Sri Lankan upstages Ricky Ponting December 6, 2007

Sangakkara No. 1 Test batsman in ICC rankings

Cricinfo staff

Kumar Sangakkara has batted his way to the top of the rankings © AFP

Kumar Sangakkara, the Sri Lankan wicketkeeper-batsman, has upstaged Ricky Ponting from the No. 1 spot in the ICC player rankings for Test batsmen, thus making it a double for Sri Lanka in the Test ranking charts, with compatriot Muttiah Muralitharan leading the list for Test bowlers.

Sangakkara moved up two spots from No. 3 following his knocks of 92 and 152 in the first Test against England in Kandy, which Sri Lanka won by 88 runs.

Ponting is behind Sangakkara in second place, while Jacques Kallis - the only player to have scored more Test runs this year than Sangakkara - is in third position.

Sangakkara has been enjoying a purple patch with the bat, having given up the wicketkeeping gloves in Tests of late. The Kandy Test was the fourth consecutive match in which he had scored over 150 in an innings, a record. He was named Man of the Match for his efforts in Kandy, the same Test in which Muralitharan passed Shane Warne as the leading Test wicket-taker.

It was also the farewell Test for Sanath Jayasuriya and the 100th for Chaminda Vaas, the fast bowler.

ICC Player Rankings

Test Batsmen




SL 938
AUS 936
SA 935
PAK 885
AUS 874
ENG 848
PAK 816
AUS 803
WI 762
AUS 751
 Top 100

Test bowlers




SL 910
SA 808
SA 775
AUS 769
ENG 733
AUS 726
NZ 724
IND 724
SA 701
PAK 701
 Top 100