Steve Smith, Virat Kohli and the top 10 ICC ranked Test batsmen

Sport360 staff 18/01/2018
The Australian skipper continues to lead the Test batsmen charts.

Virat Kohli became only the second Indian after Sunil Gavaskar to breach the 900-point mark in the ICC Test rankings for batsmen. In the latest rankings released on Thursday, the Indian superstar reclaimed the No2 spot from England skipper Joe Root who moved down to third place.

Following his 153 in the first innings of the Centurion Test against South Africa, Kohli's ratings jumped from 880 to 900. The highest rating achieved by the legendary Sachin Tendulkar was 898.

Australia captain Steve Smith remains the indisputable leader in the Test format with a whopping 947 rating points, the second highest recorded in the history of the rankings. Only Don Bradman has achieved a better rating of 961 in his career.

The 'Fab Four' comprising of Smith, Kohli, Root and Kane Williamson occupy the top slots in the latest rankings.

India's Cheteshwar Pujara's poor showing in South Africa has seen him slip from fifth spot to sixth in the updated rankings with Australia deputy skipper David Warner leapfrogging him.

Hashim Amla moved up two spots to occupy the eighth position with Pakistan's Azhar Ali remaining steady at No7.

Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal and England opener Alastair Cook complete the top 10 with both moving down a spot.

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The above four narrowly missed out on selection in the teams of the year.

The ICC Annual Awards 2017 were announced on Thursday with India’s Virat Kohli claiming the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for Cricketer of the Year.

The India skipper also claimed the ODI Cricketer of the Year award while his Australia counterpart Steve Smith took the top honour in the Test format.

On the team of the year selection, there were a few surprises omissions which have caught the eye of cricket fans worldwide.

Here, we look at four players who were unlucky to miss out on the team of the year selection.

SHAKIB AL HASAN (BANGLADESH)

The Bangladesh star is one of the best all-rounders in world cricket and has had another stellar year with both bat and ball.

In the voting period of the ICC Awards from September 21, 2016 to December 31, 2017, the 30-year-old southpaw has played a total of nine Test matches.

During this time, Shakib has picked up 41 wickets at an average of 29 including three five-wicket hauls.

He has been equally influential with the bat, scoring 771 runs at an average of 42.83 – including a highest score of 217 against New Zealand at Wellington.

Ben Stokes has been preferred ahead of Shakib as the all-rounder for the Test team of the Year.

During the same period, the England man has scored a 1000 runs in 14 matches at an average of 40.

With the ball, he has picked up 35 wickets at an average of 27.68.

Shakib Al Hasan's double ton in the Wellington Test was pure class.

JOE ROOT (ENGLAND)

The England man made it to the Test team of the year but missed out in the ODI format as South Africa’s AB De Villiers sneaked in ahead of him.

The 26-year-old has been a revelation in the 50-over game during the voting period with 983 runs at an average of 70.23.

This includes two centuries and seven fifties, with a highest score of 133 against Bangladesh in the ICC Champions Trophy.

Meanwhile, De Villiers has only scored 773 runs in 19 matches at an average of 59.46, with one ton and five half-centuries.

When comparing the numbers of both, Root’s exclusion seems completely baffling.

Root's numbers with the bat makes his exclusion a surprise.

HARDIK PANDYA (INDIA)

The India all-rounder has been making waves in the limited-overs format since his introduction to international cricket in 2016.

The 24-year-old has played 33 ODIs in the time-frame considered, picking up 35 wickets at an average of 35.48.

With the bat, Pandya has scored 602 runs in 21 innings at an average of 33.44 coupled with a strike-rate of over 118.

Stokes has been more impressive with the bat in hand in the same period with 764 runs in 18 matches at an average of 63.66, but falls some way behind in the bowling department with 16 wickets at an average of nearly 40.

This could have gone either way but considering the fact that Pandya has just burst onto the international stage, his achievements seem to carry more weight.

Pandya has been more effective with the ball than Stokes in the same period.

NATHAN LYON (AUSTRALIA)

Perhaps the most surprising omission from the ICC Test team of the year, Nathan Lyon has had a wonderful 2017 where he finished as the highest wicket-taker with 63 scalps to his name.

India’s Ravichandran Ashwin has been given the sole spinner’s slot in the Test team of the year with 111 wickets in 19 matches at an average of 25.87.

During the same time-frame, Lyon has picked up 75 wickets at an average of 28.22.

While stats will show that Ashwin was the clear winner, they do not tell the whole story.

All of Ashwin’s 111 wickets during this period have come in the subcontinent which has traditionally aided spinners.

That Lyon has had to the bulk of his bowling on Australian pitches with minimal help for spinners is a tremendous achievement and should have been taken into account for the team of the year.

Lyon has prospered on pitches not conducive to spin-bowling.

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Kohli was also named the captain for the Test and ODI teams of the year.

Following a landmark year, India skipper Virat Kohli scored big yet again in the 2017 ICC annual awards as he swept the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for Cricketer of the Year along with the ODI Cricketer of the Year.

The Indian batting maestro was also selected as the skipper for the Test and ODI teams of the year. This is the second time in a row that an Indian has won the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy with spinner Ravichandran Ashwin winning the award last year.

Australia skipper Steve Smith was awarded the Test Cricketer of the Year award following a brilliant year which culminated with his man-of-the-series performance in the Ashes. Smith has struck eight Test tons in the time-frame considered for the awards with over 1,800 runs.

There was good news for Pakistan cricket too as pacer Hasan Ali was awarded the Emerging Cricketer of the Year while the country’s win over India in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017  final was selected as the best fan moment.

Afghanistan’s teen sensation Rashid Khan walked away with the Associate Cricketer of the Year for his remarkable consistency.

India leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal’s 6-25 against England last year fetched him the ICC T20I Performance of the Year.

COMPLETE LIST OF AWARDS

Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Men’s Cricketer of the Year – Virat Kohli (India)

ICC Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Year – Virat Kohli (India)

ICC Men’s Test Cricketer of the Year – Steve Smith (Australia)

ICC Men’s Emerging Cricketer of the Year – Hasan Ali (Pakistan)

ICC Men’s T20I Performance of the Year – Yuzvendra Chahal (6-25 against England)

ICC Men’s Associate Cricketer of the Year – Rashis Khan (Afghanistan)

David Sheperd Trophy for ICC Umpire of the Year – Marais Erasmus (South Africa)

ICC Spirit of Cricket Award – Anya Shrubsole (England women)

ICC Fans Moment of the Year – Pakistan stun India to win the ICC Champions Trophy in England

ICC MEN’S TEST TEAM OF THE YEAR

Dean Elgar (South Africa)

David Warner (Australia)

Virat Kohli (captain) (India)

Steve Smith (Australia)

Cheteshwar Pujara (India)

Ben Stokes (England)

Quinton de Kock (wicket-keeper) (South Africa)

Ravichandran Ashwin (India)

Mitchell Starc (Australia)

Kagiso Rabada (South Africa)

James Anderson (England)

ICC MEN’S ODI TEAM OF THE YEAR

David Warner (Australia)

Rohit Sharma (India)

Virat Kohli (captain) (India)

Babar Azam (Pakistan)

AB de Villiers (South Africa)

Quinton de Kock (wicket-keeper) (South Africa)

Ben Stokes (England)

Trent Boult (New Zealand)

Hasan Ali (Pakistan)

Rashid Khan (Afghanistan)

Jasprit Bumrah (India)

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