ICC news July 5, 2012

Sangakkara returns to the top of ICC rankings

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara made a return to the No. 1 spot in the ICC Test batting rankings after scoring a big century against Pakistan in the drawn Test at the SSC. He had lost the top spot to West Indies' Shivnarine Chanderpaul in March 2012, after failures in the Galle Test against England.

At the start of the SSC Test, Sangakkara trailed Chanderpaul by six rating points, but earned 42 points for his first innings effort of 192. In the previous Test in Galle, Sangakkara had scored 199 runs in the first innings to earn 71 rating points. He is eight points short of achieving the 900 mark - a figure achieved by only 25 batsmen, including Sangakkara, in the history of the game.

Sangakkara achieved a career-best 938 rating points during the Kandy Test against England in 2007, which is the sixth best performance in the all-time rankings.

Apart from Sangakkara, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mohammad Hafeez and Azhar Ali also scored big hundreds and have moved up in the Test rankings.

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  • Dummy4 on July 8, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    Sanga is an Asian champ in Test Cricket. His record speaks and its big achievement for him that he played superb knocks against Pak. Pakistan always got greats like Wasim, Waqar, Shoaib and later on Gul, Wahab, Aizaz, Aamir, Junaid and many more (including spinners) and even in this situation he has good record. He has a record avg against Pak and also broke the record of Don Bradman. I am Pakistani. We got good players but we never got high level batsman. Inzi n Yousaf were good but We always played less cricket that We don't even hv players who scored more than 10K runs in test matches. Look at Sri Lanka n India. RD n Sachin r cool n even Sehwag is a big fish in Test matches and then look at Sri Lanka. Currently Sanga n somehow Mahela r best in Test Cricket. We don't hv big match winners as only 1 or 2 batsman r having 40+ avg. Look at India they r good in batting department and they hv good back up and same is the case with Sri Lanka. We were good when Wasim n Waqar were in business

  • subash on July 7, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    I think these senseless comments running down a class performer (being a wicketkeeper batsman) at that is of few who just know only aboutl IPL and few even hail IPL performances above their very own classi performers like Gavaskar, Vensakar,Laskman,Dravid. So it is furtile to comment on what has already been established.What i always believed that greatness in cricket was to to be appreciated no matter which nationality they belonged. That was the spirit of Cricket for a centurary. some how I feel there is a genuine challange not only for the sport but to the very spirit of the game.

  • Danuka on July 7, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    after listening to all the comments i must say some of them are so useless comments. some people clearly jealous about Sanga came to number 1. haha flat pitches or what ever he scored runs and why couldn't Pakistan!! Sir. Don Bradman got runs however it doesnt matter lilie and thomo wasnt there!! someone can argue if they were there (yes understand they are same country but you know what i mean) so same thing can be said to so many people!!! that is useless! what it matters he scored runs everywhere and he is number 1. when it comes to MJ he is touch player!! he got pure talent!! he is not hard worker he has immense talent!! while Sanga all about hard work

  • Dummy4 on July 7, 2012, 4:30 GMT

    anyone can say sanga is a flat track bully.but you have to prove it ok? in austraila i think sanga shows his class too much. if you can remember 192 hobert? he just has played about only5 tests in australia.and dnt 4get his odi average in australia.as i believe he play his game more comfortagely in austraila than srilanka.for me our latest guns methws thisara thiri also perfom very well in aussie tracks.and i think this year boxing day test wii win srilanka.mcg is just like rps in srilanka.hope sl fans will be their than aussie fans.less test matches for sl in RSA,ENG,NZ,AUS make oters to tell sl that they are flat track bullies.i think fixture shold be responsile for that. and for next 8 yers sl got very good fixture to many odis,t20,and tests in fast tracks.then we can see how sl perfom in fast traks.

  • Dummy4 on July 7, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    most of indian fans have some thing wrong with srilankan cricketrs.you have the best flat tracks in world.everyone agrees with that.ya we also agree ssc is not a good test wiket.i think galle,p sara,pallekelle should be given the test matches in srilanka. but in pallekelle raining is a big problem. i think its time to turn our minds to dambulla.it will be very good test wiket.spin and pace i consistantly help for bowlers.donot know why slc not giving test status dambulla.i think financially playing in dambulla is not a good issue.lack of crowd hurt very much.

  • Prashan on July 7, 2012, 0:02 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover yes I agree with you. Sanga is better than Younis Khan and Younis Khan is slightly ahead of MJ cos MJ has failed a bit too much away. Mahela's home average and away average is unevenly skewed which explains his weak point. But dont forget MJ has excelled in England and that is why he has 2 test tons at Lords and 3 ODI tons too there.

  • Billy on July 6, 2012, 23:09 GMT

    @B.C.G, look deeper and you'll find that Sangakkara only played against Warne and McGrath as a wicketkeeper-batsman, batting at No.3. That is almost an impossible task; the second hardest in Test cricket besides opening and keeping. Watson struggles to make big scores against average bowling attacks and he doesn't even bowl half the time.

  • Dummy4 on July 6, 2012, 20:51 GMT

    Sanga is best player ever to represent Australia. its his potential that he is currently no.1 in the world fan from a particular country should acknowledge others achievements as well

  • J on July 6, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    I sincerely don't believe in records because nothing is constant to make a fair comparison of each performance. The pitch, the weather, the umpires, the rules (DRS or no DRS), cricketing laws, the type & quality of bats & balls from different eras, quality of opposition, quality of own team, match situation etc are never identical. Then how do you compare performances of different players. ICC has devised a ranking system accordingly Sanga is ranked 1 during a particular period. Whether anyone likes it or not or anyone writing any number of negative comments about Sanga the fact remains that Sanga is at present the No 1 ranked batsman in the world. @MAIRJ23 - hats off to you man. Wonderful job. Sadly there are still some people from a particular nation ready to contest you.

  • Dummy4 on July 6, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    Sanga is great. But I never felt like stay awake at night to watch him. Again he is a great batsman but not a master blaster.

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