Despite India’s average performance in the ongoing test series India continues to top the spot with 116 rating points, six points more than New-Zealand with Australia accumulating third place with 108 points. While India’s youth icon Virat Kohli retains the second spot in ICC ratings despite making a below-average score of 38 in four innings against New Zealand. The score of 0-2 against New-Zealand was India’s first series loss in the World Test Championship.
On the other hand, New Zealand opener Tom Blundell and his Indian counterpart Prithvi Shaw and debutant paceman Kyle Jamieson were among the biggest movers in the rankings, released on Tuesday. Blundell had a successful series against India, scoring 117 runs in four innings, with one half-century, which put him among the top two run-scorers in the series. The performance meant he was rewarded with a jump of 27 places to No. 46. Shaw, who returned for his first series since his Test debut against West Indies in 2018, and made a punchy 54 in the first innings of the Christchurch Test, rose 17 places to No.76. Australia’s Steve Smith retained his top spot, holding a 25-point advantage over Kohli. While Smith’s apprentice Marus Labuschagne jumped one spot to round off the top three rankings taking over the place of New Zealand captain Kane Williamson.
Among bowlers, Tim Southee’s player of the series-winning performance against India took him into the top five bowlers rating list, with a jump of two places to No.4, while Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult returned to the top 10 positions, gaining four places each to occupy the seventh and ninth positions respectively. The biggest gainer from this New-Zealand test series was Jamieson, who jumped to 43 ranks from 80. The only change in the ratings of top 10 all-rounders is Southee dropping a spot to No.10 and team-mate Neil Wagner falling out of the top 10 with a drastic drop of four spots. And just like the bowling rankings, Jamieson who frustrated India with handy lower-order runs, gained big on the all-rounder’s table, rising to 22nd rating from 26th position.
The ongoing test series proved lucky for a couple of players who rose up in the ICC test ratings while unlucky for those who faced a drastic drop in the ratings.