Prolific Karunaratne secures seventh spot in ICC Rankings


Dimuth Karunaratne has become Sri Lanka’s highest-ranked Test batsman in the latest ICC Test Player Rankings which were released yesterday following the conclusion of the second Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka at SSC.

Karunaratne scored 53 and 85, and also benefitted from Dinesh Chandimal’s absence due to suspension. Karunaratne now leads Chandimal by 21 points, while he is ahead of ninth-ranked Dean Elgar and tenth-ranked Aiden Markram by 30 and 51 points, respectively.

The batting table is headed by Australia’s Steve Smith, although second-ranked Virat Kohli will be eyeing the number-one spot when he leads India in the five-Test series starting at Edgbaston next week.

Rangana Herath, who took seven wickets in the match, including six for 98 in the second innings, has consolidated his eighth position in ICC Rankings for bowlers.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka and South Africa have moved in opposite directions on the ICC Test Team Rankings following the home side’s 2-0 series win.

Second-ranked South Africa have joined Australia on 106 points after conceding six points, while sixth-ranked Sri Lanka have joined England on 97 points after collecting six points. However, South Africa is ranked above Australia and Sri Lanka is ranked below England, when the points are calculated beyond the decimal point.

South Africa’s dip means India will retain their No.1 ranking irrespective of how their five-Test series against England pans out, but England can rise to as high as second if they make a clean sweep of the series. The series starts at Edgbaston on 1 August.

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