Chandimal among ICC top ten batsmen for first time


Sri Lanka team captain Dinesh Chandimal plays a shot as Indian wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha (L) and Cheteshwar Pujara look on during the fifth day of third Test cricket match between India and Sri Lanka at the Feroz Shah Kotla Cricket Stadium in New Delhi on December 6, 2017. (Sajjad Hussain / AFP)

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal has gained eight places to take ninth position after finishing the recent Test series against India, with 366 runs, marking the first time he has moved into the top 10 in the ICC Player Rankings.

All-rounder Angelo Mathews has moved up seven places to the 23rd position after scoring 111 in the first innings while Dhananjaya de Silva’s match-saving 119 in the second innings has lifted him nine places to the 47th position in the latest ICC Test Batting Rankings.

India captain Virat Kohli has moved up three places to grab second position after registering his career-best score in the third and final Test against Sri Lanka, which ended in a draw in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Kohli’s first-innings knock of 243 was followed with 50 as he finished with 610 runs in the series, which India won 1-0. Kohli, who slammed back-to-back double-centuries and recorded three-figure scores in three consecutive matches. He started the series in the sixth position but has leapfrogged David Warner, Cheteshwar Pujara, Kane Williamson and Joe Root after the stupendous run of form which saw him average 152.50 per an innings.

In the ICC Test Team Rankings, India has lost one point but remains well ahead of South Africa at the top of the rankings, while Sri Lanka remains on its pre-series tally of 94 points in sixth place.

Rank Team Points

1 India 124 (-1)

2 South Africa 111

3 England 105

4 New Zealand 97

5 Australia 97

6 Sri Lanka 94

7 Pakistan 88

8 Windies 75

9 Bangladesh 72

10 Zimbabwe 02


Batsmen (Top 10)

Rank Player Team

1 Steve Smith Aus

2 Virat Kohli Ind

3 Joe Root Eng

4 C. Pujara Ind

5 Kane Williamson NZ

6 David Warner Aus

7 Hashim Amla SA

8 Azhar Ali Pak

9 D. Chandimal SL

10 Dean Elgar SA


Bowlers (Top 10)

Rank Player Team

1 James Anderson Eng

2 Kagiso Rabada SA

3 Ravindra Jadeja Ind

4 R. Ashwin Ind

5 Rangana Herath SL

6 Josh Hazlewood Aus

7 Neil Wagner NZ

8 Mitchell Starc Aus

9 Nathan Lyon Aus

10 Dale Steyn SA



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