India legend Sachin Tendulkar has ended his record-breaking 200-Test career by finishing in the top 20 of the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen, which were released on Sunday.

Sachin Tendulkar ended his test career ranking 18. Photo by: Pal PIllai - BCCI - SPORTZPICS

Tendulkar has finished in 18th position, after jumping five places following his knock of 74 in his final innings in the Mumbai Test. He had entered the series in 24th, which was his lowest since 1992.

Progress over the years in rankings
Tendulkar had made his Test debut against Pakistan in November 1989, after which he was ranked 97th with a total of 111 ratings points. He first made his way into the world’s top 50 in February 1990 after an innings of 88 against New Zealand at Napier.

His unbeaten 148 against Australia at Sydney in January 1992 had helped him move to 25th position. Later in the year, he made 111 against South Africa at Johannesburg to make his first appearance inside the top 20. His stars continued to rise and during the home series against England in early 1993, he reached the top 10.

With innings of 34 and 85 against the West Indies in Mumbai in November 1994, Tendulkar went top of the charts for the first time, overtaking Brian Lara.

Tendulkar held the position for only three months before Jimmy Adams, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Steve Waugh and Brian Lara again took over.

However, after scoring an unbeaten 155 in Sydney in March 1998, Tendulkar regained the number-one ranking from Steve Waugh. He was on top for most of 1998 before Waugh and Lara reclaimed the top spots.

It was in May 2000 when Tendulkar went top again, edging ahead of Lara and he stayed there for more than a year, before Andy Flower sneaked ahead.

A flurry of runs, culminating in 176 against Flower’s Zimbabwe in Nagpur in early 2002, which pushed him up to his career-best 898 points – put him top again.

Adam Gilchrist leapfrogged him in September 2002, and it would take eight years for Tendulkar to regain the top spot after an innings of 214 and 53 not out against Australia in Bengaluru.

He clung onto top spot for the first half of 2011, albeit jointly with Jacques Kallis

However, a disappointing tour of England saw him drop out of the number-one place. He spent a total of 139 Tests (fourth most) and 1157 days (12th most) as the top-ranked batsman in Test cricket.

India players make positive gains

India’s spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha have made upward movements in the top 10 of Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers.

While Ashwin has moved up a place to a career-best fifth with a best-ever 808 ratings points, Ojha has returned to the top 10 of the bowlers’ table with a jump of four places to ninth.

Ashwin picked up three for 45 and four for 89 in the two innings of the Mumbai Test, while Ojha ended with his first 10-wicket haul in Tests (10 for 89) to be named man of the match.

West Indies spinner Shane Shillingford has moved up a place to 16th, in the only other positive change inside the top 20.
South Africa’s Dale Steyn continues to head the bowlers’ table with teammate Vernon Philander in second position and Sri Lanka’s Rangana Herath in third.

Meanwhile, India’s Cheteshwar Pujara has moved up two places to a career-best sixth in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen with a best-ever 801 ratings points, following his knock of 113 in the Mumbai Test.

Other batsmen to move in the right direction are Virat Kohli in 21st (up by four), Murali Vijay in 42nd (up by two), Kieran Powell in 53rd (up by four) and Rohit Sharma in 58th (up by five).

The batting chart continues to be headed by AB de Villiers of South Africa, with teammate Hashim Amla in second place and West Indies’ Shivnarine Chanderpaul in third place.

Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 16 November, after the Mumbai Test)

 Batsmen

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

1         ( – )        AB de Villiers     SA         909!      51.44    909 v Pak at Dubai 2013

2         ( – )        Hashim Amla      SA         898        52.32    907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

3         ( – )        S.Chanderpaul     WI         875        51.71    901 v NZ at Napier 2008

4         ( – )        K Sangakkara      SL          866        56.98    938 v Eng at Kandy 2007

5         ( – )        Michael Clarke    Aus        853        52.08    900 v SL at Melbourne 2012

6         (+2)       C Pujara               Ind         801*!    65.50    801 v WI at Mumbai 2013

7         (-1)        Misbah-ul-Haq    Pak        783!      46.03    783 v SA at Dubai 2013

8         (-1)        Graeme Smith     SA         771        49.36    843 v Eng at Johannesburg 2010

9         (-1)        Younus Khan       Pak        769        51.17    880 v SL at Lahore 2009

10        ( – )        Ian Bell                Eng        748        46.66    822 v Ind at The Oval 2011

11        ( – )        Alastair Cook      Eng        737        47.85    874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012

12        ( – )        Ross Taylor         NZ         721        42.81    785 v SL at Colombo (PSS) 2012

13        ( – )        Kevin Pietersen   Eng        706        48.38    909 v WI at Headingley 2007

14        ( – )        Jacques Kallis     SA         704        55.44    935 v NZ at Centurion 2007

15        ( – )        Jonathan Trott     Eng        698        47.39    856 v SL at Cardiff 2011

16        (+1)       Asad Shafiq         Pak        660*     39.11    680 v SA at Cape Town 2013

17        (+1)       Matt Prior            Eng        647        42.36    745 v NZ at Auckland 2013

18=      (+1)       M Jayawardena   SL          639        49.56    883 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2009

(+5)       Sachin Tendulkar Ind         639        53.78    898 v Zim at Nagpur 2002

20        (-4)        Marlon Samuels  WI         638        36.74    672 v Zim at Bridgetown 2013

 

Selected Rankings

 

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

21        (+4)       Virat Kohli          Ind         634*     41.16    648 v Aus at Mohali 2013

22        (-3)        MS Dhoni            Ind         624        39.39    662 v SA at Kolkata 2010

23        (-1)        Chris Gayle         WI         619        42.01    755 v SL at Galle 2010

25        (-4)        Darren Bravo       WI         611        42.65    709 v Aus at Port-of-Spain 2012

42        (+2)       Murali Vijay        Ind         533*!    38.20    533 v WI at Mumbai 2013

45        ( – )        R Ashwin             Ind         518*!    40.52    518 v WI at Mumbai 2013

53        (+4)       Kieran Powell      WI         463*     30.32    468 v Ban at Mirpur 2012

58        (+5)       Rohit Sharma      Ind         450*!    288.00  450 v WI at Mumbai 2013

61        (+6)       Denesh Ramdin   WI         439!      26.53    439 v Ind at Mumbai 2013

69        (-5)        Darren Sammy    WI         393        21.23    452 v Zim at Bridgetown 2013

77        (-8)        Shikhar Dhawan  Ind         375*     81.00    420 v Aus at Mohali 2013

84        (-4)        N Deonarine        WI         349*     27.68    401 v Aus at Port-of-Spain 2012

 

Bowlers

 

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

1         ( – )        Dale Steyn           SA         903        22.65    908 v Pak at Johannesburg 2013

2         ( – )        Vernon Philander SA         899*     17.50    901 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

3         ( – )        Rangana Herath   SL          831        29.52    838 v NZ at Colombo (PSS) 2012

4         ( – )        Saeed Ajmal        Pak        824        26.54    855 v Zim at Harare 2013

5         (+1)       R Ashwin             Ind         808!      27.47    808 v WI at Mumbai 2013

6         (-1)        Ryan Harris         Aus        782*!    22.26    782 v Eng at The Oval 2013

7=       ( – )        Graeme Swann    Eng        760        28.55    858 v Pak at Lord’s 2010

( – )        Peter Siddle         Aus        760        29.11    816 v Eng at Old Trafford 2013

9         (+4)       Pragyan Ojha       Ind         756        30.26    773 v Eng at Kolkata 2012

10        (-1)        James Anderson  Eng        741        30.10    813 v Ind at Edgbaston 2011

11        (-1)        Stuart Broad        Eng        740        30.58    783 v WI at Lord’s 2012

12        (-1)        Abdur Rehman    Pak        703*     27.55    739 v Eng at Dubai 2012

13        (-1)        Morne Morkel     SA         700        30.23    776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011

14        ( – )        Kemar Roach       WI         668*     27.71    712 v NZ at Kingston 2012

15        ( – )        Ben Hilfenhaus    Aus        659*     28.50    757 v WI at Port-of-Spain 2012

16        (+1)       S Shillingford      WI         635*!    31.27    635 v Ind at Mumbai 2013

17        (-1)        Shakib Al Hasan  Ban        614        32.60    680 v WI at Mirpur 2011

18        ( – )        Zaheer Khan        Ind         588        32.35    752 v SA at Durban 2010

19        ( – )        Tim Southee        NZ         585*     34.33    621 v Eng at Lord’s 2013

20        ( – )        Steven Finn         Eng        580*     29.40    624 v NZ at Headingley 2013

 

Selected Rankings

 

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

33        (-2)        Darren Sammy    WI         485*     35.66    568 v Aus at Bridgetown 2012

45        (+1)       N Deonarine        WI         391*!    27.42    391 v Ind at Mumbai 2013

47        (+6)       M Shami              Ind         376*!    16.54    376 v WI at Mumbai 2013

58        (-4)        Tino Best             WI         311*     39.20    419 v Ban at Khulna 2012

64        (-16)      Shannon Gabriel  WI         289*     23.18    360 v Zim at Dominica 2013

74        ( – )        Chris Gayle         WI         256*     42.00    413 v Eng at Chester-le-St 2007

77        (-2)        Marlon Samuels  WI         232*     52.14    250 v Zim at Dominica 2013

82        (+5)       B Kumar              Ind         211*!    37.88    211 v WI at Mumbai 2013

 

All-rounders

 

Rank    (+/-)        Player                 Team       Pts        HS Rating

1         ( – )        R Ashwin             Ind         419*/ !  419 v WI at Mumbai 2013

2         ( – )        Shakib Al Hasan  Ban        362       404 v Pak at Mirpur 2011

3         ( – )        Jacques Kallis     SA         332       616 v Pak at Durban 2002

4         ( – )        Stuart Broad        Eng        288       382 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2012

5         ( – )        Vernon Philander SA         283*/*  312 v Pak at Centurion 2013

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