ICC news November 29, 2010

Sangakkara reclaims top spot in Test ratings

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Kumar Sangakkara, the Sri Lanka captain, has reclaimed the top spot in the ICC Test rankings for batsmen, ending Sachin Tendulkar's short-lived stay at the head of the table.

Sangakkara's performance in the first two Tests of the ongoing series against West Indies coincided with Tendulkar's modest returns against New Zealand, leading to a swap at the top. Sangakkara has so far scored 228 runs in the West Indies series, taking him to 882 rating points, 23 clear of Tendulkar who could manage only one half-century in four innings against New Zealand. Virender Sehwag is in the third place, nine points behind Tendulkar, while Jacques Kallis is fourth, with 806.

South Africa's AB de Villiers and England's Jonathan Trott have broken into the top ten for the first time, following strong performances against Pakistan and Australia respectively. de Villiers amassed an unbeaten 278 in Abu Dhabi, the highest Test score by a South Africa batsman, propelling him to fifth. Trott's unbeaten 135 was a part of England's strong second-innings resistance in the Ashes-opener, helping his side earn a creditable draw, and lifting him to the eighth spot.

On the bowling front, India's fast-bowling spearhead, Zaheer Khan, surged to third in the Test ratings, his highest classification to date. South Africa seamer Dale Steyn and England offspinner Graeme Swann retained the top two positions. Australia's Peter Siddle, who picked up six wickets on the first day at the Gabba, including a hat-trick, rose to the 14th spot, while England seamer Steven Finn moved up to 19th on the back of his six-for.

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  • CandidIndian on December 6, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    @Lakmalphysics and all SL fans-My SL friend , i am sorry to say that youhave wrong perception that Indians dont give due respect to Srilankans .You know what after the debacle in 2007 world cup it was decided that India would play most matches against STRONG TEAMS and whom did India play most?, Srilanka and Australia.If they dont recognize SL as top team why would they play against SL twice every year?About insulting SL players it was done by players media and fans from Aus and Eng not India.You very well know how Murali was wooed in Aus, did anything like that happened with Murali in India?only Indian cricketer i remember insulting Srilankan greats is Bedi but he has habit of insulting everyone including Dhoni and Bhajji.If you consider top five good teams presently,SL,SA,Aus,Eng,India.You knw who among these play most against SL?you may find stupid comments by few Indians in cricket forums but i humbly request not to disrespect and target Indian cricket because of that.Peace.

  • LakmalPhysics on December 5, 2010, 2:51 GMT

    @Hema_Adhikari: Well, rating SRT, Lara & Ponting ahead of Sanga in any case is not acceptable. Sanga has played really well, specially last 4 years and he has justified his rankings in most occasions. He has performed really well, and his performance is always as good as SRT, Lara & Ponting. In my opinion, Sanga's rank is not below SRT , Lara & Ponting. These four players are real superstars of the game with different styles. Nobody can be rated above or below. My only concern is rating Sachin as the best. Stat or intuition doesn't help me to accept Sachin as the best, under any circumstance.

  • 114_in_final_Six_overs on December 5, 2010, 0:57 GMT

    Like Sangkkara is Jayawardene a flat track bully too? he averages 65.09 in Sri Lanka, but 43.06 away from home. It gets even worse outside Asia, where his average dips to 38.33. Taking Zimbabwe out of the equation, his average drops even more, to 36.06.

  • CandidIndian on December 4, 2010, 22:21 GMT

    @Lakmalphysics and all SL fans-My SL friend , i am sorry to say that youhave wrong perception that Indians dont give due respect to Srilankans .You know what after the debacle in 2007 world cup it was decided that India would play most matches against STRONG TEAMS and whom did India play most?, Srilanka and Australia.If they dont recognize SL as top team why would they play against SL twice every year?About insulting SL players it was done by players media and fans from Aus and Eng not India.You very well know how Murali was wooed in Aus, did anything like that happened with Murali in India?only Indian cricketer i remember insulting Srilankan greats is Bedi but he has habit of insulting everyone including Dhoni and Bhajji.If you consider top five good teams presently,SL,SA,Aus,Eng,India.You knw who among these play most against SL?you may find stupid comments by few Indians in cricket forums but i humbly request not to disrespect and target Indian cricket because of that.Peace.

  • 114_in_final_Six_overs on December 4, 2010, 17:22 GMT

    Hema said "Sangakkara is no doubt a good batsman and he has the avg to justify it as well. But to compare him to SRT, Lara or ponting is baloney. I would rate him on par with Dravid (again debatable as Dravid has played much better on livelier tracks). Not getting enough opportunities to play more test matches overseas is unfortunate for him, but coming to hypothetical conclusions based on assumptions that, had he got opportunities he would performed is not logical when you have players who have already been there, done that." This is the most sane comment so far. I think comparing Sanga to Sachin is like comparing promise with performance. It is neither India's nor Tendulkar's fault that SL does not play too many matches in England, SA or Australia. Tendulkar averages 60+ against Australia over last two decades including the time when they were invincible. Sangkara may have done reasonably OK but I dont see him averaging anywhere near 40 against Warne and McGrath.

  • Gulshan_Grover on December 4, 2010, 17:16 GMT

    @SadSajith..quite emotional but mostly not true..Srilanka produces flatest tracks in the world and it is quite proven as it has more 500+ innings in tests played there/ match and second Sangkara does not have a better away than home average, in fact he has one of the biggest differences in home and away averages matches.

  • sadSajith on December 4, 2010, 8:38 GMT

    @Gulshan Grover Don't let us think Indians are stupid people.Go back and see Sangas non sub-continent average is bigger than sub-continent average.And do you know? the only two flack track(hard dry track ) in Sri Lanka are SSC and Gall(If you say Dambulla is a flat track why Indian scores are 120-160 out their).Most of dry hard tracks are in India.You are the guys who made a pitch to score over 800 runs in a ODI match.That flat track story was told by Aussies against Sachin long ago.As always you guys eat it without any consideration.

  • Hema_Adhikari on December 4, 2010, 7:46 GMT

    Sangakkara is no doubt a good batsman and he has the avg to justify it as well. But to compare him to SRT, Lara or ponting is baloney. I would rate him on par with Dravid (again debatable as Dravid has played much better on livelier tracks). Not getting enough opportunities to play more test matches overseas is unfortunate for him, but coming to hypothetical conclusions based on assumptions that, had he got opportunities he would performed is not logical when you have players who have already been there, done that. SRT, Lara or poniting definitely for me, is a level higher. Picking and choosing innings like people have done does not do a great deal other than stating the obvious that sanga is a fantastic batsman, however that does not prove that he is on par with SRT, Lara or Pointing. Plus in the decade that he has played most of the tracks have been flat and great bowlers retired.

  • Gulshan_Grover on December 4, 2010, 7:35 GMT

    Sangkara is a flat track bully who hardly performs outside subcontinent . His average has swollen due to playing on road like pitches like one at the SSC and Premdasa stadium; two of the flattest wickets in the world. He has only played played 3 tests in Australia when Australia's great bowlers were already retired. Sachin Tendulkar has been worlds most consistent batsman over two decades now, to compare him to Kumara Sangkra is not fair for either of them.

  • 114_in_final_Six_overs on December 4, 2010, 6:09 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar is the greatest batsman since Don Bradman. A fact that has been recognized by Sir Don, Viv Richards and now Brian Lara. Cherry picking stats is one thing denying the weight of 30000 international runs and 100 centuries is quite another thing! Along the way Shane Warne, Alan Donald, Wasim Akram and Ian Bishop have endorsed his greatness. What more can one say :) He is the best.

  • CandidIndian on December 6, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    @Lakmalphysics and all SL fans-My SL friend , i am sorry to say that youhave wrong perception that Indians dont give due respect to Srilankans .You know what after the debacle in 2007 world cup it was decided that India would play most matches against STRONG TEAMS and whom did India play most?, Srilanka and Australia.If they dont recognize SL as top team why would they play against SL twice every year?About insulting SL players it was done by players media and fans from Aus and Eng not India.You very well know how Murali was wooed in Aus, did anything like that happened with Murali in India?only Indian cricketer i remember insulting Srilankan greats is Bedi but he has habit of insulting everyone including Dhoni and Bhajji.If you consider top five good teams presently,SL,SA,Aus,Eng,India.You knw who among these play most against SL?you may find stupid comments by few Indians in cricket forums but i humbly request not to disrespect and target Indian cricket because of that.Peace.

  • LakmalPhysics on December 5, 2010, 2:51 GMT

    @Hema_Adhikari: Well, rating SRT, Lara & Ponting ahead of Sanga in any case is not acceptable. Sanga has played really well, specially last 4 years and he has justified his rankings in most occasions. He has performed really well, and his performance is always as good as SRT, Lara & Ponting. In my opinion, Sanga's rank is not below SRT , Lara & Ponting. These four players are real superstars of the game with different styles. Nobody can be rated above or below. My only concern is rating Sachin as the best. Stat or intuition doesn't help me to accept Sachin as the best, under any circumstance.

  • 114_in_final_Six_overs on December 5, 2010, 0:57 GMT

    Like Sangkkara is Jayawardene a flat track bully too? he averages 65.09 in Sri Lanka, but 43.06 away from home. It gets even worse outside Asia, where his average dips to 38.33. Taking Zimbabwe out of the equation, his average drops even more, to 36.06.

  • CandidIndian on December 4, 2010, 22:21 GMT

    @Lakmalphysics and all SL fans-My SL friend , i am sorry to say that youhave wrong perception that Indians dont give due respect to Srilankans .You know what after the debacle in 2007 world cup it was decided that India would play most matches against STRONG TEAMS and whom did India play most?, Srilanka and Australia.If they dont recognize SL as top team why would they play against SL twice every year?About insulting SL players it was done by players media and fans from Aus and Eng not India.You very well know how Murali was wooed in Aus, did anything like that happened with Murali in India?only Indian cricketer i remember insulting Srilankan greats is Bedi but he has habit of insulting everyone including Dhoni and Bhajji.If you consider top five good teams presently,SL,SA,Aus,Eng,India.You knw who among these play most against SL?you may find stupid comments by few Indians in cricket forums but i humbly request not to disrespect and target Indian cricket because of that.Peace.

  • 114_in_final_Six_overs on December 4, 2010, 17:22 GMT

    Hema said "Sangakkara is no doubt a good batsman and he has the avg to justify it as well. But to compare him to SRT, Lara or ponting is baloney. I would rate him on par with Dravid (again debatable as Dravid has played much better on livelier tracks). Not getting enough opportunities to play more test matches overseas is unfortunate for him, but coming to hypothetical conclusions based on assumptions that, had he got opportunities he would performed is not logical when you have players who have already been there, done that." This is the most sane comment so far. I think comparing Sanga to Sachin is like comparing promise with performance. It is neither India's nor Tendulkar's fault that SL does not play too many matches in England, SA or Australia. Tendulkar averages 60+ against Australia over last two decades including the time when they were invincible. Sangkara may have done reasonably OK but I dont see him averaging anywhere near 40 against Warne and McGrath.

  • Gulshan_Grover on December 4, 2010, 17:16 GMT

    @SadSajith..quite emotional but mostly not true..Srilanka produces flatest tracks in the world and it is quite proven as it has more 500+ innings in tests played there/ match and second Sangkara does not have a better away than home average, in fact he has one of the biggest differences in home and away averages matches.

  • sadSajith on December 4, 2010, 8:38 GMT

    @Gulshan Grover Don't let us think Indians are stupid people.Go back and see Sangas non sub-continent average is bigger than sub-continent average.And do you know? the only two flack track(hard dry track ) in Sri Lanka are SSC and Gall(If you say Dambulla is a flat track why Indian scores are 120-160 out their).Most of dry hard tracks are in India.You are the guys who made a pitch to score over 800 runs in a ODI match.That flat track story was told by Aussies against Sachin long ago.As always you guys eat it without any consideration.

  • Hema_Adhikari on December 4, 2010, 7:46 GMT

    Sangakkara is no doubt a good batsman and he has the avg to justify it as well. But to compare him to SRT, Lara or ponting is baloney. I would rate him on par with Dravid (again debatable as Dravid has played much better on livelier tracks). Not getting enough opportunities to play more test matches overseas is unfortunate for him, but coming to hypothetical conclusions based on assumptions that, had he got opportunities he would performed is not logical when you have players who have already been there, done that. SRT, Lara or poniting definitely for me, is a level higher. Picking and choosing innings like people have done does not do a great deal other than stating the obvious that sanga is a fantastic batsman, however that does not prove that he is on par with SRT, Lara or Pointing. Plus in the decade that he has played most of the tracks have been flat and great bowlers retired.

  • Gulshan_Grover on December 4, 2010, 7:35 GMT

    Sangkara is a flat track bully who hardly performs outside subcontinent . His average has swollen due to playing on road like pitches like one at the SSC and Premdasa stadium; two of the flattest wickets in the world. He has only played played 3 tests in Australia when Australia's great bowlers were already retired. Sachin Tendulkar has been worlds most consistent batsman over two decades now, to compare him to Kumara Sangkra is not fair for either of them.

  • 114_in_final_Six_overs on December 4, 2010, 6:09 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar is the greatest batsman since Don Bradman. A fact that has been recognized by Sir Don, Viv Richards and now Brian Lara. Cherry picking stats is one thing denying the weight of 30000 international runs and 100 centuries is quite another thing! Along the way Shane Warne, Alan Donald, Wasim Akram and Ian Bishop have endorsed his greatness. What more can one say :) He is the best.

  • LakmalPhysics on December 4, 2010, 5:09 GMT

    @harsh_vardhan2002:Yes, It's very clear that more powerful, big test playing countries don't like to give the due credit, respect & reputation to minnows in test cricket like Sri Lankans. After becoming world Champions in 1996, your so called people talked about a world Test Championship and TV commentators like Geoff Boycott started to criticize Sri Lankan players. That's the fate of any talented minnow in this money making business. India is the best market place & BCCI will make more ARTIFICIAL GODS like Sachin to make more money. So, your so called people can make any biased statement, they will hardly praise quality players like Sanga. However, Sri Lankans have shown their quality of cricket and stats is the best evidence to prove any fact. Your so called people started to call Sachin as the best since mid- nineties. Sanga's batting has done a significant & sufficient challenge. It's a big mistake if somebody is still claiming Sachin is the best.

  • LakmalPhysics on December 4, 2010, 3:12 GMT

    @blaster_boy: Well, you want to talk about great Sachin's ODI carrier. Let's do the comparison again. In Australia, Sanga's ODI batting average is 39.94 while Sachin's 34.33. Striking rate, Sanga's 74.77 while Sachin's 71.17. In South Africa, Sanga's average is 30.18 while Sachin's 26.10. Striking rate, Sanga's 70.48 while Sachin's 66.49. In Pakistan, Sanga's average is 57.42 and Sachin's 36.92. Sanga's striking rate is 86.82 while Sachin's 88.72. So, what., which player is better against pacy bowlers in bouncy wickets?.. Total number of runs or total number of centuries doesn't tell you the whole story..i It's the quality of a batsman what matters most. Does it make sense if somebody is repeating"Sachin is the best"??....

  • on December 4, 2010, 2:13 GMT

    @all indian fans- Sanga is modern day greats.Where Sachin is not comparable even with present Indian lineup.For example How many test matches won by Sachin when Ind needed most?....But see how VVS.Laxman performance.In reasent time he(VVS) won somany matches on his own.Cant u denied?....But Don never speak about VVS isn't it?..It same story for Sanga as well.But don't forget Sanga is performing with Captancy burden.At present Sachin is not playing that much good.At this juncture Sanga is the best in the World.Someone said Sanga's Technique is not good against past bowlers.If so how his avg in AUS is good?...Don't say baseless thing.

  • SRT_GENIUS on December 4, 2010, 1:06 GMT

    Though I have to admit Sanga is an above avg batsman, nobody can take that away from him.

  • Hema_Adhikari on December 3, 2010, 23:45 GMT

    Sangkkara is a potential modern great but Tendulkar is a all time great chosen by Don Bradman himself . By the Sachin was the only player selected amongst all the modern players to be selected by Don. Kumar has not achieved much in either Australia (3 tests so avg. does not matter), SA or in India. His technique is quite suspect against fast bowling and he often gets caught in deep hooking and pulling as he does not have patience to wait out the tough period of play.

    I agree with Gulshan on Arvinda being a better batsman than Kumar Sangkara especially against quality fast bowling.

  • Gulshan_Grover on December 3, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    Sanga is not even the best batsman of SL as such; that honors belong to Arvinda Desilva. Anyone who has mainly scored in 2000-2010 should have 10 average deduction from their averages, that leaves him a few short of true greatness. Sachin has averaged about 67 since Sangkkara's debut time. It is quite inappropriate to look at averages spanning many decades and compare solely on that basis.

  • LakmalPhysics on December 2, 2010, 19:12 GMT

    @blaster_boy: My friend, How many players will play 200 test matches?; 500 ODI matches? I don't know. I'm not a fortuneteller to predict the future.

  • vasantharaja on December 2, 2010, 16:52 GMT

    well what ever it may be, i strongly believe tat .. sachin is the greatest batsman the world have ever seen. Sir don . might be the greatest batsman..but he did not play all round the world ,i.e on every pitches in the world. those times cricket was easy because there was no tension and pressure for cricketers , but now a days pressure and tension are more for cricketers .moreover in country like India where pressure and tension for cricketer are very high . sachin the great survived almost all those for 20 long years... the note-able point his he was never short of his runs... well who can forget his innings of 200 not-out* ... .. so guys put the average aside... and i think sanga can never be compared with him....

    but sanga is a great player....

  • blaster_boy on December 2, 2010, 10:47 GMT

    @ lakmalphysics- i dont think you & sangakara will have this attitude when sanga will play his 174th test match. sachin is the greatest batsman ever because he has almost every record in both version of international cricket. you can't say this about sangakara.sangara played only 94 tests and he has only 1.23 run per match extra of sachin's 56.55. sangakara is miles behind SRT in ODI records .

  • Proteas123 on December 2, 2010, 10:29 GMT

    @ harsh_vardhans_mom - No problem with you backing Sanga but you are very much underrating Kallis. Comparing Kallis to Vetori and Shakib is like comparing the Don to Dravid and Laxman, even on current form they don't come close. The only thing going for them is they play a bigger role with the ball. Neither would make it into one of the top teams as a batsman. Kallis could walk into any team as a bowler or batsman, if as a bowler he would obviously have a bigger load which he is very capable of. As for Sanga being better than Kallis at the moment, lets see how Sanga plays in away conditions, he is obviously top class but you may find that he is not so exceptional outside of the sub-continent. Check his current away record.

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on December 2, 2010, 9:45 GMT

    @lakmalphysics Name me one cricketing genius retired or any cricketing historian who has claimed sanga to be anywhere near sachin or any article written about his so called genius bradman selected him in his XI when sachin was 26,lara says sachin is modern day bradman so does ian chappell,richie benaud,bill lawry,viv richards,sobers,warnie tell me one cricketing great who has claimed sanga to be best he is already 33 and viru by chappelli is most destructive after bradman in his articles no SL sour grapes

  • SRT_GENIUS on December 2, 2010, 3:49 GMT

    @Meety, don't believe everything you read.

  • LakmalPhysics on December 2, 2010, 3:22 GMT

    Well, we also accept that Sachin is a great player and the best Indain Batsman who has done a wonderful service for Indians. As Sri Lankans, we don't have a problem with Sachin. The only problem is we don't see the justice and fairness in International cricket. We always see that most of the Indian TV commentators are still claiming that Sachin is the best in the business which is clearly wrong. In last 4 years, Sanga's test batting average is 74.95 with a striking rate of 59.00. His batting average is 80.92 with a striking rate of 60.55 as a non- wicket keeping batsman. While Sachin's batting average is a steady value between 55 to 60 with a striking rate of around 55.00 in last 10 to 15 years. Sanga achieved the 6 th place in ICC best ever test cricketer ratings while Sachin manged the 26 th place. We always see that Sri Lankan players don't get the due credit, respect and reputation. Indian commentators need to stop exaggerating Sachin and claiming that he is the best.

  • Meety on December 2, 2010, 2:24 GMT

    @ SRT_GENIUS - Bradman said SRT resembles his own style the most. Big difference. @harsh_vardhan2002 - true re: Bradman's XI - can I just say though that Sanga's career started after the Don died - who knows whether he would of slotted Sangga or Gilly in??? I think the rankings for batting & bowling are okay - I think they will be a lot more accurate after the Indians play the Saffas. To Sehwag fans; Sehwag is a huge talent, he is one of the most destructive batsmen ever, the problem I have with him when specifically calling him a great - is that he is quite loose in his technique, I think he is a long way behind Dravid, VVS & SRT - except statistically! Kumar - is the best batsmen in the world at the moment, to end up being a great, there are a few little blemishes that will need to be corrected - but I think he is more than capable of doing so. My favourite non-Ozzy along with Kemar Roach, Gayle, Malinga, Vettori & Shakib.

  • CandidIndian on December 1, 2010, 17:30 GMT

    Well Sangakara has been very consistent and he deserves this no 1 spot and good thing is he is doing that even after having extra pressure of captain ship and i am sure he will make lots of runs for SL in future also.However its sad that people are making degrading comments about Sachin .If you ask Sangakara Murali Jayawardhane or any other great player in SL or outside even they would find it sad if someone makes such degrading comments about Sachin as they played the cricket at top most level and they know, making 96 centuries and 30000 international runs is not a joke . Everyone has a personal opinion but people are trying to give respect to Sanga by disrespecting Sachin is not a correct approach.I think its a habit now among some SL and Indian fans to talk irrelevant things about each others team and fight.Sanga is playing better cricket than Sachin at the moment so he is ahead presently but he still has a long way to go.I agree with Wolver though that Kallis is as good as Sachin.

  • Lion_of_Lanka on December 1, 2010, 12:41 GMT

    @Wolver: Kallis is no doubt a quality player and probably one of the best all rounders at present along with Dan the man and Sakib. But I do not see him being Number 1 in tests. Sorry, but there is a possibility of AB maybe being number 1 in the future but for some reason not Kallis. As for showing respect to non Asian players - Mate, I'm a Sri Lankan I really felt sorry for Shaun when SA messed up the D\L in 2003 WC and Pollock is one of my favorite players of all time. I also hold SA players like Smith, Kallis, Steyn, the 2 morkels, AB, JP with high regard and if you check my comments on other articles you'll see that I have constantly said that SA deserves to be the number 1 test team. I just said that Sanga is a better test batsman than Kallis @ present and according to ICC he is the best test batsman in the world @ present similar to AB being the best ODI batsman @ present.

  • Asif_Iqbal on December 1, 2010, 9:27 GMT

    Kalis is of surely all time I have never seen a palyer like him. He is complete bowler, Excellent batsman and anergetic fielder specially in the slip. while Sangakara and Scahin are one of the most telented batman current time.

  • Proteas123 on December 1, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    @ harsh_vardhans_mom - Lets see how Sanga goes in SA next time. Kallis being number 1 is no joke, he is a quality player and easily as good as Sachin and at this stage better than Sanga. Show some respect to none asian players as well. The rest of your points are very valid. Sehwag is not an all time great. Don is the best ever with out question or debate and Sachin does not deliver when it matters most. Sanga is a quality player and easily the best asian batsman at the moment. Kallis is an all time great without question. Averages over 55 with bat and over 250 wickets at 32 odd, what more could you possibly want.

  • SLJohn on November 30, 2010, 20:30 GMT

    Sachin is nothing comparing to Sangakkara, hence he achieved to No-06 place in the Test batman's ever rated,Sachin's Number is 26 while Gavaskar in the 20th place as the only Indian batman in the top 20. Sangakkara second only for 5 batmen in the world, hope one day he can come to the highest placed ever rated which he will achieving 962 rate. Good luck go head,

  • hamwil80 on November 30, 2010, 17:44 GMT

    Forgetting about the endless arguments about batting averages, I've always found Sanga one of the more elegant stylish batsmen to watch, especially his cover drive and on/straight drive. He is different to many subcontinent batters also in that he has the technique to handle SA and ENG pitches (AUS pitches are pretty flat nowadays if we're honest, right?). Don't forget, Kallis bashers, that Jacques has 250+ test wickets at a strike rate of 65ish (which is better than Sobers' strike rate of 95, which is frankly a part-time bowlers strike rate).

  • on November 30, 2010, 15:21 GMT

    @PontingforPM

    Sangas Average in South Africa is equivalent to Sachins and remember all those matches were played in the begining of his career as a wicket keeper in tests.

    His Averages in Aus & NZ are greater thani Sachins, where he is behind is in England

  • CricketPissek on November 30, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    @Truemans_Ghost - you make some good points mate. Trott will (probably) never be loved. Weird since KP also migrated to play in the same way but he's loved by many (not all, but definitely some). If Strauss can be more consistent, am sure he'll rise up the rankings in due course. England get so many test matches, it's bound to happen.

  • LakmalPhysics on November 30, 2010, 14:52 GMT

    @nishantintouch:Do you know, the meaning of "THE WORLD'S BEST AND NUMBER ONE BATSMAN"?... Do you know, your so called "THE WORLD'S BEST AND NUMBER ONE BATSMAN's record in pacy & bouncy wickets like in South Africa, Australia and against great pacy bowlers like Pakistanis. Sachin's average in Pakistan is 40.25 in 10 matches. In Soutn Africa, Sachin's average is 39.76 in 12 matches. In his first 11 matches in Australia, Sachin's average is 38.31 (playing a longer time & more experience has befitted Sachin to improve his test average in Australia later in his carrier, What if he is ended up playing only 11 matches in Australia like most of the other batsmen of his era, he is lucky to play a lot of matches). What is the logic behind rating Sachin as the best???...

  • on November 30, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    @Prasan Eranda Rathnagoda:

    watch what u say man, "If India is to use UDRS there wont be any Indian except Dhoni in the top10.Because Dhoni is not a cheater like most of his team mates"

    Such ignorance of reality, did u FORGET what happened in SL with Sehwag on 99???

    who cheated and bowled a no ball a mile over the crease(Suraj Randiv) and WHO asked him to(Dilshan and Sanga from behind the stumps)??

    Undoubtedly Sanga is a great batsman but learn to respect other players and dont blame others when u have faulty people in your own side who dont play cricket as a Gentleman's game...

    Incidentally, Sanga has a problem with India being Number 1 side playing at home conditions mostly, I wonder why he doesnt have a problem with himself being number one by playing almost all of his matches at home!

  • honeyb on November 30, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    @PontingForPM, you are showing very limited knowledge on the game or its players. You might be right with that statement on certain sub continental players but Sangakkara has a great record all around the world. It would be even better if he actually got more chances to play away from home. Unlike most sub continental batsman, Sanga is actually a better backfoot player. I suppose his 192 at hobart passed you by, most australians I know rate that innings as one of the best in aussie soil by an overseas player. He will walk into any test side in the world.. and yes, including the aussie one.

  • Lion_of_Lanka on November 30, 2010, 14:20 GMT

    @Wolver: Ponting's average in Australia is lower than Sanga's in australia. Ponting's average in flat track heaven India is just 26. Guess if he continues to play in flat tracks he'll surely be kicked out of the team. Kallis number 1 over Sanga & SRT? Nice Joke. @others who is barking about SRT being greater than Sanga I've got two things to say. 1.Just because Sanga is rank 1 doesn't mean he's the greatest batsman ever. That honour goes to DON. It means that currently Sanga is the best test batsman in the world. SRT is no doubt an all time great and Sanga still has much work to do to reach the 'all time greats' level like Don, SRT, Lara etc. (No Sehwag is not an all time great) 2.Like someone said Sanga is a match winner. He plays well and turns around the game when his needs him the most. SRT on the other hand fails to deliver when it matters the most and VVS ends up saving India.

  • on November 30, 2010, 14:19 GMT

    @Thejus Rajeev : A man who when not keeping averages 76.52 in 75 innings is not a "great" you tell me what you call him then mate?

  • muski on November 30, 2010, 13:39 GMT

    @Nadisha- Well your facts about Sanga are alright. Just wait for the mad man of Najafgarh to catch up with him shortly. Iam sure he will beat Sanga to be the fastest man to cross 8000 test runs. By the way why not Sanga for Lankan PM. He is one of the most articulate Sri Lankan's I have seen. A very affable guy notwithstanding the Randiv no ball incident where he seems to be the main culprit. He has it in him to be one among the top 3 test scorers of all time before he hangs up his boots. Go Mallya go for Sanga in the next IPL auction.Pay him a million bucks and ask him to wicket keep too. Thats value for your money. As a RCB fan I cant ask for more.

  • Sand123 on November 30, 2010, 13:20 GMT

    @Thejus Rajeev -Dude Sehwag is no match for Sanga.A test batsman one who carries proper technique and quality .Well i dont see much technique or quality in Sehwag but still he is a good hitter and can be called a top batsman.But Sanga is way better than Sehwag and will get in to the list of " The Greats " like Sachin.....

  • PontingForPM on November 30, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    Sangakkara is an epic failure when the moves moves. He is a flat track bully, though he is better than Jayawardene and Samaraweera who are even worse. Yes, he played 1 good knock in Australia but that is it. His average in England/SA/India/WI is dire. Let's see how he does next summer in England if the ball moves. If it does as much as it did this summer, he won't average more than 25. Of course, he will go back to SL to fill his boots after that. He also pretends to be Mr Tough Guy ) when he is a wimp (not to forget his terrible fake Yankie/Pom/Aussie mix accent). His batting is almost as overrated as his ability to talk.

  • Pathiyal on November 30, 2010, 13:00 GMT

    sanga has an intelligent brain, and he is very shrewd on the field. i dont care if somebody says he is not a great player....anybody has the right to say anything, but wise will always rule the world!!! take it mr. thejus rajeev and take care.

  • SLfan on November 30, 2010, 12:34 GMT

    @ Gulshan_Grover - You're a great example for the sheer jelousy that Indians have towards other countries (especially towards Sri Lankans ). What else can you say about Sanga ?? Go ahead & put it here so that it will help the rest of the world to understand the pathetic nature of Indians !!! You people showed it in the 1996 world cup semi final as well ! This time also be prepared with drinking bottles, it might be useful for you guys.....

  • on November 30, 2010, 12:08 GMT

    @PontingforPM, that is a funny comment. :( Unlike most other Sri Lankan batsmen in history, Sangakkara is consistent on all fronts, he averages over 40 against almost all cricketing nations and is one of a select few who has scored 100s against all of them. He has seven double hundreds, equal third of all time with Wally Hammond and behind Lara and Bradman, and the highest amongst current players.He is an amzing;lty consistent player in all countries. He is one of Steyn's least favourite batsmen to bowl to, having scored 287 against him and the proteas, Steyn cannot say that about many batsmen! He has the highest test average (57.25)amongst current players with more than 3000 runs,thats more than Ponting, Kallis, Dravid, De villiers, Sehwag, Hussey,Pietersen, Jayawardene and Tendulkar and is in the top 10 highest averages of all time, even above the amazing Jack Hobbs! Goodness he has more runs than Sir Garfield Sobers after playing in the same amount of tests! Great player of today!

  • 1977Ibrahim on November 30, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    Why tendulakar are not playing ODIs ???

  • on November 30, 2010, 11:59 GMT

    sanga is a good batsman and played consistently for last few years.... but he cannot be considered great.... its similar to comparing h.singh with murali.... for all those who think sehwag is not a test player.... sanga averages 54.22 against top8 test nation(excluding zim and bang) and has an away average of 48.26 against these top 8 countries.... while sehwag has an average of 55.58 against top 8 test nations and has an away average of 52.22 against these top 8 countries... and i think i neednot mention about the strike rates... about j.trott... he is a good player and performed consistently since his debut and his average is 59.95....

  • nishantintouch on November 30, 2010, 11:44 GMT

    DON'T SAY SACHIN SLIPPED TO NUMBER 2 OR WHATEVER RATHER SAY THAT THE WORLD'S BEST AND NUMBER ONE BATSMAN PRESENTLY PLAYING AT NUMBER 2 OR WHATEVER. AND MOREOVER , WHO CARES.....

  • raaghul30 on November 30, 2010, 11:38 GMT

    we still have 3 tests in SA... sachin will reclaim the 1st... go sachin... GO!!!!!!!!!!!

  • sonjjay on November 30, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    Good to see the that Sachin at the age of 37 is still giving others a run for their money. Rankings will keep swinging. Sanga is my favourite batsman outside of India but he is a little arrogant anyways both these batsmen are very fine and free flowing so hope this does not snowball into another arguement between both the fans.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on November 30, 2010, 11:34 GMT

    It is wonderful to see Sanga's strokplay. Sanga is a good captain and the best batsman. But I do not like one in his. He criticized Indian team after the first test which won by SL in Galle. I do not like any captain who criticse the opposition.

  • ShahzanHaiderBukhari on November 30, 2010, 11:10 GMT

    Sanga is not only best test cricketer but he also deserves ranking no.1 in ODIs. He is a classic player and a man of crisis. He is a legend. To compare Sachin with Sanga is just a joke of classic player like Sanga. Sachin is at best when on Indian dead pitches. Sachin always fails to score in 2nd batting. See his records..............

  • Poholiyadda on November 30, 2010, 11:07 GMT

    @ PontingForPM: Sanga scored 192 at Horbart in his last test innings in Australia and was given out by Rudi Koertzen to prevent Australia loosing the match. http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/291339.html Sanga has scored runs all around the world and he will become the first batsman to score 10000 test runs with an average 60 + in the near future.

  • ShahzanHaiderBukhari on November 30, 2010, 11:04 GMT

    In my view Sangakara is far better than Tendulkar as far as match-winning talent is concerned. Sachin has always disappointed India whenever India needed him badly. But, Sangakara is exceptional in this regard. He is a match-winning player.He is the best No.3 batsman these days. India will lose no.1 raking after RSA series. It would come down to its deserved place no.6. I bet....................

  • cricket_fan10 on November 30, 2010, 10:40 GMT

    @Arkapratim Das : there must be some reason why people like tendulkar so much .. think about it .. and as far as your comparison of highest batting average goes, let sanga play 176 test matches , and then will talk about averages....

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on November 30, 2010, 10:34 GMT

    @SLLINGAMS when sachin was 26 he and world's greatest spinner warnie had dinner with SIR DON BRADMAN how many people get oppurtunity like this that too at 26 bradman says he sees shades of himself watching bat he is the only modern cricketer in BRADMAN'SXI others were pre world war there are many achievements of him i require 1000s of characters which cricinfo prohibits how the hell can sanga come closto sachin has he ever received any remark from any respected former great cricketer not necessarily aussie?

  • on November 30, 2010, 10:29 GMT

    for all those saying Sanga is a flat track bully...see his record in countries except SL....and then speak idiots....

  • on November 30, 2010, 10:24 GMT

    ICC test rankings is just a snap shot for a certain point in history, you can't draw too many conclusions on the overall rankings of a player due to reasons such as the stage of a players career the oppositions that he has been playing recently and the pitches etc has to be taken into account. In the overall scheme of things Sachin is a better player than Kumar but not by much. The ultimate test is how they handled good bowling attacks like the Aussies when they were in there peak (with Warne & McGrath) in Australia. Kumar and Sachin both have excellent records in Australia.

    So lets respect two great players and stop talking crap...

  • SettingSun on November 30, 2010, 10:19 GMT

    Well done Kumar! In between complaining about, well, just about everything and being predictably overrated by your countrymen, you're quite a good player. Of course, you're helped by the flattest pitches imaginable and the fact that Sri Lanka never play outside the sub-continent, because if you did then your average would be where it should be - 10 runs lower.

  • Lion_of_Lanka on November 30, 2010, 10:16 GMT

    @PontingForPM@Gulshan_Grove: Really flat track bully? His average IN Australia is 65.16, where as his average in SL is 63. His lowest average is IN England which is 30. That sums up how much he has failed in Australia and outside SL. His averages IN Pakistan and NZ are 86 and 66 respectively. Ricky Rontings average IN Australia is 60.09 which shows that Sanga has batted better than Ponting IN Australia. Pontings average in SL is 54 which is lower than Sanga's and his lowest average is 26 IN India. Shows who the better player is doesn't it? Sorry but I don't see Ponting becoming number 1 betsman ever again or the PM. As for Gulshan_Grove, I'm not gonna comment about Indian batsman in Australia because I don't want to start another India-SL war of words again...

  • on November 30, 2010, 9:28 GMT

    It seems that Diri is a great cricket follower, as per him AB has scored double century and lots of runs (including India) in highly demanding sporting tracks. Please refer the overseas records of both Snaga and AB, also keep understand that Sanga perform with the burden of captaincy. (If this is published) the last week crickinfo question under ICC ranking was "who is the best no 3 batter in the world, choices were Dravid, Amla and Ponitn". And Dravid won the contest easily, and can anybody explain why Sang was not there being the number one batsmen in the world. Crickinfo should reinstate the credibility by not ignoring the quality player from small nations.

  • Don_Simon on November 30, 2010, 9:08 GMT

    @Gulshan_Grover:Indian turning pitches were much more challenging? Tell that to H.Singh and you'll get slapped!!

  • stormzeusah on November 30, 2010, 8:52 GMT

    @Jude Mano-and guess where sanga does it...on srilankan "dead"tracks....lol...sanga is surely gud...but pay due respect to others too..ujbandara...i dare say icc has no problem with anyone reaching 1000...otherwise they would have banned murali on being the highest wicket taker...

  • pachako on November 30, 2010, 8:35 GMT

    sachin is a worst performer against RSA. he has only average 38 against them while he has carrier average of 56. dont expect much from him in this tour he will slip to >10 ranking after the SA tour. if indian allow to use Umpire review system his average will come down further.

  • on November 30, 2010, 8:21 GMT

    i wander all indians are like ppl who r commenting in this..over the last few years sanga has played good cricket.indians dnt knw but all other cricket fans know that he has a inborn talent to face fast bowlers esp in bouncy tracks..plz accept that he the most consistant player in last few years..except a few occations, he was in no 1 spot since 2007 when he first bcm the no1..sachin is a real good player..but for last 4-5 years he was not among best xcept a very few occations..if there any one who was consistant as sanga it was ponting..shewag is not a test player..

  • Sachin7 on November 30, 2010, 8:21 GMT

    Rankings doesn't consider the factors like pitch, weather, match condition, pressure, the Quality of bowlers etc. So anyone can be there at the top, but saying Sangakarra greater than Sachin, :) cant stop laughing, Sangakarra has a lot to prove in various things and conditions and then he has to compete with other 2nd level great batsmen like clarke, Strauss, KP, ABD, Cook, Gayleet and then cross the level and compete with the likes of great players like Kallis, Ponting, Dravid, Sehwag and if he is better than all these only can come near Lara and then Sachin. Sangakara is just a good player nothing more than that. But in arrogance he is right up there at No1. Doesn't know what humble and being modest, he can very well learn that from Sachin and few other greats

  • __cricket_lover__ on November 30, 2010, 8:18 GMT

    Sachin surely doesn't care about the rankings,bcoz he doesn't have time to worry for all these things, wat matters him the most is his hunger to represent the country even at the age of 37. he is determined to his game and India. he just knows to play good cricket, and the rankings take care of themselves....

  • on November 30, 2010, 8:12 GMT

    @Aniket Deshmukh

    No one expects Tendulkar to score 100 in each match or innings, but any ranking system including ICC system expects the topper to score consistently and rattle up 100s regularly. Tendulkar had a slender lead over Sangakkara and scoring one 50 in 4 innings defilitely did not help him. The author is correct in mentioning that. It is only Sachin fanatic who always try to quote any single line not praising the Master Blaster.

    I am sure many will scream when they will see no Sachin in Ashes XI all time. I have seen countless times when people scream after seeing no Sachin in any damn XI.

    Please remember among all current batsmen it is Sanga who has the highest batting average, even more than Sachin.

  • Truemans_Ghost on November 30, 2010, 7:56 GMT

    At the risk of gloating and cries of "who cares?" from subcontinental posters, the position of some of the English batsmen down the table is surprising. Strauss, although no Sanga or Sachin, is a bit better than the 29th best batsman in the world at the moment, and I'm astonished to find he is still behind KP, who has done nothing in an age. Trott, although on an emotional level is my least favourite England player has got a hell of a lot of runs over the last year or so. He could turn inmto the batting half of Jaque Kallis- prolific but unlovable.

  • on November 30, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    DIRI u MAD.Do u know the difference between Good & Exceptional Good meets or slightly exceeds the requirements. Exceptional greatly exceeds the requirementsSANGA is an exceptional player.

  • Cricketlover645 on November 30, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    Well done Sanga.... Expect another big score in next test against WI

  • ssram2003 on November 30, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    Sachin is the best player in the world. He is god's gift. HE will raise as a lion in just one or two months

  • shashika68c on November 30, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    Any one thinking, batting difficult in "down under" SANGA" avg in Australia 65.16 / H/S 192 (should be mach wining inning : if RUDI give correct call)

  • emperoreresh on November 30, 2010, 7:08 GMT

    well done sanga for reclaiming the no 1 spot again after the "short time persistence" of master blaster sachin on that. u really deserve it.

    @ ankit deshmukh - he(the staff) is not comparing sanga to the sachin as it is of no use..they both are the men to watch.but its true that sri lanka plays a much few tests around the calender compare to the indian side who plays the highest individual test matches in a official calender year,4m this point of view sanga is more deserving than sachin...

    the elegance , the calmness flavored with ferociousness , the spirit ,the style u shows leaves the signature as the ruler of the batting world.

    wish u good luck in near future

  • Vijay_MatchWinner on November 30, 2010, 7:00 GMT

    He is not a versatile batsman !

  • 26raghu on November 30, 2010, 7:00 GMT

    @ Jude Mano .. Sachin scoring on Dead pitches ?? then Where sanga is playing .?? If u say Indian Pitches are dead then wat abt Srilankan pitches . They cant even beat WI on flat pitches at home . Shame on sanga and srilanka . Dont compare Sanga with Sachin who is the greatest of all time ..

  • Hindh on November 30, 2010, 6:58 GMT

    According to Sanga ICC rankings are correct only when he is No 1 but the moment India is No 1 the rankings r wrong and it is same with SL fans..... It is just the case of sour grapes with him ,what hypocrisy...

  • Proteas123 on November 30, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    Mr writter - AB has been in the top10 before. Check your gramma, Trott maybe for the first time. @ Indian fans - Cricket is not just about india. Give credit to other great tallents as well. @ Nampally - You should back your team but do you really believe that Khan is anywhere near Steyn. Then I can just as easily claim that Devilliers is better than Sachin and if he played on the same flat tracks then the stats would show it. @ PontingForPM - Well put, would like to see kallis at one and ponting at two. Will be tough though because they are not playing on as many flat tracks.

  • klobania on November 30, 2010, 6:41 GMT

    i think most deserving no.1 test cricketer in current scenario. he is most underrated player currently but knows to play well against any opponents and that is too at any pitch under difficult situations. he is not flat pitch bullies like others who r only first innings flat pitches bullies. well done sanga

  • on November 30, 2010, 6:23 GMT

    ...Tendulkar who could manage only one half-century in four innings against New Zealand.... mr.writer do you expect him to score 100 in each match? come on, atleast think before you write.

  • on November 30, 2010, 6:22 GMT

    Wel Done>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  • diri on November 30, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    He is not as Good as AB!!!! If you play most matches on flat pitches you should get high scores and have a high average

  • MENDIS_Forever on November 30, 2010, 5:40 GMT

    a flamboyant player.really a treat to watch him batting.Sanga u r a diamond to the lankan team.you have the elegance,mastery,skills and the power.unlike FTB mahela u can launch sparkling innings at any place.u have got the patience,unlike sehwag and gayle.go go sanga !

  • on November 30, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    its not a new achivement to sanga...he was in that top spot for months before sachin put tons in indian dead pitches,,, after a week or two sanga returns to his usual position no1...happy for it...u deserve it man...cheers...as an aussie supporter,, sanga is my best asian player ever...

  • rajithwijepura on November 30, 2010, 5:07 GMT

    Congrats Sanga. We want more from you

  • sanzo5 on November 30, 2010, 4:21 GMT

    sachin is big occassion players... he will come good in south africa....

  • anver777 on November 30, 2010, 4:17 GMT

    Well done & keep going......SANGA !!!!!!!!

  • ujbandara on November 30, 2010, 4:06 GMT

    Comparing to India/Aus & other countries Sri lankans having few test matches per year. Reason was ICC wants to reduce the matches of Murali, coz hw would easily reach to 1000 wickets. Anyway now retires with Good average with no one can reach. Few may try, but they may have to play 500-600 test matches to reach 1000 wickets. Now we will get few more matches, hopefully it will help to Sanga & and the team can show more colors now. -- No Murali.. so..now England/Aus/SA will come to play with us... with 3-4 tests.. .

  • on November 30, 2010, 2:30 GMT

    Welldone Sanga.. Nobody would come even close to your record. You have the highest batting avarage amoung all current players. Hope you can break all records, if SL gets Test matches like Ind, Eng and Aus.

  • on November 30, 2010, 2:22 GMT

    He is a best ever batsman....

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on November 30, 2010, 1:59 GMT

    DOES NOT MATTER SACHIN WILL REGAIN HIS NO 1 SPOT DURING THE SA SERIES AS SIMPLE AS THAT

  • rade2rising on November 30, 2010, 1:59 GMT

    Well done sanga !! keep it up ! u rockz !!

  • LakmalPhysics on November 30, 2010, 1:02 GMT

    Posted by MiddleStump on (October 14 2010, 16:43 PM GMT)

    Wait, Sachin is NOT number 1. According to latest reports, Sangakara does not understand how Sachin can be number 1. On all ranking issues, Sangakara is the final authority and we all have to wait for his decision while he tries to understand how Sachin can be at the top.

  • Raju_Iyer on November 29, 2010, 23:23 GMT

    Well done Sanga! Hope you will find it easier to understand how ICC rankings work, you do well, you get higher rating, not exactly rocket science! LOL

  • SRT_GENIUS on November 29, 2010, 23:09 GMT

    Rankings don't matter. Sachin is obviously the greatest batsmen ever. Statisticians should feel lucky to have lived in the same period as Sachin. Even Bradman agreed with Gavaskar that Sachin is greatest.

  • Meety on November 29, 2010, 22:54 GMT

    Kumar is the best batsemen in the world at the moment. (To SRT fans 'Best at the moment" does not equal greatest).

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on November 29, 2010, 22:02 GMT

    Sehwag is the best for the past 3 yrs.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on November 29, 2010, 22:01 GMT

    Sanga is the best test batsman over the past 5 yrs. Simple and no arguments.

  • brsw on November 29, 2010, 21:05 GMT

    can u believe this???? one good innings frm an english man and he's gone to 8 in the rankings.talk about being bias. also, one good bowling performance from siddle and he's in the top ten also for bowling. just pure prejudice indeed. if trott can make it into the top 10 wit 135, y not gayle making it with 333????

  • on November 29, 2010, 20:27 GMT

    he is the best, most sensible player, tendulkar had lot of luck

  • Gulshan_Grover on November 29, 2010, 20:15 GMT

    Sangkara is a classic flat track bully from Srilanka just like his partner Samarveera. Their averages are bloated due to playing on pitches resembling Agra Mathura highway. Indian turning pitches were much more challenging in preceding two decades then these shirt fronts that Sri_Lankan curator produces with alarming regularity.

  • Nampally on November 29, 2010, 19:39 GMT

    It would be interesting to see Sehwag winning the lead from Sanga. Sehwag undoubtedly is one of the great batsmen of all time.Not only that but the way he plays his shots is enough to unsettle any bowler in the world. I hope he goes to bat in SA with the same destructive tendencies he always did and show Dale Steyn who is the Governor General of the batting crease.Neithe Sanga nor Sachin can match Sehwag's strike rate either in the Test matches or in the ODI's.As for the bowling, both Steyn and Swann are consistent wicket takers who have been spared of injuries.Hence they are ahead of Zaheer. If Zaheer can maintain his physical condition in good condition , he too has a good chance at fighting for the top spot. So my 2 favourites are the third placed candidates, both deserving the top spot for a change. Their performance in the SA series will determine their rise to #1 as well as that of India. If they do well India wins the test series. If Steyn & Kallis do well SA wins the series.

  • on November 29, 2010, 18:06 GMT

    no one in INDIA minds Tendulkar not being NO 1 TEST BATSMAN...all we need s INDIA to stay in NO 1 forever....

  • darkmon.SL on November 29, 2010, 17:39 GMT

    Congratz Sanga....hope rain doesn't interfere in 3rd test !

  • on November 29, 2010, 17:20 GMT

    Well done captain!!!!! Keep it up!!!!!!!

  • on November 29, 2010, 16:45 GMT

    thats cool....atleast it will motivate srt to play better against the proteas to earn back the no one spot

  • Pavithra on November 29, 2010, 16:32 GMT

    You deserver this sanga!..

  • on November 29, 2010, 16:25 GMT

    Sanga u r rocking u r making Sri Lanka proud, keep going bcoz v have more hopes on u for the world cup "JAYA SRI"

  • on November 29, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    Sangy deserves the top spot, Viru deserved second but unfortunately got slipped to third. In bowlers, I believe this year Zaheer Khan was at his best so I was expecting him to lead the list but he could manage the third spot. Anyway, its really good to see him in the fray.

  • on November 29, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    Here WE go again, common Sanga.. Cement that spot... Let Sachin BEhind u.. SAna is the best batsman... If he can play same amout of matches that SRT have played.. SAnga will score more than Sachin, Then Sanga is best batsman.. is it the rule?

  • on November 29, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    These runs with UDRS in place.If India is to use UDRS there wont be any Indian except Dhoni in the top10.Because Dhoni is not a cheater like most of his team mates.Well done Sanga and It's not that much important to be number one but to be a player who never cheat and a player who play proper Cricket with a good brain up on your shoulder is what matters.

  • on November 29, 2010, 14:57 GMT

    Simply the best batsman in the world, whatever the conditions are....when everyone was struggling in the 2nd test day 1, with the ball swinging and seaming all over the place, Sanga bats like a beauty

  • on November 29, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    I wish zak to be at no. 1 spot!

  • CricketPissek on November 29, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    good work. consistency will push him from a Great to an 'All Time Great'

  • on November 29, 2010, 14:09 GMT

    well done sanga.........congrag.......sl

  • on November 29, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    sanga is the world best test batsman at the moment.there is no doubt about it

  • on November 29, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    Best test player in the world

  • on November 29, 2010, 13:21 GMT

    These rankings are dumb.Sachin is the no 1

  • on November 29, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    That's the Sanga we know! He's having wonderful time with bat in all three formats,and also with captaincy records! BTW Thilan deserve a spot in top 10,haVing a 50+ average in this calender year,isn't it?

  • on November 29, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    wish to hear wat sanga has to tel bout icc rankings now... :).... Nevertheless that 150 was a classy knock....

  • PontingForPM on November 29, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    Ponting will be back to number 1 soon. Sangakkara is a home town bully. Oh dear, bashing a poor WI team. What is his average in Eng/SA/WI/Ind? He has played 1 good knock in Aus (or outside his home country). The guy rarely tours outside his country and he fails whenever he does.

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  • PontingForPM on November 29, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    Ponting will be back to number 1 soon. Sangakkara is a home town bully. Oh dear, bashing a poor WI team. What is his average in Eng/SA/WI/Ind? He has played 1 good knock in Aus (or outside his home country). The guy rarely tours outside his country and he fails whenever he does.

  • on November 29, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    wish to hear wat sanga has to tel bout icc rankings now... :).... Nevertheless that 150 was a classy knock....

  • on November 29, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    That's the Sanga we know! He's having wonderful time with bat in all three formats,and also with captaincy records! BTW Thilan deserve a spot in top 10,haVing a 50+ average in this calender year,isn't it?

  • on November 29, 2010, 13:21 GMT

    These rankings are dumb.Sachin is the no 1

  • on November 29, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    Best test player in the world

  • on November 29, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    sanga is the world best test batsman at the moment.there is no doubt about it

  • on November 29, 2010, 14:09 GMT

    well done sanga.........congrag.......sl

  • CricketPissek on November 29, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    good work. consistency will push him from a Great to an 'All Time Great'

  • on November 29, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    I wish zak to be at no. 1 spot!

  • on November 29, 2010, 14:57 GMT

    Simply the best batsman in the world, whatever the conditions are....when everyone was struggling in the 2nd test day 1, with the ball swinging and seaming all over the place, Sanga bats like a beauty