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ICC Player Rankings

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The ICC 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. 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. 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
31 December 2015 Steve Smith  Australia Ravichandran Ashwin  India
31 December 2014 AB de Villiers  South Africa Dale Steyn  South Africa
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
31 December 1999 Brian Lara  West Indies Shaun Pollock  South Africa
31 December 1998 Sachin Tendulkar  India Allan Donald  South Africa
31 December 1997 Steve Waugh  Australia Glenn McGrath  Australia
31 December 1996 Steve Waugh  Australia Glenn McGrath  Australia
31 December 1995 Brian Lara  West Indies Shane Warne  Australia
31 December 1994 Sachin Tendulkar  India Shane Warne  Australia
31 December 1993 Graham Gooch  England Waqar Younis  Pakistan
31 December 1992 Graham Gooch  England Curtly Ambrose  West Indies
31 December 1991 Graham Gooch  England Curtly Ambrose  West Indies
31 December 1990 Richie Richardson  West Indies Malcolm Marshall  West Indies
31 December 1989 Richie Richardson  West Indies Malcolm Marshall  West Indies
31 December 1988 Javed Miandad  Pakistan Richard Hadlee  New Zealand
31 December 1987 DB Vengsarkar  India Richard Hadlee  New Zealand
31 December 1986 Viv Richards  West Indies Richard Hadlee  New Zealand
31 December 1985 Allan Border  Australia Richard Hadlee  New Zealand
31 December 1984 Clive Lloyd  West Indies Richard Hadlee  New Zealand
31 December 1983 Clive Lloyd  West Indies Imran Khan  Pakistan
31 December 1982 Viv Richards  West Indies Imran Khan  Pakistan
31 December 1981 Viv Richards  West Indies Dennis Lillee  Australia
31 December 1980 Viv Richards  West Indies Joel Garner  West Indies

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
31 December 2015 AB de Villiers  South Africa Mitchell Starc  Australia
31 December 2014 AB de Villiers  South Africa Sunil Narine  West Indies
31 December 2013 AB de Villiers  South Africa Saeed Ajmal  Pakistan
31 December 2012 Hashim Amla  South Africa Mohammad Hafeez  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 M.S.Dhoni  India 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 Michael Bevan  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
31 December 1999 Michael Bevan  Australia Shaun Pollock  South Africa
31 December 1998 Sachin Tendulkar  India Saqlain Mushtaq  Pakistan
31 December 1997 Brian Lara  West Indies Shaun Pollock  South Africa
31 December 1996 Brian Lara  West Indies Curtly Ambrose  West Indies
31 December 1995 Brian Lara  West Indies Paul Reiffel  Australia
31 December 1994 Brian Lara  West Indies Wasim Akram  Pakistan
31 December 1993 Brian Lara  West Indies Wasim Akram  Pakistan
31 December 1992 Dean Jones  Australia Curtly Ambrose  West Indies
31 December 1991 Dean Jones  Australia Curtly Ambrose  West Indies
31 December 1990 Dean Jones  Australia Curtly Ambrose  West Indies

Top 10 Rankings: Batting and Bowling[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ICC announces MRF Tyres as Global Partner". International Cricket Council. 20 January 2016. Retrieved 2016-01-27. 
  2. ^ "ICC Best-Ever Test Championship Rating - Batting". ICC. Retrieved 20 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "ICC Best-Ever Test Championship Rating - Bowling". ICC. Retrieved 20 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "ICC Best-Ever ODI Championship Rating - Batting". Retrieved 20 May 2016. 
  5. ^ "ICC Best-Ever ODI Championship Rating - Bowling". Retrieved 20 May 2016. 

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