ICC rankings were initiated to present the standings of teams and players. This gave a perspective about how the teams are faring with respect to one another. The best-performing batsmen and bowlers often found a spot at the top of the charts. But there is a certain fallacy that the rankings have. It often doesn’t take into account the playing conditions (home and away). Hence every series is awarded the same way. Let’s discuss Bizarre Facts About ICC Rankings.
Bizarre Facts About ICC Rankings
#5 Afghanistan are ranked above West Indies in the T20I rankings:
West Indies are the only team in the world to win the World Cup twice (2012 and 2016). Two-time world champions Windies are strangely placed below Afghanistan in the T20I rankings. The Afghan team are yet to even qualify for the semi-finals of a World T20 event. But still, they are well above the Windies in the rankings. At times it is hard for a naive cricket fan to understand who is the better team if they look at the ICC rankings.
#4 Trent Boult is ahead of Glenn Maxwell in the all-rounders’ rankings
Glenn Maxwell who is one of the most destructive batsmen in world cricket. He is more than a handy off-spinner as well. Maxwell has more often and not won games for Australia singlehandedly. He has been effective with the ball too. But Maxwell sits at number 20 in the all-rounders’ rankings. Trent Boult who is primarily a left-arm seamer occupies the 18th spot and Kagiso Rabada another bowler occupies the 19th spot. Nothing can be stranger than this!
#3 Shreyas Iyer is behind Kedar Jadhav in the ODI rankings
The top batsmen often stay consistently at the peak of the rankings. Babar Azam, Virat Kohli, and Rohit Sharma are the Top 3 ICC-ranked batsmen in the world currently. But the same can’t be said about the batsmen who fall in the rankings below 20 categories. There is not a lot of science and logic in how the rankings work then.
Kedar Jadhav, who has not played a single ODI match since February 2020, occupies 43rd rank. While Shreyas Iyer who is a constant presence in the Indian team occupies 73rd position. Explosive players like Ravindra Jadeja (89th rank) and Rishabh Pant (92nd rank) are also way behind Jadhav.
Kagiso Rabada is one of the leading bowlers in world cricket across formats. Rabada won the IPL Purple Cap in the 2020 season. But strangely he sits at 91st position in the T20I bowler rankings. Ben Stokes who is an occasional bowler in T20Is is ahead of Rabada. Krunal Pandya and Hardik Pandya too also hold a better position in the ICC T20I Rankings than Rabada.
#1 A veteran like Ross Taylor is behind Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav surely is one of the most exciting batsmen in the world. He will surely play a lot more games as he goes ahead. But currently, Yadav has played just three T20 internationals until now. He has not even aggregated 100 runs, and yet is ranked above Ross Taylor who is a T20 veteran. Yadav is well above Marcus Stoinis and Rishabh Pant in the rankings, who have been T20 regulars for their respective teams.