ICC Player Rankings

ICC Player Rankings – this is a system for evaluating the players of national cricket teams. The score is made for three types of cricket – Test, ODI and T20I. In each type of cricket, the ratings are divided into three roles: Batters, Bowlers and All-rounders. Players are assigned points – from 0 to 1000. The more points – the higher the place in the rating. The ICC Player Rankings is updated every Wednesday.

ICC Player Rankings: Men's Test Cricket

ICC Player Rankings
Men's Test Cricket

Pos Player Team Score Eoin Morgan ENG 9 Chris Woakes ENG 239 Devon Conway NZL 1 Jason Holder WIN 434 Jos Buttler ENG

ICC Player Rankings: Men's ODI Cricket

ICC Player Rankings: Men's T20I Cricket

ICC Player Rankings - men's cricket player rankings

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ICC Player Rankings - Batting, Bowling and All-Rounder

The ICC Player Rankings is a widely used system for calculating the success of each individual athlete taking part in international cricket competitions. The calculation procedure is performed according to the current data that is freely available and has a mathematical justification.

The ICC Player Rankings is a widely followed system of rankings for international cricketers based on their recent performances
The ICC Player Rankings is a widely followed system of rankings for international cricketers based on their recent performances

The International Cricket Council (ICC) itself is directly engaged in compiling ratings (men’s and women’s) with the support of MRF Tyres, with which a 4-year sponsorship contract has been signed.

The ancestor of the rating system is considered to be Ted Dexter, who proposed in 1987 to evaluate players not by their average career indicators, but by the quality of the game, using statistical algorithms. In his opinion, this technique is a kind of measure of the success of a cricketer and gives the audience an idea of him at the moment.

Initially, ratings were compiled only for players participating in the Test, but since 1998, ODI ratings have been introduced, and since 2011, T20I. Subsequently, the ICC Player Rankings were supplemented with historical and women’s. Visually, the indicators are presented in the form of the top 10 most productive Test, ODI and T20I players in the positions of batsman, bowler and all-rounder. You can get acquainted with the rating at the end of the article.

ICC Player Rankings shows top-10 10 players of the month
ICC Player Rankings shows top-10 10 players

ICC Player Rankings: history

The founder of the rating system in cricket is considered to be an ex-player Ted Dexter, who retired from professional sports in 1968. As he said, he achieved what he wanted on the field, but his interests were not limited to this: later, the Englishman would become a successful journalist, showman, PR man and TV presenter, although it is the rating system that will make him famous.

Some time after the end of his sports career, Dexter actively began to work in the near-cricket direction. The first serious project that the former athlete took up was unusual scouting, the idea of which appeared in 1980. The search for suitable candidates took place among the visitors of bars and eateries together with his friend Bob Willis. The idea, which seemed promising at first glance, quickly failed. But the acquaintance with Gordon Vince and Rob Eastaway turned out to be fateful for the former player.

The Cambridge graduates worked at Logica and ICI but did not know each other. Specialists hatched the idea of developing complex simulations in cricket independently of each other, devoting all their free time to it. At one point, the researchers met to share their own best practices in this area. The result of their research was published in the form of an article in the magazine “The Cricketer”, after which they were contacted by the ex-captain of the England national team Ted Dexter. The further fate of the rating system lay in the hands of three amateurs who were ready to bring the idea of ranking players to an end.

Together, the company of enthusiasts managed to develop a system that did not become another way to evaluate a player’s career but served as a guide for evaluating the current form of each individual cricketer.

It took months to develop the program. Every time changes were made to the algorithm; everything had to be evaluated anew. A tangible help was a sponsor’s appearance, which was made by the boss Rob Eastaway from Deloitte. Thus, it is not surprising that the first rating of cricketers appeared on June 17, 1987, under the name Deloittes Ratings. The very next day, the system was tested in Test on a team from Pakistan. The result was positive, but constant changes and additions were required. Already at the beginning of 1988, new parameters were introduced, after which the algorithm was really talked about all over the world.

Presentation of the first ICC player ranking system by Ted Dexter and his companions
Presentation of the first ICC player ranking system by Ted Dexter and his companions

With the growing number of ODIs around the world, Eastaway and Vince thought about creating a ranking system for this form of the game. Obviously, the number of factors taken into account has increased, but this has not affected their determination. In the summer of 1998, the ODI rating appeared.

An important change occurred in January 2005, when the ratings were officially recognized and acquired by the ICC. The then executive director of Malcolm Speed announced that the ICC has been striving to develop an official rating system for a long time. The Deloittes Ratings algorithm provided the most accurate reflection of the merits of international cricketers, so it was decided to take it as a basis.

The popularization of women’s ODI matches led to the appearance of the women’s ODI rating, which was presented in October 2008. However, the key counting algorithm is identical to the male one with several minor adaptations. Since October 2011, the MRF Tyres player rating for the form of Twenty20 cricket has been launched.

Some words about ICC Player Rankings calculation
Some words about ICC Player Rankings calculation

ICC Player Rankings: calculation

The rating of cricketers is a weighted average of the most important game indicators based on the most up-to-date statistical data. Initially, each result is assigned a value equal to 1000, after which it is averaged in accordance with the new results. Thus, the maximum possible rating cannot exceed 1000, and players who have reached the 900 mark become the owners of exceptional achievements.

Individual indicators are maintained for batting and bowling. Additionally, a universal rating is published, formed as a product of the player’s rating of batting and bowling and divided by 1000. The batting rating is based on the performance of runs and bowling – as a comparison of private performance with the result of the meeting.

The strength of the rating is considered to take into account many factors, among which even the “player’s debut” can be considered as a vivid example of this. In this case, the system will begin to monitor the athlete only after 20 complete Tests closely.

ICC Player Rankings: Top 10 Test, ODO, T20I players

We offer you to get acquainted with the current Player Rankings in cricket in all forms (Test, ODO, T20I).

Player Test Rankings

Test rankings
ICC Top 10 Test Batsmen ICC Top 10 Test bowlers ICC Top 10 All-Rounder Rankings
Rank Name Rating Rank Name Rating Rank Name Rating
1 Kane Williamson 919 1 Pat Cummins 908 1 Jason Holder 423
2 Steve Smith 891 2 Ravichandran Ashwin 850 2 Ben Stokes 393
3 Marnus Labuschagne 878 3 Neil Wagner 825 3 Ravindra Jadeja 386
4 Joe Root 831 4 James Anderson 822 4 Ravichandran Ashwin 353
5 Virat Kohli 814 5 Josh Hazlewood 816 5 Shakib Al Hasan 338
6 Rishabh Pant 747 6 Tim Southee 811 6 Kyle Jamieson 293
Henry Nicholls 747 7 Stuart Broad 792 7 Mitchell Starc 275
Rohit Sharma 747 8 Jason Holder 755 8 Colin de Grandhomme 258
9 David Warner 724 9 Kagiso Rabada 753 9 Pat Cummins 249
10 Babar Azam 714 10 Mitchell Starc 744 10 Chris Woakes 238
Reference: ICC Rankings, 11 May 2021

Player ODI Rankings

ODI rankings
ICC Top 10 Test Batsmen ICC Top 10 Test bowlers ICC Top 10 All-Rounder Rankings
Rank Name Rating Rank Name Rating Rank Name Rating
1 Babar Azam 865 1 Trent Boult 737 1 Shakib Al Hasan 387
2 Virat Kohli 857 2 Mehedi Hasan 713 2 Ben Stokes 295
3 Rohit Sharma 825 3 Mujeeb Ur Rahman 708 3 Mohammad Nabi 294
4 Ross Taylor 801 4 Matt Henry 691 4 Chris Woakes 273
5 Aaron Finch 791 5 Jasprit Bumrah 690 5 Rashid Khan 270
6 Jonny Bairstow 785 6 Kagiso Rabada 666 6 Mitchell Santner 268
7 Fakhar Zaman 778 7 Chris Woakes 665 7 Imad Wasim 263
Faf du Plessis 778 8 Josh Hazlewood 660 8 Colin de Grandhomme 257
9 David Warner 773 9 Pat Cummins 646 9 Ravindra Jadeja 245
Shai Hope 773 10 Mustafizur Rahman 645 10 Sean Williams 238
Reference: ICC Rankings, 28 May 2021

Player T20I Rankings

T20I rankings
ICC Top 10 Test Batsmen ICC Top 10 Test bowlers ICC Top 10 All-Rounder Rankings
Rank Name Rating Rank Name Rating Rank Name Rating
1 David Malan 892 1 Tabraiz Shamsi 732 1 Mohammad Nabi 285
2 Aaron Finch 830 2 Rashid Khan 719 2 Shakib Al Hasan 238
3 Babar Azam 828 3 Ashton Agar 702 3 Glenn Maxwell 226
4 Devon Conway 774 4 Adil Rashid 694 4 Richard Berrington 194
5 Virat Kohli 762 5 Mujeeb Ur Rahman 687 5 Gareth Delany 170
6 Rassie van der Dussen 756 6 Tim Southee 669 6 Khawar Ali 159
7 Lokesh Rahul 743 7 Adam Zampa 663 7 Sean Williams 158
8 Glenn Maxwell 694 8 Ish Sodhi 640 8 Collins Obuya 153
9 Martin Guptill 688 9 Lakshan Sandakan 639 9 Rohan Mustafa 152
10 Mohammad Rizwan 640 10 Wanindu De Silva 623 10 Zeeshan Maqsood 135
Reference: ICC Rankings, 23 May 2021

The full list of the most productive cricketers of the planet is available on the official resource of the International Cricket Council in the corresponding section.

Find more information about teams and players on our website.

ICC Player Rankings: FAQ

What is the ICC Player Rankings and who makes them?

ICC Player Ratings is a system for evaluating players based on their game achievements. The ratings are compiled for the players of National Teams by the main organization of world cricket - International Cricket Council.

Why is there no one ICC Player Rankings, as in tennis, for example?

Cricket is a multi-layered team game, with different roles. It is impossible to make a single ICC Player Rankings - it will be biased. Therefore, the ratings are divided - firstly by types of cricket (not every Test cricketer plays ODI or T20I matches and vice versa), secondly - by roles - Batsmen, Bowlers and All-rounders.

How many participants are there in the ICC Player Rankings?

The ICC makes a ranking of the 100 best Batsmen and 100 best Bowlers in each type of Cricket, as well as 20 All-Rounders.

Ajit Jane
Author: Ajit Jane Position: Chief Editor

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