Batsmen move up rankings following Chittagong Test

The high-scoring draw in the first Test between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in Chittagong saw batsmen making impressive gains in the latest ICC player rankings, which were released on Monday.

Five centuries and six half-centuries were scored in a match which saw Bangladesh posting 513 and 307 for five, and Sri Lanka amassing a colossal 713 for nine declared in their only innings.

Sri Lanka opener Kusal Mendis, who was the top scorer in the match with 196, has vaulted 12 places to claim 23rd position, while Dhananjaya de Silva, who contributed 173 and featured in a 308-run second wicket stand with Mendis, has lifted eight places to occupy 38th spot.

Roshen Silva’s 109 has moved him from 106th position to a career-high 78th spot.

Mominul Haque, who became the first Bangladesh batsman to score two centuries in a Test while hitting 176 and 105, has risen 15 places to 27th position.

In doing so, he has become Bangladesh’s fourth highest-ranked batsman after Tamim Iqbal (21st), Shakib Al Hasan (22nd) and Mushfiqur Rahim (25th). The four Bangladesh batsmen are separated by just 24 points.

Stand-in Tigers captain Mahmudullah, who scored 83 not out and 28 not out, has jumped six places to a career-high 48th position.

Liton Das is the other batsman to head in the right direction. The wicketkeeper-batsman’s 94 in the second innings not only helped the home side to escape with a draw but also earned him nine places and 81st place in the batting table.

The Chittagong Test was a tough one for the bowlers and this is reflected in the latest bowlers’ rankings.

Rangana Herath has slipped one place to seventh position after bagging five wickets in 65 overs, Dilruwan Perera has dropped two places to take 27th,place, Mustafizur Rahman has slipped two places to 59th position and Lahiru Kumara has plummeted seven places to 76th  slot

The bowlers to move up the ladder include Bangladesh’s spin duo of Taijul Islam and Mehedi Hasan, who have gained one place each to move to 36th and 38th rankings, respectively, and Sri Lanka’s Lakshan Sandakan, who has earned three places to rise to 57th position.

Australia’s Steve Smith is the number-one ranked batsman, while James Anderson of England is the top-ranked bowler. Shakib Al Hasan leads the all-rounders’ list.

BATSMEN (top 10)

Rank      ( /-)         Player                    Team     Points    Avge      Highest Rating

1           ( – )          Steve Smith          Aus         947!       63.75     947 v Eng at Sydney 2018

2           ( – )          Virat Kohli             Ind          912!       53.40     912 v SA at Johannesburg 2018

3           ( – )          Joe Root                Eng         881         53.28     917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

4           ( – )          Kane Williamson NZ           855         50.62     893 v Aus at Perth 2015

5           ( – )          David Warner       Aus         827         48.77     880 v NZ at Perth 2015

6           ( – )          C. Pujara               Ind          810         50.51     888 v SL at Nagpur 2017

7           ( – )          Hashim Amla       SA           771         49.08     907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

8           ( – )          Azhar Ali                Pak         755         46.62     787 v Aus at Melbourne 2016

9           ( – )          D. Chandimal       SL           746!       44.51     746 v Ban at Chittagong 2018

10         ( – )          Alastair Cook        Eng         742         46.35     874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012

BOWLERS (top 10)

Rank      ( /-)         Player                    Team     Points    Avge      Highest Rating

1        ( – )          James Anderson Eng         887         27.40     896 v Win at Lord’s 2017

2           ( – )          Kagiso Rabada    SA           875         22.04     888 v Ind at Cape Town 2018

3           ( – )          Ravindra Jadeja  Ind          844         23.73     899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017

4           ( – )          Josh Hazlewood  Aus         814         25.77     863 v Ind at Bengaluru 2017

5           ( – )          R. Ashwin              Ind          803         25.56     904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016

6           ( 1)         Vernon Philander                SA           791         21.85     912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013

7=        (-1)          Rangana Herath  SL           784         28.26     867 v Zim at Harare 2016

( 1)         Neil Wagner         NZ           784         27.87     785 v Win at Wellington 2017

9           ( – )          Morne Morkel       SA           773         28.08     776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011

10=       ( – )          Nathan Lyon         Aus         769         31.64     774 v Eng at Adelaide 2017

( – )          Mitchell Starc        Aus         769         27.73     805 v Pak at Brisbane 2016

ALL-ROUNDERS (top five)

Rank      ( /-)         Player                    Team     Points    Highest Rating

1           ( – )          Shakib Al Hasan  Ban         429        489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017

2           ( – )          Ravindra Jadeja  Ind          391        438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017

3           ( – )          R. Ashwin              Ind          368        493 v Eng at Mohali 2016

4           ( – )          Ben Stokes           Eng         358 /*    396 v Win at Lord’s 2017

5           ( – )          V. Philander          SA           322        376 v Aus at Cape Town 2014