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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.

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Rankings calculationsEdit

The player rankings are a weighted average of all a player's performances, with recent matches weighted most heavily (so the overall effect of a good or bad performance decline over time). Each match performance is given a rating out of 1000, based on a set of pre-determined criteria, and these figures averaged.[4] This means that the maximum possible overall rating is 1000, and a player gaining a rating of 900 is seen as an exceptional achievement.[5] Separate lists are maintained for batting and bowling and an all-rounder rating is also published, which is obtained by multiplying a player's batting and bowling rating together and dividing by 1000.

For batting, the performance rating is based on a combination of runs scored, the rating of the opposition bowlers, match result and comparison to the overall scores in the match. A bowler gains points based on wickets taken, runs conceded and match result, with more points gained for dismissing highly rated batsmen. A damping-factor is applied to a player's rating at the start of their career, so they do not get a full rating for their performances until they have played about 20 Tests.

Current rankingsEdit

Historical rankingsEdit

Historical Test cricket rankingsEdit

Year end top ranked players in Test cricketEdit

Date Top Batsman Country Top Bowler Country
2018 Virat Kohli   India Kagiso Rabada   South Africa
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 Dilip 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
1945 No Test cricket took place (due to World War II)
1944
1943
1942
1941
1940
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
1919 No Test cricket took place (due to World War I)
1918
1917
1916
1915
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 moreEdit

Historical One Day International (ODI) cricket rankingsEdit

Year end top ranked players in ODI cricketEdit

Date Top Batsman Country Top Bowler Country
2018 Virat Kohli   India Jasprit Bumrah   India
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 bowlingEdit

Historical T20I rankingsEdit

Year end top ranked players in T20I cricketEdit

Date Top Batsman Country Top Bowler Country
2018 Babar Azam   Pakistan Rashid Khan   Afghanistan
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 bowlingEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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 Player Rankings". www.relianceiccrankings.com. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  5. ^ "ICC Player Rankings". www.relianceiccrankings.com. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  6. ^ "ICC Best-Ever Test Championship Rating - Batting". ICC. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  7. ^ "ICC Best-Ever Test Championship Rating - Bowling". ICC. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  8. ^ "ICC Best-Ever ODI Championship Rating - Batting". Retrieved 20 May 2016.
  9. ^ "ICC Best-Ever ODI Championship Rating - Bowling". Retrieved 20 May 2016.
  10. ^ "ICC Best-Ever T20I Championship Rating - Batting". Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  11. ^ "ICC Best-Ever T20I Championship Rating - Bowling". Retrieved 18 February 2019.

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