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Steve Smith enters all time best ICC Rating

Australian captain Steve Smith has attained a career-high rating on International Cricket Council’s official ranking that places him among the game’s greatest ever batsmen.

 

Smith’s rating is the highest since Ponting climbed to 942 in 2006.

With scores of 27 and 109 in the first Test against India in Pune, the Australian batsman earned six rating points to move up to 939.

Only five batsmen have registered a higher rating than Steve Smith who are – Don Bradman (961), Len Hutton (945), Jack Hobbs (942), Ricky Ponting (942) and Peter May (941) – and Smith’s rating is the highest since Ponting climbed to 942 in 2006.

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West Indies legends Garfield Sobers, Clyde Walcott and Viv Richards, and Sri Lankan icon Kumar Sangakkara round out the top 10. They all had career-high ratings of 938.

The highest possible rating a player can receive is 1000. Sitting atop the ICC’s Test batting rankings, Smith now has a 66-point buffer on second-placed Virat Kohli (873), who lost 22 points after making scores of 0 and 13 during India’s 333-run defeat.

England’s Joe Root (848), New Zealand’s Kane Williamson (823) and Australia’s David Warner (805) round out the top five.

Whereas despite bowling only nine overs during Australia’s 333-run win, Josh Hazlewood has moved up to second on the Test bowler rankings, tied with India’s Ravindra Jadeja (860). Hazlewood has never had a higher or better ranking.

Unsurprisingly, Steve O’Keefe was Australia’s biggest mover on the rankings, shooting up 33 spots to 29th after his 12-wicket haul in Pune. Matt Renshaw moved up 18 spots from 52nd to 34th.

India’s Ravi Ashwin remains atop the Test bowling (878) and all-rounder (448) rankings. But inarguably the biggest surprise from the latest rankings was Mitchell Starc’s rise to fourth on the all-rounder rankings, with a career-high rating of 347.

Starc is ahead of England’s Ben Stokes (327), and behind Jadeja (372) and Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan (441). Starc sat seventh among all-rounders before the series.

 

  • Maksudul HAQUE, correspondent, bdcrictime

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