ICC Player Rankings

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The ICC Player Rankings are a widely followed system of rankings for international cricketers based on their recent performances. The current sponsor is Reliance Mobile who have signed a deal with the ICC that will last until 2015.[1]

The ratings were developed at the suggestion of Ted Dexter in 1987. The intention was to produce a better indication of players' current standing in the sport than is provided by comparing their averages. Career averages are based on a player's entire career and do not make any allowance for match conditions or the strength of the opposition, whereas the ratings are biased towards recent form and account for match conditions and the quality of the opponent using statistical measures.

Initially the rankings were for Test cricket only, but separate One Day International rankings were introduced in 1998. Both sets of rankings have now been calculated back to the start of those forms of the game. Since 2003, David Kendix has been responsible for calculating and maintaining the rankings, including rankings for Twenty20 Cricket. The rankings include the top 10 test, ODI and T20 batsmen, bowlers and all-rounders based on the rating of each player.

Current rankings

Historical rankings

Historical Test Cricket rankings

Year end top ranked players in Test Cricket

Date Top Batsman Country Top Bowler Country
31 December 2013 AB de Villiers  South Africa Vernon Philander  South Africa
31 December 2012 Michael Clarke  Australia Dale Steyn  South Africa
31 December 2011 Kumar Sangakkara  Sri Lanka Dale Steyn  South Africa
31 December 2010 Kumar Sangakkara  Sri Lanka Dale Steyn  South Africa
31 December 2009 Gautam Gambhir  India Dale Steyn  South Africa
31 December 2008 Shivnarine Chanderpaul  West Indies Muttiah Muralitharan  Sri Lanka
31 December 2007 Kumar Sangakkara  Sri Lanka Muttiah Muralitharan  Sri Lanka
31 December 2006 Ricky Ponting  Australia Muttiah Muralitharan  Sri Lanka
31 December 2005 Ricky Ponting  Australia Shane Warne  Australia
31 December 2004 Rahul Dravid  India Glenn McGrath  Australia
31 December 2003 Ricky Ponting  Australia Muttiah Muralitharan  Sri Lanka
31 December 2002 Matthew Hayden  Australia Glenn McGrath  Australia
31 December 2001 Brian Lara  West Indies Glenn McGrath  Australia
31 December 2000 Sachin Tendulkar  India Shaun Pollock  South Africa

Batsmen and Bowlers with a peak rating of 900 points or more

Historical One-Day International (ODI) Cricket Rankings

Year end top ranked players in ODI Cricket

Date Top Batsman Country Top Bowler Country
31 December 2013 AB de Villiers  South Africa Saeed Ajmal  Pakistan
31 December 2012 Hashim Amla  South Africa Mohammad Hafeez[2]  Pakistan
31 December 2011 Hashim Amla  South Africa Saeed Ajmal  Pakistan
31 December 2010 Hashim Amla  South Africa Daniel Vettori  New Zealand
31 December 2009 M.S. Dhoni  India Daniel Vettori  New Zealand
31 December 2008 Michael Hussey  Australia Nathan Bracken  Australia
31 December 2007 Ricky Ponting  Australia Shaun Pollock  South Africa
31 December 2006 Michael Hussey  Australia Shaun Pollock  South Africa
31 December 2005 Ricky Ponting  Australia Glenn McGrath  Australia
31 December 2004 Adam Gilchrist  Australia Shaun Pollock  South Africa
31 December 2003 Sachin Tendulkar  India Shaun Pollock  South Africa
31 December 2002 Matthew Hayden  Australia Shaun Pollock  South Africa
31 December 2001 Michael Bevan  Australia Muttiah Muralitharan  Sri Lanka
31 December 2000 Michael Bevan  Australia Muttiah Muralitharan  Sri Lanka

Top 10 Rankings: Batting and Bowling

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