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O’Brien’s fairytale debut makes ICC rankings history

Kevin O’Brien has made the second-best begin by way of ICC rankings factors for a batsman taking part in for a debutant Test staff.

O’Brien made 40 in Ireland’s first innings in opposition to Pakistan in Malahide, and 118 of their second innings, to arrange the opportunity of a fairytale victory after being made to comply with on. That efficiency earned O’Brien 440 rankings factors.

Graphic: Kevin O’Brien grew to become solely the fourth centurion on his nation’s Test debut ESPNcricinfo Ltd

To discover a efficiency that earned a batsman extra rankings factors in a staff’s debut Test, we should go all the way in which again to 1877 and the first ever Test match, through which the opener Charles Bannerman made 165 retired damage out of Australia’s first-innings complete of 245 in opposition to England on the MCG. One hundred and forty one years later, that innings nonetheless holds the file for the best share of a staff’s complete made by one batsman. That efficiency earned Bannerman 447 ICC rankings factors, retrospectively.

O’Brien snuck in between Bannerman and Aminul Islam, whose innings of 145 in Bangladesh’s inaugural Test in opposition to India in 2000 earned him 432 factors. Dave Houghton’s 121 and 41 not out in Zimbabwe’s maiden Test in opposition to India in 1992, in the meantime, fetched him 431 factors.

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