Siddle           Aus         734         29.76     768 v Ind at Adelaide 2012

9           ( – )          Morne Morkel      SA           721         30.59     776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011

10         ( – )          Kemar Roach       WI          705*      27.69     712 v NZ at Kingston 2012

11         ( – )          Abdur Rehman    Pak         704*      28.40     739 v Eng at Dubai 2012

12         ( – )          Graeme Swann    Eng         699         29.65     858 v Pak at Lord’s 2010

13         (-5)          Stuart Broad         Eng         694         31.58     783 v WI at Lord’s 2012

14         (+1)         Zaheer Khan        Ind          665         32.02     752 v SA at Durban 2010

15         (-2)          Shakib Al Hasan Ban        646*      32.32     680 v WI at Mirpur 2011

16         ( – )          Steven Finn           Eng         615*      28.15     621 v SA at Lord’s 2012

17         ( – )          Chris Martin         NZ          610         33.97     669 v SA at Hamilton 2012

18         ( – )          R.Ashwin               Ind          595*!    28.22     595 v Eng at Ahmedabad 2012

19         ( – )          Umar Gul              Pak         584         33.66     642 v Eng at Dubai 2012

20         ( – )          Ryan Harris          Aus         581*      23.63     614 v WI at Bridgetown 2012

 

Selected rankings

Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Pts          Avge      HS Rating

22           (+1)         Shane Watson      Aus         565*      28.91     633 v SA at Cape Town 2011

23         (+1)         Mitchell Johnson Aus         560         31.29     825 v Eng at Cardiff 2009

24         (+1)         Harbhajan Singh Ind          543         32.22     765 v NZ at Wellington 2002

25         (-3)          Tim Bresnan         Eng         540*      31.33     657 v WI at Edgbaston 2012

26         ( – )          James Pattinson   Aus         537*!    20.77     537 v SA at Brisbane 2012

28         ( – )          Darren Sammy    WI          514*      34.45     568 v Aus at Bridgetown 2012

30=       (+10)      Tim Southee         NZ          487*!    37.85     487 v SL at Galle 2012

( – )          Fidel Edwards       WI          487         38.37     590 v Eng at Lord’s 2009

32         ( – )          Nathan Lyon        Aus         477*!    29.26     477 v SA at Brisbane 2012

33         (+8)         Ravi Rampaul     WI          470*!    34.79     470 v Ban at Mirpur 2012

34         (-1)          Jacques Kallis       SA           469         32.73     742 v Eng at Headingley 2003

38         (-1)          Monty Panesar    Eng         438         33.33     721 v WI at Chester-le-St 2007

41         (-10)       Doug Bracewell    NZ          423*      30.57     538 v WI at Kingston 2012

42         (+3)         N.Kulasekara       SL           404*!    32.34     404 v NZ at Galle 2012

45         (+3)         Umesh Yadav      Ind          379*      32.50     385 v Aus at Melbourne 2011

46         (-2)          Suraj Randiv        SL           372*      37.05     387 v Pak at Colombo (SSC) 2012

47         (+2)         Jeetan Patel          NZ          361*      45.18     368 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2009

48         (+1)         James Franklin     NZ          347*      33.77     679 v SL at Christchurch 2006

51         (NEW)    Sohag Gazi           Ban        327        *!            24.33     327 v WI at Mirpur 2012

 

All-rounders

Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Pts                          HS Rating

1            (+1)         Jacques Kallis       SA           403        616 v Pak at Durban 2002

2           (-1)          Shakib Al Hasan Ban        383 /*   404 v Pak at Mirpur 2011

3           ( – )          Shane Watson      Aus         327 /*   394 v SA at Johannesburg 2011

4           (+1)         Daniel Vettori       NZ          302        412 v Pak at Napier 2009

5           (-1)          Stuart Broad         Eng         296        382 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2012

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