ICC Men's Test Player Rankings 2023: Ravichandran Ashwin Perched On Top Of Bowlers' List; Ravindra Jadeja Number One All-Rounder

In addition to being on top of the all-rounder charts, Ravindra Jadeja is third in the bowlers' list, which is headed by Ravichandran Ashwin. Kane Williamson is number one among batters and Rohit Sharma is ranked 10th in the ICC Men's Test Player Rankings

File image of Ravichandran Ashwin.

It is not for nothing that most professional players and cricket connoisseurs consider Test matches as the true 'test' of character. If Test cricket is the pinnacle of the sport, then the International Cricket Council's official rankings of Test players are the definitive indicator of where the foremost players of the elite cricketing nations stand in the ultimate format. (Cricket News)

The ICC Test Player Rankings are a sound metric to evaluate the standing of international cricketers across nationalities in the five-day format of the game. The players' performances are ranked using a points-based system which involves several calculations that lead up to a sophisticated moving average. 

Players are rated on a scale of 0 to 1000 points. If a player’s performance is an improvement on their record, the points increase, and similarly if the performance declines then the points go down. 

The value of each player’s performance in a match is calculated through an algorithm, involving a pre-programmed series of calculations based on numerous circumstances in the match. There is no human intervention in this calculation process, and no subjective assessment is made. 

Test Batting Rankings (Top 10 List)

               1Kane WilliamsonNew Zealand           883
2Joe RootEngland859
3Steve SmithAustralia842
4Babar AzamPakistan829
5Marnus LabuschagneAustralia826
6Travis HeadAustralia818
7Daryl MitchellNew Zealand804
8Usman KhawajaAustralia796
9Harry BrookEngland773
10Rohit SharmaIndia759

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and former England captain Joe Root occupy the first and second spots, respectively in the batting list. India skipper Rohit Sharma is currently in 10th position.

Test Bowling Rankings (Top 10 List)

        RankNameCountry       Rating
1Ravichandran AshwinIndia879
2Kagiso RabadaSouth Africa825
3Ravindra JadejaIndia782
4Pat CumminsAustralia775
5Shaheen AfridiPakistan762
5Ollie RobinsonEngland762
7James AndersonEngland761
8Nathan Lyon Australia760
9Prabath JayasuriaSri Lanka751
10Mitchell StarcAustralia742

Ace India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin rules the bowling list with 879 points, followed by Proteas pacer Kagiso Rabada at 825 points. Ashwin's spin-twin Ravindra Jadeja is placed third with 782 points.

Test All-Rounder Rankings (Top 10 List)

        RankNameCountry       Rating
1Ravindra JadejaIndia455
2Ravichandran AshwinIndia370
3Shakib Al HasanBangladesh326
4Ben StokesEngland307
5Axar PatelIndia298
6Joe RootEngland286
7Jason HolderWest Indies280
8Mitchell StarcAustralia241
9Kyle MayersWest Indies240
10Chris WoakesEngland229

Thanks to his much-improved batting, Jadeja is perched on top of the all-rounders list with 455 points. Ashwin is giving him company, ranking second with 370 points. Another Indian spinner Axar Patel is in fifth position with 298 points.  

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