Sachin Tendulkar will enter his farewell series in 24th position on the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen and will aim to finish his illustrious career inside the top 20.
Tendulkar trails 18th ranked Matt Prior of England by 15 ratings points, and strong performances either in Kolkata or Mumbai will see him sign off on a high.
Tendulkar has previously held the number one spot, having first topped the batting charts in November 1994 when he overtook Brian Lara in Mumbai after knocks of 34 and 85 against the West Indies. He last held the top spot in June 2011 before surrendering it to South Africa’s Jacques Kallis after deciding to give the series in the West Indies a miss.
Tendulkar topped the batting tables five times in his career – November 1994, March 1998, May 2000, early 2002 and October 2010. He also spent a total of 139 Tests (fourth most) and 1,157 days (12th most) as the top-ranked batsman in Test cricket.
Besides Tendulkar, it will also be an opportunity for India’s highest-ranked batsman Cheteshwar Pujara to improve his ranking. Pujara is currently sitting in seventh position but given that he is still in the qualification period for batsmen,* he is likely to move up the order if he records strong performances. Pujara has so far scored 1,180 runs at an average of 65.55 in 22 Test innings.
While India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Chris Gayle share 20th position and will both be looking to improve their rankings, Virat Kohli and Darren Bravo share 22nd spot, three ratings points behind Dhoni and Gayle.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who won the LG ICC Cricketer of the Year Award in 2008, is the highest-ranked batsman from either side, in third position, with number-one ranked AB de Villiers firmly within his sights. The South African leads the West Indian by 29 ratings points.
Marlon Samuels is the other West Indies batsman who sits inside the top 20, in 16th position, and will be looking for an upward movement.
In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers, Ravichandran Ashwin is the highest-ranked bowler from either side, in eighth position. Given that he too is in his qualification period,* he is likely to move up the order depending on how he performs in the series. Ashwin has taken 92 wickets in 16 Tests.
Other bowlers sitting inside the top 20 include Pragyan Ojha (11th), Kemar Roach (14th) and Zaheer Khan (17th), while bowlers outside the top 20 are Shane Shillingford (21st), Darren Sammy (28th), Ishant Sharma (32nd) and Umesh Yadav (50th).
The all-rounders’ list is headed by Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh with Ashwin as the highest-ranked player from either side in third spot, 11 ratings points behind Kallis.
In the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings, there may be a reshuffle in the order, depending on how the series pans out.
India (116) leads the West Indies (99) by 17 ratings points and this difference means it should win the series. Because the rankings are weighted to reflect this difference, India’s failure to win the series will result in it losing points.
If the series ends in a draw, India will retain third position but will slip to 114 ratings points while the West Indies will join Australia on 101 ratings points but will be ranked above Michael Clarke’s men when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point.
If India wins the series 1-0, then it will move ahead of England into second place on 117 ratings points, while a 2-0 win will put it in second place on 119 ratings points.
To find out exactly how the forthcoming series will affect the Rankings Table, please click here. The ODI and T20I Rankings tables, unlike the Test Rankings Table, are updated after every match.
About ICC World Test Championship
The inaugural ICC World Test Championship (ICC WTC) will be hosted by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in 2017.
The qualification pathway for the ICC World Test Championship is through the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings, with the qualifying period being from 1 May 2013 to 31 December 2016.
The top four teams at the conclusion of the qualification period will qualify for the event in 2017. The results of any Test series ending after 1 May 2013, and the results of any Test series starting before 31 December 2016, will be included in the period that determine qualification for the ICC WTC.
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6-10 Nov – 1st Test, Kolkata
14-18 Nov – 2nd Test, Mumbai
21 Nov – 1st ODI, Kochi
24 Nov – 2nd ODI, Visakhapatnam
27 Nov – 3rd ODI, Kanpur