ICC Player Rankings

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The International Cricket Council Player Rankings is a widely followed system of rankings for international cricketers based on their recent performances. The current sponsor is MRF Tyres who signed a 4-year deal with the ICC that will last until 2020.[1]

The ratings were developed at the suggestion of Ted Dexter in 1987.[2] 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 weighted towards recent form and account for match conditions and the quality of the opponent using statistical algorithms.[3]

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. The rankings include the top 10 Test, ODI and T20I batsmen, bowlers and all-rounders based on the rating of each player.

Current rankings[edit]

Historical rankings[edit]

Historical Test Cricket rankings[edit]

Year end top ranked players in Test Cricket[edit]

Date Top Batsman Country Top Bowler Country
2017 Steve Smith  Australia James Anderson  England
2016 Steve Smith  Australia Ravichandran Ashwin  India
2015 Steve Smith  Australia Ravichandran Ashwin  India
2014 AB de Villiers  South Africa Dale Steyn  South Africa
2013 AB de Villiers  South Africa Vernon Philander  South Africa
2012 Michael Clarke  Australia Dale Steyn  South Africa
2011 Kumar Sangakkara  Sri Lanka Dale Steyn  South Africa
2010 Kumar Sangakkara  Sri Lanka Dale Steyn  South Africa
2009 Gautam Gambhir  India Dale Steyn  South Africa
2008 Shivnarine Chanderpaul  West Indies Muttiah Muralitharan  Sri Lanka
2007 Kumar Sangakkara  Sri Lanka Muttiah Muralitharan  Sri Lanka
2006 Ricky Ponting  Australia Muttiah Muralitharan  Sri Lanka
2005 Ricky Ponting  Australia Shane Warne  Australia
2004 Rahul Dravid  India Glenn McGrath  Australia
2003 Ricky Ponting  Australia Muttiah Muralitharan  Sri Lanka
2002 Matthew Hayden  Australia Glenn McGrath  Australia
2001 Brian Lara  West Indies Glenn McGrath  Australia
2000 Sachin Tendulkar  India Shaun Pollock  South Africa
1999 Brian Lara  West Indies Shaun Pollock  South Africa
1998 Sachin Tendulkar  India Allan Donald  South Africa
1997 Steve Waugh  Australia Glenn McGrath  Australia
1996 Steve Waugh  Australia Glenn McGrath  Australia
1995 Brian Lara  West Indies Shane Warne  Australia
1994 Sachin Tendulkar  India Shane Warne  Australia
1993 Graham Gooch  England Waqar Younis  Pakistan
1992 Graham Gooch  England Curtly Ambrose  West Indies
1991 Graham Gooch  England Curtly Ambrose  West Indies
1990 Richie Richardson  West Indies Malcolm Marshall  West Indies
1989 Richie Richardson  West Indies Malcolm Marshall  West Indies
1988 Javed Miandad  Pakistan Richard Hadlee  New Zealand
1987 DB Vengsarkar  India Richard Hadlee  New Zealand
1986 Viv Richards  West Indies Richard Hadlee  New Zealand
1985 Allan Border  Australia Richard Hadlee  New Zealand
1984 Clive Lloyd  West Indies Malcolm Marshall  West Indies
1983 Clive Lloyd  West Indies Imran Khan  Pakistan
1982 Viv Richards  West Indies Imran Khan  Pakistan
1981 Viv Richards  West Indies Dennis Lillee  Australia
1980 Viv Richards  West Indies Ian Botham  England
1979 Sunil Gavaskar  India Ian Botham  England
1978 Sunil Gavaskar  India Bob Willis  England
1977 Viv Richards  West Indies Dennis Lillee  Australia
1976 Viv Richards  West Indies Andy Roberts  West Indies
1975 Alvin Kallicharran  West Indies Dennis Lillee  Australia
1974 Glenn Turner  New Zealand Derek Underwood  England
1973 Garry Sobers  West Indies Geoff Arnold
Bishen Bedi
 England
 India
1972 Garry Sobers  West Indies Derek Underwood  England
1971 Garry Sobers  West Indies Derek Underwood  England
1970 Doug Walters  Australia Derek Underwood  England
1969 Doug Walters  Australia Derek Underwood  England
1968 Garry Sobers  West Indies Lance Gibbs  West Indies
1967 Garry Sobers  West Indies Lance Gibbs  West Indies
1966 Garry Sobers  West Indies Lance Gibbs  West Indies
1965 Ken Barrington  England Lance Gibbs  West Indies
1964 Garry Sobers  West Indies Lance Gibbs  West Indies
1963 Garry Sobers  West Indies Fred Trueman  England
1962 Garry Sobers  West Indies Wes Hall  West Indies
1961 Garry Sobers  West Indies Alan Davidson  Australia
1960 Garry Sobers  West Indies Alan Davidson  Australia
1959 Garry Sobers  West Indies Fazal Mahmood  Pakistan
1958 Peter May  England Tony Lock  England
1957 Peter May  England Hugh Tayfield  South Africa
1956 Peter May  England Jim Laker  England
1955 Clyde Walcott  West Indies Hugh Tayfield  South Africa
1954 Neil Harvey  Australia Ray Lindwall  Australia
1953 Len Hutton  England Alec Bedser  England
1952 Len Hutton  England Bill Johnston  Australia
1951 Len Hutton  England Bill Johnston  Australia
1950 Len Hutton  England Bill Johnston  Australia
1949 Len Hutton  England Ray Lindwall  Australia
1948 Denis Compton  England Ray Lindwall  Australia
1947 Don Bradman  Australia Ernie Toshack  Australia
1946 Don Bradman  Australia Bill Voce  England
1940–1946 No Test cricket took place due to WWII
1939 Don Bradman  Australia Bill O'Reilly  Australia
1938 Don Bradman  Australia Bill O'Reilly  Australia
1937 Don Bradman  Australia Bill O'Reilly  Australia
1936 Don Bradman  Australia Hedley Verity  England
1935 Don Bradman  Australia Clarrie Grimmett  Australia
1934 Don Bradman  Australia Clarrie Grimmett  Australia
1933 Don Bradman  Australia Clarrie Grimmett  Australia
1932 Herbert Sutcliffe  England Clarrie Grimmett  Australia
1931 Don Bradman  Australia Clarrie Grimmett  Australia
1930 Herbert Sutcliffe  England Clarrie Grimmett  Australia
1929 Herbert Sutcliffe  England Maurice Tate  England
1928 Herbert Sutcliffe  England Maurice Tate  England
1927 Jack Hobbs  England Maurice Tate  England
1926 Jack Hobbs  England Maurice Tate  England
1925 Jack Hobbs  England Maurice Tate  England
1924 Jack Hobbs  England Jack Gregory  Australia
1923 Herbie Taylor  South Africa Jack Gregory  Australia
1922 Jack Hobbs  England Jack Gregory  Australia
1921 Jack Hobbs  England Jack Gregory  Australia
1920 Jack Hobbs  England Aubrey Faulkner  South Africa
1915–1919 No Test cricket took place due to WWI
1914 Jack Hobbs  England Aubrey Faulkner  South Africa
1913 Jack Hobbs  England Sydney Barnes  England
1912 Jack Hobbs  England Sydney Barnes  England
1911 Aubrey Faulkner  South Africa Sydney Barnes  England
1910 Jack Hobbs  England Tibby Cotter  Australia
1909 Clem Hill  Australia Colin Blythe  England
1908 Clem Hill  Australia Jack Saunders  Australia
1907 Clem Hill  Australia Colin Blythe  England
1906 Clem Hill  Australia Wilfred Rhodes  England
1905 Stanley Jackson  England Wilfred Rhodes  England
1904 Clem Hill  Australia Hugh Trumble  Australia
1903 Clem Hill  Australia Hugh Trumble  Australia
1902 Clem Hill  Australia Hugh Trumble  Australia
1901 Tom Hayward  England Hugh Trumble  Australia
1900 Tom Hayward  England Hugh Trumble  Australia
1899 Tom Hayward  England Hugh Trumble  Australia
1898 Joe Darling  Australia Tom Richardson  England
1897 WG Grace  England Johnny Briggs  England
1896 Jack Lyons  Australia Bobby Peel  England
1895 WG Grace  England Johnny Briggs  England
1894 Jack Lyons  Australia Johnny Briggs  England
1893 Jack Lyons  Australia Johnny Briggs  England
1892 Jack Lyons  Australia Johnny Briggs  England
1891 WG Grace  England Bobby Peel  England
1890 WG Grace  England Bobby Peel  England
1889 Arthur Shrewsbury  England Johnny Briggs  England
1888 Arthur Shrewsbury  England Bobby Peel  England
1887 Arthur Shrewsbury  England Billy Bates  England
1886 Arthur Shrewsbury  England Fred Spofforth  Australia
1885 A. G. Steel  England Joey Palmer  Australia
1884 A. G. Steel  England Joey Palmer  Australia
1883 George Ulyett  England Fred Spofforth  Australia
1882 George Ulyett  England Fred Spofforth  Australia
1881 WG Grace  England Fred Spofforth  Australia
1880 WG Grace  England Fred Spofforth  Australia
1879 Charles Bannerman  Australia Fred Spofforth  Australia
1878 Charles Bannerman  Australia Tom Kendall  Australia
1877 Charles Bannerman  Australia Tom Kendall  Australia

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

Historical One-Day International (ODI) Cricket Rankings[edit]

Year end top ranked players in ODI Cricket[edit]

Date Top Batsman Country Top Bowler Country
2017 Virat Kohli  India Hasan Ali  Pakistan
2016 AB de Villiers  South Africa Trent Boult  New Zealand
2015 AB de Villiers  South Africa Mitchell Starc  Australia
2014 AB de Villiers  South Africa Sunil Narine  West Indies
2013 AB de Villiers  South Africa Saeed Ajmal  Pakistan
2012 Hashim Amla  South Africa Saeed Ajmal  Pakistan
2011 Hashim Amla  South Africa Saeed Ajmal  Pakistan
2010 Hashim Amla  South Africa Daniel Vettori  New Zealand
2009 M.S.Dhoni  India Daniel Vettori  New Zealand
2008 M.S.Dhoni  India Nathan Bracken  Australia
2007 Ricky Ponting  Australia Shaun Pollock  South Africa
2006 Michael Hussey  Australia Shaun Pollock  South Africa
2005 Ricky Ponting  Australia Glenn McGrath  Australia
2004 Adam Gilchrist  Australia Shaun Pollock  South Africa
2003 Sachin Tendulkar  India Shaun Pollock  South Africa
2002 Michael Bevan  Australia Shaun Pollock  South Africa
2001 Michael Bevan  Australia Muttiah Muralitharan  Sri Lanka
2000 Michael Bevan  Australia Muttiah Muralitharan  Sri Lanka
1999 Michael Bevan  Australia Shaun Pollock  South Africa
1998 Sachin Tendulkar  India Saqlain Mushtaq  Pakistan
1997 Brian Lara  West Indies Shaun Pollock  South Africa
1996 Brian Lara  West Indies Curtly Ambrose  West Indies
1995 Brian Lara  West Indies Paul Reiffel  Australia
1994 Brian Lara  West Indies Wasim Akram  Pakistan
1993 Brian Lara  West Indies Wasim Akram  Pakistan
1992 Dean Jones  Australia Curtly Ambrose  West Indies
1991 Dean Jones  Australia Curtly Ambrose  West Indies
1990 Dean Jones  Australia Curtly Ambrose  West Indies
1989 Dean Jones  Australia Courtney Walsh  West Indies
1988 Javed Miandad  Pakistan Malcolm Marshall  West Indies
1987 Vivian Richards  West Indies Maninder Singh  India
1986 Vivian Richards  West Indies Joel Garner  West Indies
1985 Vivian Richards  West Indies Joel Garner  West Indies
1984 Vivian Richards  West Indies Joel Garner  West Indies
1983 Zaheer Abbas  Pakistan Richard Hadlee  New Zealand
1982 Vivian Richards  West Indies Dennis Lillee  Australia
1981 Greg Chappell  Australia Dennis Lillee  Australia
1980 Greg Chappell  Australia Dennis Lillee  Australia
1979 Greg Chappell  Australia Andy Roberts  West Indies
1978 Greg Chappell  Australia Chris Old  England
1977 Greg Chappell  Australia Max Walker  Australia
1976 Dennis Amiss  England Bernard Julien  West Indies
1975 Keith Fletcher  England Max Walker  Australia
1974 Keith Fletcher  England Geoff Arnold  England
1973 Dennis Amiss  England Geoff Arnold  England
1972 Keith Stackpole  Australia Geoff Arnold  England
1971 John Edrich  England Keith Stackpole  Australia

Top 10 Rankings: Batting and Bowling[edit]

Historical T20I Cricket rankings[edit]

Year end top ranked players in T20I Cricket[edit]

Date Top Batsman Country Top Bowler Country
2017 Aaron Finch  Australia Imad Wasim  Pakistan
2016 Virat Kohli  India Imran Tahir  South Africa
2015 Aaron Finch  Australia Sunil Narine  West Indies
2014 Virat Kohli  India Samuel Badree  West Indies
2013 Alex Hales  England Sunil Narine  West Indies
2012 Shane Watson  Australia Saeed Ajmal  Pakistan
2011 Eoin Morgan  England Ajantha Mendis  Sri Lanka
2010 Kevin Pietersen  England Graeme Swann  England
2009 Graeme Smith  South Africa Shahid Afridi  Pakistan
2008 Misbah-ul-Haq  Pakistan Umar Gul  Pakistan
2007 Andrew Symonds  Australia Umar Gul  Pakistan
2006 Graeme Smith  South Africa Andre Adams  New Zealand
2005 Ricky Ponting  Australia Brett Lee  Australia

Top 10 T20I rankings: Batting and Bowling[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ICC announces MRF Tyres as Global Partner". International Cricket Council. 20 January 2016. Archived from the original on 23 May 2016. Retrieved 27 January 2016.
  2. ^ Eastaway, Rob. "How the World Cricket Rankings were born".
  3. ^ "About ICC Cricket Rankings".
  4. ^ "ICC Best-Ever Test Championship Rating - Batting". ICC. Retrieved 23 Aug 2018.
  5. ^ "ICC Best-Ever Test Championship Rating - Bowling". ICC. Retrieved 23 Aug 2018.
  6. ^ "ICC Best-Ever ODI Championship Rating - Batting". Retrieved 20 May 2016.
  7. ^ "ICC Best-Ever ODI Championship Rating - Bowling". Retrieved 20 May 2016.
  8. ^ "ICC Best-Ever T20I Championship Rating - Batting". Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  9. ^ "ICC Best-Ever T20I Championship Rating - Bowling". Retrieved 18 July 2018.

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