ICC Test Rankings: India opener Mayank Agarwal breaks into the top 10

Adithya Sundar 18:12 26/11/2019
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A special moment for the India opener. Image credit - BCCI/Twitter.

India Test opener Mayank Agarwal has broken into the Top 10 of the ICC Test rankings after finishing 2019 as India’s highest run-getter. The opener who is only 9 matches old at the international level, raked in 700 points after scoring 754 runs at an average of 68.54 in 2019.

A century in the final game of the year, saw Virat Kohli close in on Steve Smith who occupies the top spot among the batsmen. The Indian skipper is now only three points behind the Australian batsman.

The top ten batsmen currently comprises of four Indians, three New Zealanders and one each from Sri Lanka and England.

Top 10 Test batsmen

1 S.P.D. Smith 931
2 V. Kohli 928
3 K.S. Williamson 877
4 C.A. Pujara 791
5 A.M. Rahane 759
6 H.M. Nicholls 744
7 F.D.M. Karunaratne 723
8 T.W.M. Latham 707
9 B.A. Stokes 704
10 M.A. Agarwal 700

Pat Cummins leads the way among the bowlers, as he is almost certain to finish the year as the highest wicket-taker with 48 wickets from nine matches.

New Zealand’s short ball specialist, Neil Wagner rose to No.3 in the rankings, jumping five places after his five-wicket haul against England on the final day of the first Test at Bay Oval.

India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is only spinner in the top ten and he is tied at the ninth spot with Jos Hazlewood.

2019 has been a year where fast bowlers have been so dominant that Ashwin’s teammate  Ravindra Jadeja and Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah are the only other slow bowlers in the top 20.

Top 10 Test bowlers

1 P.J. Cummins 907
2 K. Rabada 839
3 N. Wagner 816
4 J.O. Holder 814
5 J.J. Bumrah 794
6 J.M. Anderson 790
7 V.D. Philander 783
8 K.A.J. Roach 780
9 R. Ashwin 772
9 J.R. Hazlewood 772

Jason Holder is still the best all-rounder in the longer format despite playing for an inconsistent team. New Zealand all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme who averages 40.3 with the bat and 29.63 with the ball, has broken into the top ten and occupies eighth spot.

Top 10 Test all-rounders

1 J.O. Holder 472
2 R.A. Jadeja 406
3 B.A. Stokes 402
4 V.D. Philander 316
5 R. Ashwin 309
6 P.J. Cummins 280
7 M.A. Starc 270
8 C. de Grandhomme 242
9 M.M. Ali 230
10 T.G. Southee 228

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