Dubai, Dec 23 IBNS | 10 months ago

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday said South African fast bowler Vernon Philander has achieved the coveted number-one ranking on the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers after a stellar performance against India in the Johannesburg Test, which ended in a thrilling draw on Sunday.


Indian bastsman Virat Kohli has moved up to a career-best 11th position in the rankings list.

Philander had entered the Test trailing team-mate Dale Steyn by four ratings points.

While Philander recorded figures of four for 61 and three for 68, Steyn managed just one wicket.

The contrasting performances resulted in Philander gaining 13 ratings points and Steyn conceding 13 ratings points.

This swing means Philander now leads Steyn by 22 ratings points and the 28-year-old from Bellville will now start the Durban Test as the number-one ranked bowler in the world for the first time in his career.

Reacting to the news that he is the new number-one ranked Test bowler, Philander said: "I am happy with my position as the No.1 ranked Test bowler. It is an honour to have been bowling alongside a champion like Dale."

"It's been a great couple of years for our squad, and I have been fortunate enough to contribute to our success on the field. What has been the most pleasing though for us has been the all-round contribution from everyone in the squad that has been the main reason for our success over the last few years," the fast bowler said.

"Needless to say, it is always easier to be at the top of your game and successful when you are part of a winning team. Dale has been a tireless workhorse for us and continues to consistently put in quality performances for our team, it is no wonder that he was at the top of the bowling ranking for so long," he said.

Philander has dislodged Steyn, who had been at the top of table since July 2009 when he went past Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralidaran.

Overall, Steyn spent 186 matches at the number-one position, the second-most ever after Muralidaran.

Philander is now the seventh South Africa bowler to claim the number-one rank after Aubrey Faulkner (1914-1921), Hugh Tayfield (1955-1958), Peter Pollock (1969), Allan Donald (1998-1999), Shaun Pollock (1999-2003) and Steyn (2008-2013).

Overall Philander is the 74th bowler to head the Test bowling ranking.

Philander has also become the third South Africa bowler after Pollock and Steyn to break the barrier of 900 ratings points, considered a landmark for top bowlers.

Philander's total of 912 ratings points is the joint-sixth best ever, with England's Tony Lock and West Indies paceman Curtly Ambrose, and the best-ever by a South Africa bowler.

Meanwhile, two of the four centurions in the Johannesburg Test, Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis, have moved in the right direction on the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen.

Kohli, who stroked 119 and 96, has jumped nine places to a career-best 11th position, du Plessis' 134 in the second innings has helped him rocket 16 places to a best-ever 28th position.

Of the other two century-makers in the Test, number-one ranked AB de Villiers and India's Cheteshwar Pujara have consolidated their number-one and number-seven spots, respectively. De Villiers now leads second-ranked Hashim Amla by 25 ratings points while Pujara has earned 37 ratings points to lead eighth-ranked Misbah-ul-Haq by 55 ratings points and has reduced the gap with sixth-ranked Kumar Sangakkara to 28 ratings points.

New Zealand's eight-wicket win over West Indies in the third and final Test at Hamilton has helped it register a 2-0 series win and, thereby, gain seven ratings points to retain seventh position with 82 ratings points on the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings Table.

West Indies, on the other hand, has dropped behind Sri Lanka in seventh position.

The biggest movers among the players were Shivnarine Chanderpaul in third (up by two) and Ross Taylor at a career-best fourth (up by two) on the batting table. New Zealand's Tim Southee at 13th (up by four) made the biggest move on the bowling table.

Meanwhile, England off-spinner Graeme Swann has finished his Test career at 15th in the bowlers' table. Swann's highest ranking with the ball was when he achieved the number-two position in March 2010. He reached a peak of 858 points later that year.

Swann also spent 41 matches and 111 days in 2011 as the top ranked ODI bowler, first reaching top spot on 3 July 2011. He has ended his ODI career in 24th rank on the bowling table.

He also spent 35 matches and 338 days as the top ranked T20I bowler, first reaching top spot on 30 December 2010. Swann has ended his T20I career in 17th position.

Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings table (as on 23 December, after the New Zealand v West Indies series)

Rank (+/-) Team Rating (+/-)

1 South Africa 131

2 India 119

3 England 116

4 Pakistan 102

5 Australia 101

6 (+1) Sri Lanka 88

7 (-1) West Indies 87 (-8)

8 New Zealand 82 (+7)

9 Zimbabwe 34

10 Bangladesh 18

(Developed by David Kendix)

Reliance ICC Test Rankings (as of 23 December, after the third Test between New Zealand and West Indies, and the first Test between South Africa and India)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Ave HS Rating

1 ( - ) AB de Villiers SA 906 51.54 909 v Pak at Dubai 2013

2 ( - ) Hashim Amla SA 881 51.76 907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

3 (+2) S.Chanderpaul WI 876 51.93 901 v NZ at Napier 2008

4 (+2) Ross Taylor NZ 871! 47.51 871 v WI at Hamilton 2013

5 (-2) Michael Clarke Aus 868 52.20 900 v SL at Melbourne 2012

6 (-2) K Sangakkara SL 866 56.98 938 v Eng at Kandy 2007

7 ( - ) C Pujara Ind 838*! 67.63 838 v SA at Johannesburg 2013

8 ( - ) Misbah-ul-Haq Pak 783! 46.03 783 v SA at Dubai 2013

9 ( - ) Graeme Smith SA 775 49.43 843 v Eng at Johannesburg 2010

10 ( - ) Younus Khan Pak 769 51.17 880 v SL at Lahore 2009

11 (+9) Virat Kohli Ind 748*! 45.31 748 v SA at Johannesburg 2013

12 (-1) David Warner Aus 741! 43.20 741 v Eng at Perth 2013

13 (-1) Ian Bell Eng 731 46.36 822 v Ind at The Oval 2011

14 ( - ) Alastair Cook Eng 700 47.07 874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012

15 (-2) Jacques Kallis SA 681 55.12 935 v NZ at Centurion 2007

16 (-1) Kevin Pietersen Eng 675 47.64 909 v WI at Headingley 2007

17 (-1) Asad Shafiq Pak 660* 39.11 680 v SA at Cape Town 2013

18 (-1) Jonathan Trott Eng 654 46.45 856 v SL at Cardiff 2011

19 ( - ) M Jayawardena SL 639 49.56 883 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2009

20 (-2) Darren Bravo WI 636 44.68 709 v Aus at Port-of-Spain 2012

Selected Rankings

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Ave HS Rating

21 (+5) K Williamson NZ 621! 35.88 621 v WI at Hamilton 2013

23 (-2) MS Dhoni Ind 616 39.11 662 v SA at Kolkata 2010

28 (+16) Faf du Plessis SA 593*! 61.58 593 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013

29 (-7) M Samuels WI 590 35.51 672 v Zim at Bridgetown 2013

34 (-3) B McCullum NZ 575 35.21 673 v Pak at Hamilton 2011

36 (+4) Alviro Petersen SA 571 37.65 655 v NZ at Cape Town 2013

44 (-1) Murali Vijay Ind 530* 37.19 533 v WI at Mumbai 2013

45 ( - ) R Ashwin Ind 516* 39.40 518 v WI at Mumbai 2013

46= ( - ) BJ Watling NZ 502* 35.40 509 v WI at Wellington 2013

(+8) Rohit Sharma Ind 502*! 102.66 502 v SA at Johannesburg 2013

50 (+10) Denesh Ramdin WI 472! 27.25 472 v NZ at Hamilton 2013

56 (-5) Kieran Powell WI 444* 28.21 468 v Ban at Mirpur 2012

60 (+8) H Rutherford NZ 416* 34.87 454 v Eng at Wellington 2013

61 (-6) Kirk Edwards WI 411* 35.69 524 v Aus at Bridgetown 2012

64 (-5) JP Duminy SA 406* 33.07 466 v Aus at Brisbane 2012

67 ( - ) Darren Sammy WI 391 21.68 452 v Zim at Bridgetown 2013

70 (-5) Peter Fulton NZ 384* 29.18 413 v Eng at Auckland 2013

75 (+17) V Philander SA 363*! 23.45 363 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013

85 (-9) N Deonarine WI 338* 25.89 401 v Aus at Port-of-Spain 2012

91 (-17) S Dhawan Ind 321* 54.20 420 v Aus at Mohali 2013

Bowlers

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Ave HS Rating

1 (+1) V Philander SA 912! 17.56 912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013

2 (-1) Dale Steyn SA 890 23.07 908 v Pak at Johannesburg 2013

3 ( - ) Rangana Herath SL 831 29.52 838 v NZ at Colombo (PSS) 2012

4 ( - ) Saeed Ajmal Pak 824 26.54 855 v Zim at Harare 2013

5 (+1) Ryan Harris Aus 796* 22.45 801 v Eng at Brisbane 2013

6 (+1) Peter Siddle Aus 786 28.68 816 v Eng at Old Trafford 2013

7 (-2) R Ashwin Ind 767 28.50 808 v WI at Mumbai 2013

8 ( - ) Pragyan Ojha Ind 748 30.26 773 v Eng at Kolkata 2012

9 ( - ) Stuart Broad Eng 745 30.25 783 v WI at Lord's 2012

10 ( - ) Trent Boult NZ 729*! 26.54 729 v WI at Hamilton 2013

11 (+1) Morne Morkel SA 704 29.94 776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011

12 (-1) Abdur Rehman Pak 703* 27.55 739 v Eng at Dubai 2012

13 (+4) Tim Southee NZ 699! 31.44 699 v WI at Hamilton 2013

14 (-1) J Anderson Eng 677 30.69 813 v Ind at Edgbaston 2011

15= (-1) Graeme Swann Eng 663 29.96 858 v Pak at Lord's 2010

(-1) M Johnson Aus 663 29.37 825 v Eng at Cardiff 2009

17 (-1) Kemar Roach WI 649* 27.71 712 v NZ at Kingston 2012

18 ( - ) Ben Hilfenhaus Aus 639* 28.50 757 v WI at Port-of-Spain 2012

19 (+1) S Al Hasan Ban 614 32.60 680 v WI at Mirpur 2011

20 (-1) S Shillingford WI 613* 32.32 652 v NZ at Dunedin 2013

Selected Rankings

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Ave HS Rating

22 ( - ) Zaheer Khan Ind 587 32.56 752 v SA at Durban 2010

25 (+5) Ishant Sharma Ind 522 37.85 671 v WI at Dominica 2011

29 (+5) Jacques Kallis SA 501 32.53 742 v Eng at Headingley 2003

30 (+2) Darren Sammy WI 499* 35.79 568 v Aus at Bridgetown 2012

42 (+4) M Shami Ind 415*! 21.06 415 v SA at Johannesburg 2013

44 (+1) Neil Wagner NZ 397*! 37.94 397 v WI at Hamilton 2013

46 (+19) C Anderson NZ 377*! 19.36 377 v WI at Hamilton 2013

49 (-5) N Deonarine WI 343* 29.70 391 v Ind at Mumbai 2013

55 (-1) Imran Tahir SA 307* 43.08 312 v Pak at Dubai 2013

66 (+15) Sunil Narine WI 253* 40.52 282 v NZ at Kingston 2012

68 (-2) K Williamson NZ 244* 39.90 291 v Eng at Headingley 2013

69 (-6) V Permaul WI 242* 37.66 282 v Ind at Kolkata 2013

74 (+1) JP Duminy SA 218* 40.10 302 v Eng at Johannesburg 2010

76 (-3) M Samuels WI 211* 52.14 250 v Zim at Dominica 2013

88 (-3) Ish Sodhi NZ 162* 51.45 177 v WI at Dunedin 2013

All-rounders

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts HS Rating

1 ( - ) R Ashwin Ind 396*/ 419 v WI at Mumbai 2013

2 ( - ) S Al Hasan Ban 362 404 v Pak at Mirpur 2011

3 ( - ) Jacques Kallis SA 341 616 v Pak at Durban 2002

4 ( - ) V Philander SA 331*/ ! 331 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013

5 ( - ) Stuart Broad Eng 279 382 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2012

(Posted on 23-12-2013)