On last Sunday (17th November), the International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the Test players’ rankings. Five Indian batsmen are dominating in the top 11 ICC Test batting rankings. Watching the Indian domination in latest ICC Test batting rankings, former English cricketer Nick Compton feels wonder and asks why it is.
Since October 2016, India are the no.1-ranked Test team. It is the new era of Indian Test cricket where many quality players are growing up with their consistent performances. While the Indian bowlers, especially the pacers, are destroying the opposition batting line-up regularly, the Indian batting is shaping up slowly.
Moreover, the Indian batsmen are always strong in the home venues where the quality batsmen mostly score big runs.
While India are currently unstoppable in Test cricket, especially from the beginning of their journey in the inaugural ICC World Test Championship (2019-21), both the batting and bowling sides have played their roles properly.
Just a few months ago, before the Test return of Australian cricketer Steven Smith, Indian captain Virat Kohli was maintaining the top position of the ICC Test batting rankings. But due to unstoppable performances in the Ashes 2019, Smith has overtaken that leading position and he is currently maintaining this best position.
While the no.1-ranked Test batsman Steven Smith has 937 rating points, the second-ranked Test batsman Virat Kohli has 912 rating points.
Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal are also inside the no.11 position of latest ICC Test batting rankings
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson is at the no.3 position in the Test batting rankings. Then, the Indian batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane are holding the no.4 and no.5 positions respectively in Test batting rankings. After some struggling years, both of them are now performing consistently in Test cricket.
India’s new Test openers, Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal, are heavily hit. In their early period of Test opening career, both have impressed with their consistent big knocks. While Rohit is standing in the 10th spot of Test batting rankings, Mayank has just earned his career-best 11th position in the Test batting rankings.
However, the former English opening batsman Nick Compton is surprised to see the Indian domination in the latest ICC Test batting rankings.
I wonder why that is – Nick Compton
In recent ICC Test batting rankings’ post on Twitter, ESPNcricinfo wrote, “India’s Test batting Nos. 1-5 are all among the top 11 batsmen in the world”.
The 36-year-old Nick Compton replied on that post, “I wonder why that is”.
Nick Compton made his Test debut for England in November 2012, during the Ahmedabad Test against the hosts India. The right-handed opening batsman played 16 Tests where he scored 775 runs with an average of 28.70. In Test career, he hit two centuries and two half-centuries out of 30 innings, including his best knock of 117 runs. Compton played his last Test in June 2016 against Sri Lanka at Lord’s (London).