4 Players Who Achieved No. 1 ICC Ranking in All Formats

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Jasprit Bumrah has become the first bowler to join the list

Vishal Singh Feb. 12, 2024

Only certain players in the history of cricket have managed to attain this Godlike position and it was not easy for them to achieve this feat. It demanded years of hard work and dedication that's why there are a couple of elites on this list.

Jasprit Bumrah made history by being the first player to rank No.1 among bowlers in all formats according to the ICC Rankings. Bumrah had previously topped the ICC standings for ODIs and T20Is, and on February 7th he again topped the standings for bowlers in the Test format.

Because so many players fight for the top spot in the ICC Rankings, it gets difficult to achieve. The players are ranked by the ICC according to their recent performances, and every international match is taken into account.


Jasprit Bumrah -

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The Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah is the newest member of this exclusive group. Bumrah is the first bowler to achieve this accomplishment, as was previously stated. In the current ICC Test Rankings, he is the bowler with the highest ranking.
February 2018 saw Jasprit Bumrah ascend to the top of the ODI Rankings, a position he narrowly maintained until February 2020. Following his six-wicket performance in the ODI against England in July 2022, he enjoyed a brief return to the top.
Jasprit Bumrah won the top spot in the game's shortest format at the end of 2017 and was able to hold it for a short while. Jasprit Bumrah might reclaim his position in 2024 because the T20 World Cup is scheduled for later this year.

Virat Kohli -

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In November 2013, he took the top spot in the world rankings for the first time in ODIs, but he soon lost it. Later in his career, he stuck to the top spot for more than 1500 days from 2017-2021in the ODI format.

In September 2014, the Indian player rose to the top of the T20I rankings as a hitter. Similar to the ODI format, Kohli has been on first position several times in T20Is in his career.

Ricky Ponting -

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Ricky Ponting, a former Australian batsman, was renowned for his devastating batting abilities. No bowler on the planet could stop Ponting once he got going. As the Australian team's captain, Ponting won numerous titles and championships.

In Test matches, the right-handed hitter took the lead in December 2005 and remained unbeaten until November 2007. In March 2005, he became the top-ranked player in the ICC ODI Rankings. In the meantime, Ponting became the first batter to rank No.1 in the ICC T20I Batters Rankings.


In February 2005, he struck a match-winning 98* in the inaugural T20I between Australia and New Zealand. Before dropping to number two in February 2006, the former Australian captain had been ranked number one for nearly a full year. In the last T20I match of his career, Ponting was ranked eleventh.

Shakib Al Hasan -

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The only player to rank first in the ICC All-Round ICC Rankings in all three forms is Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh. In all the ODI and T20I forms, Shakib is presently ranked as the best all-rounder in the world.
Right now, he is ranked third in the Test format, however, in December 2011, Shakib was ranked first. In 2017–18, he too briefly held the top spot, and he hasn't finished outside the top 5 since.