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Sangakkara regains No. 1 ranking

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Kumar Sangakkara is once again the No. 1 Test batsman in the world, following his double-century in Galle. His 221 helped Sri Lanka beat Pakistan in the first Test.

Sangakkara overhauled AB de Villiers and returned to the top of the rankings for the first time since November 2012. He has now spent a total of 81 Tests and 671 days as the top-ranked Test batsman.

Sri Lanka's captain, Angelo Mathews, has also moved up the rankings following his 91 and dashing 25 not out which won the Galle Test. Mathews, who has enjoyed an excellent run of form in Test cricket, has moved up to No. 5 - the highest ranking of his career.

But the Galle victory was set up by left-arm spinner Rangana Herath who ran through Pakistan on the final day with 6 for 48. The performance pushed him up to No. 6 in the Test bowling rankings.

England's bowlers have also crept up the rankings following their hammering of India at Old Trafford. James Anderson's five wickets moves him to No. 5 and Stuart Broad's Man of the Match 6 for 25 in the first innings propels him back into the top 10 at No. 9.

Broad is also back ahead of Mitchell Johnson in the allrounder rankings, which are now topped by India's R Ashwin, who replaced Vernon Philander after scoring 40-odd in both innings at Old Trafford.

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  • on August 11, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    Comparing batsmen to establish who is 'greater' is a subjective exercise. Each has special qualities that make them exceptional. During the Galle test even some commentators observed that Sangakkara (unfairly) is often not in the pool of players that features in the conversation on greats.

    Sanga has technique, resolve, mental strength, fitness as well as an exceptional understanding and intelligence to read the game at a given time. And he still playing and hopefully will continue for a few more years. When and after he retires I believe he will be be in the list of legends. He is already a hero, a leader and charismatic batsman at No 1.

  • on August 20, 2014, 19:36 GMT

    @K_S_Kartheek - what Is your problem mate? if u dislike to give due credits to Sanga or in that case to anybody, pl do so no body sp Sanga or ICC or Sachin or even Bradman would not bother. Without wasting time to find out minute minute points in stats of players just go home and sleep well.! pl learn to enjoy cricket not the figures or stats. enjoy good cricket regardles of whether its coming from a player of a minnows or big3. patriotism is far more different than jealousy!

  • SL_rockz on August 16, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    K_S_Kartheek

    you do not get the point mate. With all the form of life and hundreds in subcontinent and overseas , 200 hundreds etc there is a special rating system in cricket.It was there right from the 1890's. Every player to play even 1 test match has included in this. This rating point discusses the position of a player who have ever played this game of cricket. And my friend it doesnot give points randomly or according to anybody's wish. Sanga is there in all time great lists with 938 points and in the 6 th place overall. This where we came to conclusion that sobers is not the best but bradmon. Viv not the best but bradmon. Here Bradmon tops it with 960 + points... This lists is made with many experts and a well known ranking system which is common to all. Sachin has never crossed 900 point mark in 24 years of his career. 898 is best. .. I think you are not a pundit than the people who are making those decision neither am i. Ok .. So people know what to accept and what not to. :)

  • K_S_Kartheek on August 14, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    @total .............. Read my previous comments in this thread . Sanga played 107 tests till now against top 7 teams and averaged 53.98. Avg in Asia : 58 and Avg outside subcontinent 43.94 ...................Sachin after playing 107 tests against top 7 teams averaged 54.82.Average in Asia : 57.12 and average outside asia:52.12. ............. This sums up everything . Even though Sanga kept wickets , he came at no.3 ............. unlike other wicket keeper batsman......... Your argument is the weak one not seeing my previous comments and thinking you are right !!!!!!!

  • total on August 14, 2014, 12:44 GMT

    @ K_S_Kartheek If you desperately need to take out Sanga's score against Ban & Zim

    Note still Sanga's Average 54

    Sachin only 52 Also you should note that Sanga played as a wicket keeper batsman for around 40+ test matches,

    His average as a pure batsman more than 65+ against top test playing counties (excl. Bag + Zim) This is evidence that Sanga is the best (after Don)

    what is your next weak argument ?????

  • K_S_Kartheek on August 14, 2014, 12:13 GMT

    @Mohammad-Ali..................... Take minnows out of your equation and compare after playing same no.of tests .............which i did in my last comment and see the result ........Comparing Sanga to bradman is not fair really and it doesnt make sense!!!!!!!!

  • on August 14, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    late 80s and 90s was the time when many bowling greats operated. wasim,waqar,donald,mcragth,saqlain,murali,vass,walsh,ambrose,warne,lee,shoaib,bond. almost every country had a great attack except for England maybe. now the quality bowlers are few and far between steyn,morkel,ajmal,jimmy,broad can be called modern near greats. so it is unfair to compare two eras. sanga is am all time great in own right and can only play with the hand he head been dealt with.

  • Mohammad-Ali on August 13, 2014, 21:45 GMT

    Oki, another stats that shows Sanga is far more better than Sachin:

    Sanga: 219 innings, 11900+ runs, 37 hundreds, 50 fifties, 54.24 Strike rates, 319 highest, 10 ducks and 58.94 average

    Sachin: 246 innings, 11900+ runs, 39 hundreds, 49 fifties, 54.03 Strike rates, 248 highest, 14 ducks and 54.02 average

    Sanga reached to 11900+ runs 27 innings earlier than Sachin - who is great? Is not about 2,3,5 innings. Total 27 innings.

    Sanga 10 ducks with 11900+ runs Sachin 14 ducks with 11900+ runs

    Sachin 248* highest Sanga 319 highest

    Sanga 37 hundreds and 50 fifties Sachin 39 hundreds and 49 fifties - any big difference like above 27 innings difference ???

    Both have 54+ strike rates and actually Sanga has better.

    Sanga averages 58.94 - big difference, isn't it? Sachin average was 54.02

    I think ppl should stop comparing him, he (Sanga) can only be compared with Bradman and NO OTHER... Please not again at least with Kholi, I can't stop laughing then :)

  • K_S_Kartheek on August 13, 2014, 18:42 GMT

    I request all of you guys not to discuss final averages , but discuss averages after playing same no. of tests and you will find some truths .(And of course don't include minnows)...................................................................................... Ponting the legend averaged around 59 even after 100 + tests but it has gone down a lot after playing many tests.... It will be unfair to compare averages of Sachin after 200 tests , Kallis 166 tests, Sanga-127 tests ...............

  • K_S_Kartheek on August 13, 2014, 18:36 GMT

    Sangakkara has played 107 tests till date against top 7 teams and had average of 53.98 (quite good ) against them..... Here are the stats of some other modern legends after playing 107 tests against top 7 teams Sachin - 54.82 .............................................................................. Lara - 52.48 ............................................................................. Ponting-57.45 ............................................................................. Kallis- 53.45 ............................................................................... Dravid- 52.25 ............................................................................. Sanga - 53.98 ............................................................................ Out of these only Lara and Sanga have taken home advantage more than anyone. It is true that Sanga is one of the greats of the game , but it is really unfair to call him as best since bradman ........................

  • on August 11, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    Comparing batsmen to establish who is 'greater' is a subjective exercise. Each has special qualities that make them exceptional. During the Galle test even some commentators observed that Sangakkara (unfairly) is often not in the pool of players that features in the conversation on greats.

    Sanga has technique, resolve, mental strength, fitness as well as an exceptional understanding and intelligence to read the game at a given time. And he still playing and hopefully will continue for a few more years. When and after he retires I believe he will be be in the list of legends. He is already a hero, a leader and charismatic batsman at No 1.

  • on August 20, 2014, 19:36 GMT

    @K_S_Kartheek - what Is your problem mate? if u dislike to give due credits to Sanga or in that case to anybody, pl do so no body sp Sanga or ICC or Sachin or even Bradman would not bother. Without wasting time to find out minute minute points in stats of players just go home and sleep well.! pl learn to enjoy cricket not the figures or stats. enjoy good cricket regardles of whether its coming from a player of a minnows or big3. patriotism is far more different than jealousy!

  • SL_rockz on August 16, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    K_S_Kartheek

    you do not get the point mate. With all the form of life and hundreds in subcontinent and overseas , 200 hundreds etc there is a special rating system in cricket.It was there right from the 1890's. Every player to play even 1 test match has included in this. This rating point discusses the position of a player who have ever played this game of cricket. And my friend it doesnot give points randomly or according to anybody's wish. Sanga is there in all time great lists with 938 points and in the 6 th place overall. This where we came to conclusion that sobers is not the best but bradmon. Viv not the best but bradmon. Here Bradmon tops it with 960 + points... This lists is made with many experts and a well known ranking system which is common to all. Sachin has never crossed 900 point mark in 24 years of his career. 898 is best. .. I think you are not a pundit than the people who are making those decision neither am i. Ok .. So people know what to accept and what not to. :)

  • K_S_Kartheek on August 14, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    @total .............. Read my previous comments in this thread . Sanga played 107 tests till now against top 7 teams and averaged 53.98. Avg in Asia : 58 and Avg outside subcontinent 43.94 ...................Sachin after playing 107 tests against top 7 teams averaged 54.82.Average in Asia : 57.12 and average outside asia:52.12. ............. This sums up everything . Even though Sanga kept wickets , he came at no.3 ............. unlike other wicket keeper batsman......... Your argument is the weak one not seeing my previous comments and thinking you are right !!!!!!!

  • total on August 14, 2014, 12:44 GMT

    @ K_S_Kartheek If you desperately need to take out Sanga's score against Ban & Zim

    Note still Sanga's Average 54

    Sachin only 52 Also you should note that Sanga played as a wicket keeper batsman for around 40+ test matches,

    His average as a pure batsman more than 65+ against top test playing counties (excl. Bag + Zim) This is evidence that Sanga is the best (after Don)

    what is your next weak argument ?????

  • K_S_Kartheek on August 14, 2014, 12:13 GMT

    @Mohammad-Ali..................... Take minnows out of your equation and compare after playing same no.of tests .............which i did in my last comment and see the result ........Comparing Sanga to bradman is not fair really and it doesnt make sense!!!!!!!!

  • on August 14, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    late 80s and 90s was the time when many bowling greats operated. wasim,waqar,donald,mcragth,saqlain,murali,vass,walsh,ambrose,warne,lee,shoaib,bond. almost every country had a great attack except for England maybe. now the quality bowlers are few and far between steyn,morkel,ajmal,jimmy,broad can be called modern near greats. so it is unfair to compare two eras. sanga is am all time great in own right and can only play with the hand he head been dealt with.

  • Mohammad-Ali on August 13, 2014, 21:45 GMT

    Oki, another stats that shows Sanga is far more better than Sachin:

    Sanga: 219 innings, 11900+ runs, 37 hundreds, 50 fifties, 54.24 Strike rates, 319 highest, 10 ducks and 58.94 average

    Sachin: 246 innings, 11900+ runs, 39 hundreds, 49 fifties, 54.03 Strike rates, 248 highest, 14 ducks and 54.02 average

    Sanga reached to 11900+ runs 27 innings earlier than Sachin - who is great? Is not about 2,3,5 innings. Total 27 innings.

    Sanga 10 ducks with 11900+ runs Sachin 14 ducks with 11900+ runs

    Sachin 248* highest Sanga 319 highest

    Sanga 37 hundreds and 50 fifties Sachin 39 hundreds and 49 fifties - any big difference like above 27 innings difference ???

    Both have 54+ strike rates and actually Sanga has better.

    Sanga averages 58.94 - big difference, isn't it? Sachin average was 54.02

    I think ppl should stop comparing him, he (Sanga) can only be compared with Bradman and NO OTHER... Please not again at least with Kholi, I can't stop laughing then :)

  • K_S_Kartheek on August 13, 2014, 18:42 GMT

    I request all of you guys not to discuss final averages , but discuss averages after playing same no. of tests and you will find some truths .(And of course don't include minnows)...................................................................................... Ponting the legend averaged around 59 even after 100 + tests but it has gone down a lot after playing many tests.... It will be unfair to compare averages of Sachin after 200 tests , Kallis 166 tests, Sanga-127 tests ...............

  • K_S_Kartheek on August 13, 2014, 18:36 GMT

    Sangakkara has played 107 tests till date against top 7 teams and had average of 53.98 (quite good ) against them..... Here are the stats of some other modern legends after playing 107 tests against top 7 teams Sachin - 54.82 .............................................................................. Lara - 52.48 ............................................................................. Ponting-57.45 ............................................................................. Kallis- 53.45 ............................................................................... Dravid- 52.25 ............................................................................. Sanga - 53.98 ............................................................................ Out of these only Lara and Sanga have taken home advantage more than anyone. It is true that Sanga is one of the greats of the game , but it is really unfair to call him as best since bradman ........................

  • rk_ks on August 13, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    @Kamal Samantha: You guys are jealous right. No matter what, Sachin cannot be replaced at all. What ever you do. You know hype alone cannot make a player great. Realize the fact that both Sachin and Sanga are great players.

  • on August 13, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    Also just for the record, Sachin's strike rate in Tests is undetermined. Some innings early in his career, balls were not counted. Having said that, his ODI strike rate is 10 runs more than Sanga (85 vs 75) and that is huge when you consider the number of innings played. Add to that Sanga's average of just 40, you can eliminate any comparison to Sachin either in Average or Stike-rate in ODis.

    In Tests, although their Average and Strike rates may be more comparable, Sachin has many other records (like number of 100s etc, most runs), which Sanga can never come close to.

  • on August 13, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    @Shane-oh, total .... I didn't say compare strike-rates alone. I said look at the combination of Average* Strike rate in both Tests and ODIs (and give some weighted average to both). Here's my reasoning - Average proves consistency. Srike rate proves dominance over bowlers. Only 3 batsman in the modern era (post 2000) have a good average and strike rate across both ODIs and Tests --- and what do you know -- they are they are the ones who are spoken of as Greats -- Tendulkar, Lara and Ponting. The rest are Good but not Great because they lacked the Domination factor (Kallis, Dravid, Sanga).

    I also said that I don;t like looking at Stats when it comes to Greats. Greatness is about grabbing the moments in a game -- and that can never be seen through stats. But since everyone's going on about these useless Test rankings etc, I came up with a method that could come closest to weeding out the greats.

  • on August 13, 2014, 15:47 GMT

    Sanga's best rating is 938. He is at No. 6 on Best ever ratings. Master Sachin's best is 898. Indian's God is at No. 29 on the same list. Check here: http://www.relianceiccrankings.com/alltime/test/ Who is the best?

  • on August 13, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    Sachin was most feared batsman & most prized wicket if he was that worthless why every team strategise to primarily target him??

  • shane-oh on August 13, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    People comparing marginal differences in test strike rates don't understand test cricket.

    Also, all this statistical manipulation proves is that you can use statistics to prove anything, if you start with a conclusion and work backwards.

    Let's look at a batsman's average - the only stat that really matters.

  • total on August 13, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    @ Sid Katragadda

    I agree with you Dravid & Kallis got poor strike rate in test Dravid - 42.51 ,Kallis - 45.97

    BUT NOT SANGA who got test strike rate - 54.24

    your Sachin also only 54.09 so what's the differences

    On the other hand Pointing (58.72) and Lara (60) got higher strike rate than both SANGA and SACHIN

  • its.rachit on August 13, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    @SLslider_original - so you are saying that amla and de villiers are better than Sachin ... and people say that Indian fans are biased .. yes a lot of them are biased but then comments like these dont really show you in great light ... be sensible dear ... sachin was selected in the all time test XI in 2010 by experts across the world ... give respect where due ... i disagree with the Indians when they that Sachin is GOD or best ever or best in all conditions ... he had his fair share of weaknesses which every batsmen has ... but then statements like "Sachin was not a match winner" or " he was a flat track bully" or "he played only for stats"are equally senseless and biased ... so let us not downgrade anyone to praise the other ... all these are great players in their their own right and deserve their place under the sun ...

  • LakmalPhysics on August 13, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    Dear Sachin fans, Please read the following I posted 4 years back.

    Posted by 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 benifitted 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???...

  • INDSlider on August 13, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    Sanga is way better than Sachin and comparable with Lara, Ponting, Kallis, Devilliers, Dravid and Amla.

  • on August 13, 2014, 5:14 GMT

    @Commentator - Lara and Ponting played at #3 and #4 too...they didn't have the slow strike rates in Tests and ODIs like Sangakarra, Dravid, Kallis. So your argument is not valid. Also, Test cricket is not the only test of batsmanship. ODIs provide a different kind of challenge and only true greats can **dominate** across both formats. Look at Kohli - he's #1 in ODis but struggling in tests. So you have to dominated both forms to be considered great - and with a good Average and Strike rate! Period!

  • total on August 13, 2014, 3:55 GMT

    @ SLslider_original you are very correct.

    ADD to that, Sanga did not get as many matches in Ind,SA and WI recently (after 2008 when he play as a pure batsman),once he get the opportunity I am sure he will correct all these records too,then these few peoples who try to undermine Sanga's records need to find some other weak argument.

    Before some peoples shouted about his average in Eng. look what happened recent 2 test series he score 50+ score in ALL 4 innings (including 147 ) if SL get 3 or 5 match series like other countries his records would have been much better.

    ADD TO THAT MOST OF THE TIME SL HAD TO PLAY IN EARLY SUMMARY ( WITH UNFAVORABLE CONDITIONS TO BATSMAN) BUT some players though they play July-Aug still cannot score after playing 4 test matches Guys accpet the FACTS and enjoy the game of Cricket ,SANGA THE BEST after Don

  • INDSlider on August 13, 2014, 3:17 GMT

    Modest people accept that Sanga is far ahead of all the other so-called greats. One aspect those hypocrites used to demean Sanga is low averages in few countries. Yes, definitely he has 34 in WI, 35.75 in SA, 36.5 in Ind. But, he has compensated those with higher averages 86.87 in Pak, 66.8 in NZ and 60.33 in Aus. My problem is why don't they get this criteria for other so-called greats. For eg: Ponting has 26.48 in Ind, 31 in Zim and 41.79 in Eng. Lara has 33 in Ind, 36.9 in NZ and 41.97 in Aus. Great Sachin has 40 in Zim and 40.25 in Pak. Finally Sanga has averaged out his average closer to 60 which is way higher than so-called greats and has done so much behind the wicket which hasn't done any of those greats. Also a certain greats blocked the youngsters playing 2 years with a mediocre average of less than 30.

  • PakSelectorsRbad on August 13, 2014, 2:41 GMT

    NO doubt Sangakara is a better player than Tendulkar and Jack K...

  • cricsavvy on August 13, 2014, 1:48 GMT

    The No.1 batsman who milked Bangladesh and Zimbabwe!

  • JoshFromJamRock on August 13, 2014, 1:25 GMT

    Its hard to better Viv Richards and Tendulkar as "allround" batsmen who dominated and succeeded in both formats against all teams. The other day I noted that Tendulkar's peaked at 58 and 47 in Tests and ODIs respectively. BUT that man Viv Richards, in a era of bowling domination, managed to up his Test average to 62 after almost 50 matches. Viv's ODI average was once 56 after 100 matches and it only fell to 50 after 150 matches but his strike rate was still a phenomenal 90 in an era where few got their managed a strike rate of 75 and average of 45. Its only because he overstayed a couple years in both formats why his stats look "great" and not unbelievable. The same can be said of Sachin but these guys loved the game and played it to win first while entertaining as much as possible.

    I love cricket as a sport. Sports should be entertaining, true? And for pure batting entertainment, with the bonus of great stats, few come close to Sobers, Viv, Sachin and Lara.

  • Mohammad-Ali on August 12, 2014, 21:41 GMT

    I don't know why some of Indian fans trying to compare Sanga with AB, Amla, Kholi(hehe) and MS Dhoni ??? Do you guys even know that Sanga has score 26095 Runs till date combined Test + ODI + T20I and he is 3rd (Yes, third on the list of most runs combined all three formats. And he only needs 1400 more runs to Surpass Ponting and will get 2nd place) his overall average is 46.34 and if talk about average + 25k runs than it is Kallis at no.1 with 49.10 average overall.

    #Huge huge fan of AB, Amla and MS - but isn't fair to compare them with Sanga, not at least for now. Sanga is the only batsmen who can reach to SRT record and if he continue playing his form for next 2-3 years, then he can break all the records for sure.

  • Kays789 on August 12, 2014, 19:54 GMT

    Why is everyone comparing a genuine match winner in Sangakkara to a bloke who played for nothing but his stats? You only have to look at sangakkara's last test innings to realize that the team's cause is far more vital to him than a tick in the half-century/century column. This is where Lara, Ponting et al shine brighter than tendulkar and even Kallis (the batsman).

  • on August 12, 2014, 18:40 GMT

    Those who are wondering and crying that sanga didn't get proper recognition for his talent should observe his on field approach then they may get the answer

  • on August 12, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    Openers generally have the best of both worlds when it comes to ODIs- even more so during the 1990s and early 2000s, with the 15 over field restrictions. Since ODI pitches are always batsman friendly, they could freely go over the top. Along with that they also had a harder ball to play with- ball comes on to the bat nicely. Moreover they also got to play the maximum no of overs. Good ODI batsmen are the ones who do well in the later stages of the innings, when the pressure is on and batting conditions more difficult. MSD is the best ODI batsman produced by India. Period. His rear guard action has taken India home in scores of ODIs. He has a brilliant combination of percentage cricket shots where he hits between gaps and runs like a hare and brutal power. He can up the ante literally at any time and on any ground. This was not something that all the Laras and Sachins and Pontings could do. Moreover, they all batted higher up in the order

  • ZkAneela on August 12, 2014, 17:51 GMT

    Hope AB will get it back soon.Sanga is a great player but AB has the ability to take it back..A huge huge fan of AB....

  • Commentor on August 12, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    @Sid Katragadda, Please understand the difference between the role of an opening batsman and a no3 batsman in ODIS. And also if you want to measure the batsman ship, test cricket is the ultimate way of doing that (In odis the duties of batsman varies greatly due to team tactics). Ex- Shewag has a low average but a much higher str rate than SRT, because he was a much aggressive opener than SRT. I personally don't like to give numbers to the cricketers, i just want to say that your selection method is totally inappropriate.

  • on August 12, 2014, 15:11 GMT

    Statistics alone can't prove greatness - but if you have to use statistics, then use this simple formula - combination of Batting Average * Strike Rate across both Tests and ODIs. I came up with this because what separates the Greats from the Good players is the domination factor - and that can only be factored in through the Strike Rate. People like Dravid, Kallis, Sanga, Sehwag don't make the cut because they didn't have a good enough ODI average or strike rate or both. Now you see why Tendulkar, Ponting and Lara stand above everyone else. Because they had the domination factor.

  • shane-oh on August 12, 2014, 14:05 GMT

    @seagrip - to illustrate I don't sit anywhere on this Kumar vs Sachin debate, and list that has Tendulkar as low as 18th is frankly ridiculous.

  • shane-oh on August 12, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    @Ahmad Uetian - anyone can create criteria designed to prove a particular person is better than another.

    I could say - "the best batsman is the one who scores the most runs". Therefore, the best batsmen would be, in order, Bradman, Pollock, Headley, Sutcliffe, Paynter, Sangakkara, and Sangakkara is the best to have batted in the last 45 years...but that would be a bit silly (although scoring the most runs seems a fair way to judge the best batsman, but nevermind).

  • true-numbers on August 12, 2014, 13:47 GMT

    @shane-oh: I excluded eng series because I don't know how much run he got in that series and also mentioned numbers are computed before eng series. I have no intention to hype or downgrade any batsman. I just said real numbers. he just averages 35 against eng India and said in their countries but he performed exceptionally well against aus 60 avg. please go through this cricinfo article.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/723713.html

    thanks cricinfo for these numbers.

  • seagrip on August 12, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    Sanga will definitely be remembered as a true great. he makes no.11 in my list which is pretty much an official list.

    1. Don 2. S Waugh 3. Ponting 4. V Richards 5. Sobers 6. Lara 7. Border 8. Hayden 9. Gillchriest 10. Kallis 11. Sanga 12. Cook 13. Miandad 14. Khan 15. Haq 16. Boon 17. Jones 18. Sachin

  • on August 12, 2014, 13:12 GMT

    Gloveless Sangakkara now averages 72.

  • ramli on August 12, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    Ashwin is the best batting all-rounder and the best 5th bowler who can bat very well in India ... just allow him to prosper ... he is either better or on-par batsman than any so-called all-rounders in the world currently and certainly deadlier that MJ in home conditions ... so, ranking is justified

  • shane-oh on August 12, 2014, 13:05 GMT

    @true-numbers - why would you exclude his recent series in England? Do you always exclude successful series when evaluating a batsman? Or rather, do you exclude them when you want to show a batsman is worse than he is, and exclude bad series when you want to show a batsman is better than he is? Sanga doesn't need to improve anything; his scarcely believable destroys all the arguments against him with ease.

    Really, these arguments are getting tired. Always the same old rubbish to try and belittle the achievements of one of the finest batsmen the world has ever seen. I can only assume those that like to bash Sangakkara are not really fans of the game.

  • ramli on August 12, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    @Liyan_SLCT ... Ashwin ranked 1 means that there is so much dearth in performance by others elsewhere ... his record at home is enviable ... just accept it ... one cannot take wickets everywhere ... Ashwin will retain his crown for some more time because, WI are touring India shortly and he has 2 centuries against them and bucketful of wickets too!!!

  • on August 12, 2014, 12:57 GMT

    CRITERIA FOR BEING G8

    1 High rate of getting man of the match (MOM)

    2 Hi avg.In ODI hi avg & SR

    3 Balanced performance vs all oppositions esp superior performance vs stronger sides

    4 Balanced record across all formats, home & away

    5 Being big match player i.e superior performance in tournament finals & World Cups

    6 Maintaining high standard over prolonged career

    7 Holding records

    8 Having flair

    Based on this Sachin stands well above all as in ODI he wins MOM @ rate 2nd only to Richards, have balanced record vs all opponents with superior record vs Aus with 9 ODI 100s & 7 test 100s, ODi avg 45 with 49 100s @86 SR, test avg 53 with 51 test 100s, having tournament finals & WC avg of 50+ @ 90 SR.Has maintained this record over 24 yrs career with max ODI & test runs, obviously holds all worthwhile records with the exception of biggest inn & fastest 100, expert at all shots vs pace & spin & played them without any fuss..Sachin is followed by Richrds Pontng Kalls Lara Sanga

  • Emon_Al_Imran on August 12, 2014, 12:50 GMT

    I think Sanga is better batsmen than Sachin,Ponting,Dravid even Kallis in Test cricket,..Sachin is a great player ,no doubt about it,but the average of Sanga ,his consistency says it all.Sachin,Ponting,Dravid,Kallis they all played approximately 150 Tests to reach 12000 runs,and Sanga played only 127 Test and already near abt where he scored 11907 runs ,average of 58.94 ..just outstanding.and I believe if Sanga could play another 4 years he could break all sachin's records in Test ,he doesn't have to play 24 years or doesn't have to play 200 Tests.

  • on August 12, 2014, 12:50 GMT

    @GermanPlayer & @ Thilak Rajah

    highest 9th wicket partnership is obviously not a worthwhile record. A batsman scores most ducks is an undesireable record. A batsman holds records for highest no of 50s is not much worthwhile record

    1. A batsman with highest avg after sizable career is a the most precious record. For a batsman other worthwhile records are 2. Most 100s ODIs 3. Most 100s Tests 4. Most runs test 5. Most runs ODI 6. Most MOM awards Tests 7. Most MOM awards ODI 8. Most runs in World Cup 9. Biggest inns ODI 10. Biggest inns Test 11. Fastest ODI 100 12. Highest runs per inns ODI not avg (bcz remaining NO by not scoring briskly in final overs hurts team but boost your avg. Every run helps team but NO doesn't at all)

    Note: no of test 200s or 300s don't make u a G8..Bcz Kallis & Dravid r (with no 300 & 4 200s b/w them) far superior batters than Gayle & Sehwag (with 3 300s & quite a few 200 b/w them) Team needs frequent big inns i.e.100, not excessively big inns in dead rubber.

  • on August 12, 2014, 12:45 GMT

    @GermanPlayer & @ Thilak Rajah

    highest 9th wicket partnership is obviously not a worthwhile record. A batsman scores most ducks is an undesireable record. A batsman holds records for highest no of 50s is not much worthwhile record

    1. A batsman with highest avg after sizable career is a the most precious record. For a batsman other worthwhile records are 2. Most 100s ODIs 3. Most 100s Tests 4. Most runs test 5. Most runs ODI 6. Most MOM awards Tests 7. Most MOM awards ODI 8. Most runs in World Cup 9. Biggest inns ODI 10. Biggest inns Test 11. Fastest ODI 100 12. Highest runs per inns ODI not avg (bcz remaining NO by not scoring briskly in final overs hurts team but boost your avg. Every run helps team but NO doesn't at all)

    Note: no of test 200s or 300s don't make u a G8..Bcz Kallis & Dravid r (with no 300 & 4 200s b/w them) far superior batters than Gayle & Sehwag (with 3 300s & quite a few 200 b/w them) Team needs frequent big inns i.e.100, not excessively big inns in dead rubber.

  • true-numbers on August 12, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    this is my first comment in cricinfo. sangakkara avg 39 in eng oz and sa (his recent eng tour excluded). definitely not a good number but respectable one. areas he'll want to improve on. In nine Tests in England , he averages 30.58; in eight matches in South Africa, he average 35.75. and also he hasn't been prolific in India either, averaging 36.50 from ten Tests. he needs to improve his test avg away.

  • Niju_001 on August 12, 2014, 12:08 GMT

    Please guys do not compare batsmen. Each one are unique. Sachin is Sachin and Sanga is Sanga. Both are great players. Sachin and Lara are the best to the best of my knowledge after the great Don. Everyone else comes after simply because of the 3D's (Desire | Determination | Dedication) they have shown in the cricketing field. Most occasions they had to fight alone. If you see they might have scored big in losing causes, which itself is an example that even after scoring big they could not take their team to victory. Cricket is purely a team game an Individual cannot always win matches for them without any support from their team however small it may be. Sanga too is a great cricketer after some more years a new cricketer might score more centuries and may emulate Sachin and Sanga which doesnt mean he is better than these two. Take for Cook who is the fastest to reach 7000 runs in test cricket, os is he the best or better than anyone else?

  • total on August 12, 2014, 10:55 GMT

    Guys I have some interesting facts to share with you.

    Out of 37 centuries (in 127 test) Sanga score,20 in the winning course which is 54% phenomenal and only 4 centuries in loosing course ( 11%) where as ;

    Sachin score 51 centuries (in 200 test) ,again 20 only in winning course ( 39% only) and more importantly 11 centuries in loosing course ( 21%)

    Also if you compare MOM award list too, the list is dominated by the bowlers, but currently Sanga in the fifth place with Ponting (Pointing played 168 matches and Sanga only 127) with 16 MOM awards. On the other had Sachin in the 9th place with 14 MOM award (AFTER PLAYING 200 TEST MATCHES)

    This shows Sanga is a great team player and not play for personal records.

    So guys please be empathy with few of those people who are still trying to ignore Sanga's achievement

    So no more comparison required, Don-01 and SANGA -02

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on August 12, 2014, 10:55 GMT

    Aswin is more valuable player than both sanga and Matthews combined....

  • on August 12, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    Whoah!! can't believe this "Sanga is better than Sachin" nonsense. Sanga just scored 2000 odd runs against Aus and SA(the best bowling teams of his generation) at average of 40, which is not great by any means. On the other hand Sachin scored 5300+ runs against Aus and SA at average of 50+. Can't even understand how they could be compared. a guy scored one-third of his runs against the best bowlers, across a span of 20+ years, compared against a guy who scored most of his runs at Colombo? Does Sanga even know what it like facing Merv Hughes, McDermott, Hadlee, Qadir?

  • BradmanBestEver on August 12, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    Sanga's record is even more impressive than Ponting, Lara or Tendulkar because Sanga was also a wicketkeeper for much of his career.

    So, he could not "rest" in the field or go off the ground easily when he felt like it.

    Despite this added workload, Sanga still performed much better than these other 3 batsman. Without a doubt he is better by a long shot.

  • ksquared on August 12, 2014, 10:12 GMT

    @SLslider_original how can PAK be called a weak side? Their batting maybe suspect but they always had a great bowling unit. Sanga averages 80 plus against PAK and he played against guys like Waqar, Wasim, Akthar.

  • fairplay_cricket_fan on August 12, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    I think people should just shut up and see the statistics and come to their own conclusions.

    For long, and for some now even do not want to accept Murali as the greatest test bower. They will say he played 16 matches against Zimbabwe and some against Bangladesh. (If he got those same number of games against England or New Zealand, he would have ended up with more wickets as these two countries play spin even worse) Same people will also say Sanga also has many runs and double centuries against weaker teams or in home soil. These tatements are made by narrow minded and own country obsessed jealous people, who cannot accept the truth.

    Big three is committed to playing against themselves the most. And the supporters of the big three will always point out of some deficiency as and when one of the 'other' players head the ranking or head the statistics.

    grow up.

  • anver777 on August 12, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    Mathews's batting is growing rapidly along with his captaincy.... its a good sign for SL cricket !!! Among ace spinners, hardworking Herath is a unsung hero in world cricket.... currently he's doing a excellent job Lankans !!!!!

  • on August 12, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    It's funny how all Indian fans are in up and arms with people saying Sanga is better than Tendulker ha ha , personally I reckon Sanga not far off as his test average is higher than Sachin's so stats don't lie do they?

  • INDSlider on August 12, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    Sanga has a relatively poor average against strong Saffas, but Sachin has poor averages of 30+ against weaker Zim and Pak. Who is the better batsmen?

  • SDeepalV on August 12, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    It is nothing to do with stats. It is how he play and reads the game. I dearly like to see Sanga to play another 2 - 3 years just to shut subcontinental jabbering, by that time he would have 14,000 runs, 45 hundreds, 14 doubles at an average 60. Sanga is made of class with good family back ground, good education, great fighter, especially in testing conditions, despite the fact that he took Cricket seriously, in his late teens. Anyone, who shook hand with him, would know how serious he is. He will grind your right hand. Deepal V

  • true-cric-lover on August 12, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    @ SixFourOut on (August 12, 2014, 7:01 GMT) dear mate just check how many matches he played against those countries in their home soil. not offering matches to play is not his weakness. watch his 192 against Aus it will tell you his capability.

  • ThatsAlright on August 12, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    A batsman smashes a double ton against a top side in a winning cause and people say he's merely a flat home track specialist. Get a life and enjoy the game of cricket!

  • on August 12, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    good player

  • on August 12, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    the best batsman ever

  • SaeedKhanNiazi on August 12, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    @Arni OnlyArnab: Even with stats available at your disposal, you are still not able to deduce the simple fact that he is one of the greatest batsman in cricket. This answers two things: 1. you attempt to be bias in you "analysis" when the proof stands in contrary to your assessment and you do not know how to arrive at a logical conclusion. 2. The hollow and empty statement shows their is only a personal grudge with no strong argument accept a very immature statement that holds no wait. There are two main factors that make him stand from the rest: 1. his solid consistency. 2. his ability to score big, nearly every innings, by taking advantage of this very strength. He truly deserves it! As of current, the most in form test batsman I can think of at the moment are: Sanga, AB, Amla, Clarke amongst others. There are few more, but lack of test match series do not allow me to make a statement.

  • on August 12, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    I do not how Ashwin is no. 1 in 'Allrounder' category....not being playing regularly for india I guess counts as a bonus rating!

  • shane-oh on August 12, 2014, 8:45 GMT

    @Bogala Saundiris - well said.

  • shane-oh on August 12, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    @Arni OnlyArnab - he is, apart from by those who have a vested interest in convincing people he isn't.

  • SajithaD on August 12, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    @Arni OnlyArnab, you just stepped on your tail mate... Your fellow indians didn't mentioned about outside subcontinent because sachin and sanga has identical away averages, sachin has better average in SA, ENG but sanga is far better in AUS..Then sanga has much better average in home because he is better when playing against spinners than sachin (sachin has weekness against spinners but not exposed much by media) and it makes sangas overall average much better than sachin... You didn't checked stats, you hoped (maybe imagined or believed) it should be lower but sorry mate, sangas bat spoke for himself better than your media hype spoke for sachin...

  • Manoj_pdm on August 12, 2014, 8:40 GMT

    He is the one who is going to overcome all the records of Sachin... unfortunately nobody given the credit he deserves..

  • ksquared on August 12, 2014, 8:40 GMT

    @Arni OnlyArnab there is no point comparing Sangas stats outside the sub contingent as he hasn't played enough. What's the use of looking at an average when he has only played around 5,6 matches in Aus, NZ, SA in 14 years when it can dramatically change with a single big score? BTW he averages 60 plus in AUS.

  • on August 12, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    @Arni OnlyArnab - I did what you said. Sangakkara's Test Averages outside subcontinent vs Aus : 60.33 vs SA: 35.75 vs Eng: 41.04 vs Nz:66.8 ... I wouldn't call this "aweful" at all. Just for reference lets take Lara whose averages against the same opponents(away from home) are: 41.97,46.72,48.76,36.9 It's safe to say while he is not the best batsman in the world he is among the finest. Your statement is just based on your petty little mentality.

  • on August 12, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    Sanga has always been a better batsman in world cricket. His charisma has never gone below the line of excellence

  • on August 12, 2014, 8:03 GMT

    sanga is really rocking at the fag end of his career i think he has another 5-6 years of career at the international career. He is still hungry for runs.

  • shane-oh on August 12, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    It's been astonishing to witness this incredible career, and I only hope it continues for several years to come - please Sanga, do not retire based purely on the basis of your age. If you are continually one of the best in the world, and keep scoring ever more runs, you should continue to play.

  • on August 12, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    I have always been a grt fan of sanga kata whoever tells anything abt him he doesn't need to show anyone his action speaks louder than others speech......if m nt mistaken sachin doesn't evn hav a test triple century and so does kallis and sanga he always plays for country rather than for his individual stats.....he was best n vl always be best of all

  • on August 12, 2014, 7:31 GMT

    Check his record outside subcontinent...specially against Aus and SA...its awefull!!! Thats y he is not considered among the league of Sachin,Kallis,Lara,Ponting.....because all of these have scored runs all over the world against all odds...

  • Geeva on August 12, 2014, 7:21 GMT

    I think Angelo has improved immensly as a Test batsman..i still feel he needs to convert more 50s into 100s.thats his next step

  • on August 12, 2014, 7:15 GMT

    Definitely Sanga Kara is the best player of cricket game also he is attitude during the play like too much and congratulate to Sanga kara and his country for the position which he gott it .best luck

  • Marlong on August 12, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    Sanga is back where he Should be & Ashwin is No 1 All-Rounder, Please make a serious statement...

  • SixFourOut on August 12, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    @Thejana Yasanga Wickramasinghe

    Yes a good average, but only one hundred against the Australians and only one hundred against the South Africans for and average on 35.

    Like I was saying. He has a grand total pf 1100 runs against the 2 best sides out if his 11,000.

    He is a great player, no doubt, but we'd all be delusional if we didn't count for whom the runs where against. The majority of his runs are at home against average opposition, whilst strong bowling attacks have dominated him at home and abroad.

  • on August 12, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    Fittingly, not a singly Indian batsman is in Top 10...serves them well. The fall of Cheteshwar Pujara and Kohli in rankings has been spectacular.

  • LankaPuthra on August 12, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    Sanga's position in rankings is not only because he is a fantastic batsman or his impressive stats; he is a gentleman who has his feet firmly on the ground. He has not forgotten his-story and believes he has not arrived. He is an all rounder on and off the field who makes SL fans proud. I look forward to see his sons/daughters one day walking to the middle for SL (I hope I will still have enough eye sight!). It would be a challenge for them to live up to appachchi's (dad's) standards. I for one would be boasting to my grandchildren that I actually have seen the slightly grey haired man in the pavilion who is now watching his kids play, playing that exquisite cover drive himself in his day. Sanga, keep those boots firmly on the old terracotta.

  • on August 12, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    Hearty congratulations Ashwin... back where u belong.

  • __PK on August 12, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    A few years ago I read some comments from SL fans that Sangakkara was genius under pressure, but failed to deliver when his team had an opportunity to take a lead. What is the current opinion on this? His 221 was probably a combination of both, under pressure with a big Paki first innings to chase, then forging ahead later.

  • on August 12, 2014, 6:26 GMT

    Sangakarra's record in Tests outside Sri Lanka also needs to be looked at to really evaulate his high batting average close to almost 60 runs per innings! I do believe though that he is more solid, has a better defense, and is more consistent than Tendulkar. I would rate Sangakarra, Dravid, and Lara all ahead of Tendulkar who was often undone and clean bowled by genuine pace bowling as Mohammed Asif of Pakistan showed in a Test match when he totally exposed the Indian maestro. Other pace bowlers like Allan Donald have also exposed Tendulkar's weakness by clean bowling him.

  • gahapanmachan on August 12, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    I wonder what Sangakkara's average would be if he played 4/5 test series unlike the1/2 series he gets. Once Sachin had a poor first 3 tests in Oz & hit ~200 in the final and his average looked pretty. Especially in alien bouncy wickets, one need exposure and Sanga/Mahela etc never got that. Yet they have scored many centuries in all fast tracks.

  • on August 12, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    I really put sangakara in the poll of sachin,ponting, lara and kallis at test level. Nearly 12000 runs in 127 matches, 37 hundreds and 10 of these are double hundreds,a triple hundred as well and avg nearly 59( best of all). this is a record of a legend. his away avg is over 53 which is also great and best. i think (and predict) if he remains fit for next 2 years he will finish his career with 14000 runs and 45 hundreds

  • total on August 12, 2014, 6:00 GMT

    For those who called (specially some fans from India, but majority of Indian fans too agree Sanga is the best batsman after Sir Don) Sanga only score only @ Home; Please check his away average more than 54,More importantly SL not get as many away matches or tours as other countries, in last England tour also SL got only 2 matches that too in Early Summer (May-June) not in July-August with Sun signing, still he manage to score 50+ score in all 4 innings (including majestic 147 in loads) Also he play only 2 test matches against Zimbabwe & against Bangladesh even Sachin average 130+,so what, give credit to where it deserve SANGA is Number 01,no matter what few people try to say or try to manipulate, stats cannot lie Respect

  • KW-SL on August 12, 2014, 5:51 GMT

    One of the all time greats no doubt & best in the modern era! congratz & keep it up.

  • ArnoldVDH on August 12, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    Ashwin is just so over rated. Him being at number one is more an indication of a lack of talent in all-rounders

  • gagan_deep on August 12, 2014, 5:38 GMT

    Congratulations Ashwin!.

    But the no.1 alrounder tag for u, is quiet s'prizing as recently u played only 1 game and scored odd 40 odd runs in both innings but havn't taken a single wicket .Even u havn't trouble any batsman.

    On the other hand, recently B Kumar scored consecutive half centuries at number 9 and taken so many wickets in each game and he is no where near to Ashwin.......

    Ashwin is good test batsman only, in overseas then why he is considering as an alrounder ??

    Better he should be in Top Basmans list instead of alrounder....

  • sujxxx on August 12, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    Well Done Sangakkara - A True Legend !!! Hey guys no matter what is said and done he has the second best average in the world after Sir Don !!! Even Sachin,Ponting,Kallis or Lara never achieved - so numbers matter and they do not lie ! Look, whether u play in sub continent or overseas, you are still playing against the best 11 players in your country...that is what you call INTERNATIONAL TEST CRICKET...so what's the fuss? People who cannot digest that Sanga is No.1 and a true legend than Sachin and Co.? All I have to say is - Give credit to who deserves it....do not take it away from him ! He deserves it guys !!!

  • on August 12, 2014, 5:35 GMT

    Sid Katragadda - Sanga and most of us love to see Sri Lanka getting 5 Test match tours in England, Australia, SA and NZ but what we and Sanga can do when the big 3 want to play each other and not let other teams to tour to these countries ? we only play at home cus those are the only matches we get and Sanga use those to perform, imagine last English tour had 5 Matches how many more runs he would have scored ?

  • Y2G_87 on August 12, 2014, 5:27 GMT

    Ashwin did not even get a chance to bowl against End in 4th innings, actually when ball turns and bounce more for a spinner.

    If Dhoni and Co could have accompanied him while batting, probably they could have scored a hundred plus lead.

    Ashwin can win a place in T20 and ODI only for bowling and in ODI he can bat down the order with patience even if top and middle order collapse.

    He is a player who can play patiently and build innings while other can keep pushing for boundaries. Even though he lacks bit of techniques which a specialist batsman have today, his timing and elegance will do for him.

    But as a bowler in tests outside sub-continent he needs to improve and he will do it, but not if they opt for Sir RJ over RA. if they can send RA ahead of RJ he can very well build healthy partnerships with middle order batsmen, but if they want quick runs it will not work out.

    Congrats Ashwin, please improve your bowling skills in tests outside Asia.

  • on August 12, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    Sangakarra is no doubt good, but I wouldn't put him in the company of Tendulkar, Lara, Ponting. First, he has a mediocre ODI record (combination of Avg. and Strike Rate). Second, he has a mediocre Away record. People may say look at his Test avg in Australia - but he's played 5 matches each in Australia and England. That's the issue with most SL players. They only play at home and rule. They play so little outside.

  • samcric7 on August 12, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    @ Arun Mozhi Varman , I have analyzed sachin's double ton record as you did with regard to Sanga earlier. I have used the same template then changed the numbers.

    Nothing to take anything away from Sachin, though these stats

    Sachin's 6 double ton stats 1 vs B'desh (away) 2 vs AUS (1 home 1 away) (not against Mcgrath or shane warne in BOTH) 1 vs NZ (home) 1 vs SL (away) not against Murali, 1 vs ZIM (home) Sachin scored just six double tons in exactly double ton (200) tests. No one has broken that record. not even Sir Don

  • siddhartha87 on August 12, 2014, 5:12 GMT

    Good to see Sanga at no 1. His year by year average of last 7year reads: 2007-138.28 ,2008-39.45 2009- 2009-57.00 2010-99.28 2011-49.23 2012-51.13 2013-85.33 2014-84.37.

    Those are some serous numbers and shows how consistent he has been in past 7 years or so. Lots of people says his average has been high as he played lots of tests against Bangladesh ,but even if you leave his records against Bangladesh he averages 55.75 which is higher than Sachin,Lara,Ponting and Kallis' career average.

  • Proteas_Power on August 12, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    @ SixFourOut- "Mitchell Johnson at his best is good, but his record is decidedly average" Mate he took 264 Wickets in 59 tests & this figure is not an average stat IMHO i.e. 4.5 wickets/match. He is 32 now & at least 4 more years should left in his carrier. If he remain fit throughout his career then he will go par 450 wickets easily. Steyn is class himself I agree with you, he is no.1 bowler but in current time Johnson is the most fearsome bowler in all formats of game. But if you want to compare Steyn with someone Ryan Harris is much better than him. Ask anybody. Harris is genuine swing bowler & ranked 2nd in world. But he lasts only for 2 years in Aussies squad. BTW I m a lankan

  • anver777 on August 12, 2014, 4:54 GMT

    Congrats Sanga !!! for being "THE TOP OF THE WORLD" in Tests.... keep scoring, you still have that hunger for runs & there's still plenty to offer for SL cricket !!!!!

  • YesSirYesSirThreebagsfull on August 12, 2014, 4:22 GMT

    Ratings are spot on - Ahswin is indded best allroudner in world today. In future i predict he will become best ever spinner allrounder.

  • arivuarasu87-gmail on August 12, 2014, 4:09 GMT

    Not sure why did they missed out B Kumar's ranking? He also performed well in recent matches along with broad and anderson..

  • DDCBW on August 12, 2014, 3:50 GMT

    Weldon Sanga you are the best and keep it up. Lot of people spoke you cannot play in England and you shut them now and I don't know where those people now. You just keep scoring lets bat do the spiking and all the best.

  • on August 12, 2014, 3:48 GMT

    @ SixFourOut Sangakkara average 60+ in Austrailia and Newzealand no one can say he was only scored in subcontinent. your great bowler is wrong. sanga faced akthar, warne, steyn, jhonson, ajmal, shane bond, kumble

  • sifter132 on August 12, 2014, 3:47 GMT

    The thing that will always go against Sangakkara is his overseas record. It's not that he's bad overseas, it's just that such a high percentage of his runs have come at home. eg. He's made 37 centuries and only 6 of them have come in Aus/Eng/NZ/SA/WI. An incredibly low ratio.

  • on August 12, 2014, 3:44 GMT

    @ Posted by Arun Mozhi Varman on (August 11, 2014, 17:20 GMT) dear mate do not know what u try to prove.. if u compare with the numbers please check how many matches sri lanka got in outside of asia. normally sri lanka haven't much opportunities. so compare with real stats and compare proportionately. just to remember that sri lanka got only 2 test matches in 2014 and and sanga scour 3 fifties and one century in that tour.

  • on August 12, 2014, 3:27 GMT

    @sixfourout

    Check out Sangakkara's away test record in Australia before commenting

  • MelbourneMiracle on August 12, 2014, 3:21 GMT

    Rankings never matter...He's world's No.1 batsman ever to walk on this earth...Even Brandman would agree from heaven above...

  • on August 12, 2014, 3:21 GMT

    Fantastic batsman sanga now you should also retire in your best time with great image

  • vrn59 on August 12, 2014, 2:22 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs: Sangakkara has not been ranked No. 1 in 81 out of his 127 Tests. He has spent 671 days as No. 1 batsman, during which 81 Tests were played (not necessarily with him or Sri Lanka involved). This is a common measure to show that no batsman could better his efforts through a window of 81 Tests.

  • Sexysteven on August 12, 2014, 2:18 GMT

    Sanga keeps tuning out the runs it's no surprise to me his technique is pretty dam good he can handle any bowling on any pitch there's not many Asian players that are effective in all conditions that's what makes sanga great in my view the best Sri Lanka player ever and one of the best Asian players I have ever seen his ability to adapt to foreign conditions is my reason I rate sanga so highly and I'm going to make the most of his last few years he gas left and appreciate what a great player he is

  • on August 12, 2014, 1:50 GMT

    Ashwin must play at no 6 in batting..........

  • TRAM on August 12, 2014, 1:40 GMT

    People dont realize how other all rounders like Botham, Kapil etc have achieved. Very rarely they perform in both batting & bowling in the same match. It is not impossible but rare. That is because the pitch cant be both batsman friendly and bowler friendly simultaneously. So Ashwin did not take wkts in the only innings because he bowled on day 1 & 2 and that too only 14 overs in 4 spells. Even Murali did not fare well in Aus/Eng pitches. Philander never took wkts in non-swinging conditions. So please evaluate fairly.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on August 12, 2014, 0:03 GMT

    Sanga,a genuine modern great.Style,class,elegance,adaptability to all 3 forms and dazzling strokeplay.No wonder sits no.1 in rankings.What a playa!Easily the greatest player of subcont. of modern era.Top 5-1.Sanga,2.Inzi,3.Arvinda,4.Younus Khan,5.Sanath.

  • Ms.Cricket on August 11, 2014, 23:41 GMT

    What about the worst list/ Surely Sir Ravindra Jadeja would be ranked among the top there?

  • SixFourOut on August 11, 2014, 22:59 GMT

    I personally look at modern batting stats and take 15 runs off when comparing them with batsmen from the 80's and 90's.

    Nowadays there is are no Donald, Pollack, Walsh, Ambrose, Waqar, Wasim, McGrath, Lee, Ahktar.

    The only decent bowler around is Steyn. Mitchell Johnson at his best is good, but his record is decidedly average.

    When Sangakkara scores runs against South Africa and Australia in away conditions, then he has a claim, but for now he is a mighty sub continental player and that is all.

  • GermanPlayer on August 11, 2014, 22:57 GMT

    @Ahmad etian "Sachin holds all worthwhile records with the exception of biggest inn & fastest 100," Care to define worthwhile for us?

  • anand_ on August 11, 2014, 22:39 GMT

    Well People who are complaining about Ashwin's capabilities of picking up wickets outside sub continent need to understand that it totally depends on the way Dhoni uses him. So far he hasnt been used as an attacking weapon, even some one like a Moeen Ali is given much better field then Ashwin is. Ashwin's Batting is always a treat to watch. In his batting you get to see a lot of VVS.

  • on August 11, 2014, 21:25 GMT

    @Ahmad Uetian: The article is clearly about Test rankings. Every single time, Sachin fanatics when in discussion about a Test record or anything related to Tests bring his ODI stats to make their case. As far as ODI is concerned there is no contest but Sachin is far off when it comes to Tests. Anyone who is a cricket purist will agree the SMG was the best Test Bat that India has produced. When you play 200 Tests, all highest aggregates will be yours but what matters is the highest individual score and/or a triple ton will differentiate the super best with the rest. Another stat for you guys, Sachin's batting average based on innings played. 1st Innings: 65.98 2nd Innings: 55.26 3rd Innings: 46.81 4th Innings: 36.93

    Clearly when it comes to pressure and when it matters most Sachin has been above average.

    Sunil Gavaskar 1st Innings: 41.74 2nd Innings: 60.22 3rd Innings: 48.40 4th Innings: 58.25

    Sangakkara 1st Innings: 56.44 2nd Innings: 67.64 3rd Innings: 58.71 4th Innings: 45.60

  • Chris_P on August 11, 2014, 21:14 GMT

    Don 't think too many people will disagree, he & AB are the standouts for mine. The rankings reflect recent performances & are weighted to suggest so, they are not personal opinions but have actual facts installed in them to arrive at the tally. All in all, by far better than anyone's personal opinion.

  • thozar on August 11, 2014, 20:49 GMT

    Well said @Prabhakar Muthukrishnan. Sangakkara is a good player but a Tendulkar, he is not and will never be. Look beyond numbers people. You cannot just look at averages and say Sangakkara is better than Tendulkar. For starters, Tendulkar played 200 tests and was amazingly consistent in his long 24 year career. He had all the strokes in the book and more. He was a joy to watch. As good as Sangakkara is, he doesn't possess all the strokes in the book and is not as pleasing to watch as Tendulkar. Tendulkar can shift from aggressive to defensive easily all the while keeping the scoreboard ticking. Ask any great bowler who they fear bowling to and the name will always be Tendulkar.

  • on August 11, 2014, 20:23 GMT

    Dear fans you may like & respect your idols, but don't compare their abilities one to another. They are all greats. Talking & mere gossip is soooo easy, so be real human and praise them all for their achievements.

  • R.Kannan1981 on August 11, 2014, 20:07 GMT

    @ johnathonjosephs, if it helps, it is not 81 of his tests, 81 tests that played around the world in the 637 days period for which he spent as world number 1.

  • on August 11, 2014, 19:37 GMT

    Criteria for being g8

    1 Having high rate of getting man of the match (MOM) 2 High avg & high avg & SR in ODI 3 Balanced performance vs all oppositions esp superior performance vs stronger sides 4 Balanced record across all formats, home & away 5 Being big match player i.e superior performance in tournament finals & World Cups 6 Maintaining high standards over prolonged career 7 Holding records 8 Having flair

    Based on these criteria Sachin stands well above all as he wins MOM @rate 2nd only to Richards, have balanced record vs all opponents with superior record vs Aus with 9 ODI 100s & 7 test 100s, ODi avg 45 with 49 100s & test avg 53 with 51 test 100s, having tournament finals & WC avg of 50+ @ 90 SR. Has maintained this record over 24 yrs career with max ODI & test runs, obviously holds all worthwhile records with the exception of biggest inn & fastest 100, expert at all shots vs pace & spin & played them without any fuss..Sachin is followed by Richards, Ponting, Kallis, Lara Sanga

  • on August 11, 2014, 19:28 GMT

    Just shows the test cricket has declined over the years with Ashwin best allrounder as he can't even get in the Indian team outside of India ha ha , plus his bowling average outside of India is 70! Sorry I'm just under the illusion you had to actually playing. Surely Philander has to be the best as yes his bowling has been rubbish of late but his batting is doing enough to keep him in the side as he has got a few recent 50's.

  • samcric7 on August 11, 2014, 19:16 GMT

    @ Arun Mozhi Varman

    Nothing to take anything away from Sachin, though these stats Sachin's 6 double ton stats

    1 vs B'desh (away) 2 vs AUS (1 home 1 away) (not against Mcgrath or shane warne in BOTH) 1 vs NZ (home) 1 vs SL (away) not against Murali, 1 vs ZIM (home)

    Sachin scored this six double tons in exactly double ton (200) tests. No one has broken that record. not even Sir Don

  • johnathonjosephs on August 11, 2014, 19:11 GMT

    What??? 81 of his 127 tests he played, he has been ranked the number 1 Test Batsman? Somebody do some stat analysis on him. If that is true, that is amazing and unmatched

  • rkannancrown on August 11, 2014, 18:44 GMT

    Ashwin is no.1 allrounder but Dhoni bemoans the lack of an all rounder in the Indian team!

  • NANGAIRAJA on August 11, 2014, 18:33 GMT

    Congrats to Ashwin & Sanga on the Pivotal Roles in the recent test Matches..:) Best of Luck guys for your near future assignments !!Good Luck

  • NANGAIRAJA on August 11, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    Congrats to Ashwin & Sanga on their Pivotal Roles in the recent Test Matches been played..Ref., to Ashwins Innings in Eng are Superb!! And the sad part is that Ashwin has been ignored for the 3 tests prior. He should been taken instead of Jadeja. The Big question is,,still Jadeja survives as an All-Rounder..Dunno wats going on Dhonis' mind..Also regarding the Disaster in the Last test ,,,feel theres something lacking ..mainly the Confidence and Unity of the Team.Couldnt see the Round Gathering by Team India particularly on the Manchester Test...Feel theres something goin on among the Players Vs Captain.. Coz, only after the Lords' Test Theres something wrong happened for the Players who come down 3,4,5,..

  • mirandola on August 11, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    It is, of course, nonsense - comparisons are proverbially odious, and this is especially so when like is not being compared with like. It's much like the 'ICC ratings', where a bad match can drop you a couple of places whereas a mediocre team managing not to get beaten for a while can climb astonishingly. The whole ratings game is a daft sham, and no-one who seriously follows cricket gives it much credence. Sanga is a great batsman because he is patently a great batsman, you only have to watch him for half an hour, whether he makes 15 or 150 is quite immaterial.

  • Dhutugemunu on August 11, 2014, 18:12 GMT

    @ Arun Mozhi Varman;

    Sangakkara has played only 34 Tests away from the subcontinent. He has got 7 centuries in those matches. That's century per 4.85 matches. Not getting more matches away from subcontinent is not Sangakkara's problem.

    Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid, the other two great batsmen from the subcontinent, has played 77 and 69 Tests outside the subcontinent and scored 17 and 14 centuries respectively. That's century per 4.28 and 4.93 matches. Is Sangakkara's record worse with respect to them? No way. Just don't use numbers. Analyze them properly.

  • on August 11, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    @Roshan F- read @Arun Mozhi Varman's post and you will find out why Sanga , for all his tons of runs is not bracketed in the same category as a Lara or a Tendulkar. Even among the trimuverite of Lara, Tendulkar and Ponting, Sachin scores for one simple reason- his consistency in all test playing countries. Remember, Lara and Ponting ( even Sanga) have been miserable failures in India. Sachin however, has scored runs everywhere. In fact, he had 2 centuries against Australia, 1 against England and 1 against SA even before he was 20!!! Sanga has had 2 centuries scored in England in his whole career, he only recently scored his first century in SA and has only 1 century in Australia. But no denying the fact that he is Sri Lanka's greatest player, at par with Murali, for he is/was also a wicketkeeper.

  • Prabhash1985 on August 11, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    Congratulations Sanga... Our mother Sri Lanka is very proud of you!

  • thriyam_rav on August 11, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    Congrats Sanga and Ashwin !

    Lets hope atleast now Ashwin is preferred ahead of Jaddu.

  • on August 11, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    its sanga season now.who behind to challenge him.nooooo one

  • on August 11, 2014, 17:47 GMT

    sanga can play another 4 years. like misbah doing. misbah still playing both ODI and test cricket afer going past 40 and his performance is awesome.

  • AitheySavandi_MeeKharma on August 11, 2014, 17:28 GMT

    Legends making merry post True legendary era :)

  • on August 11, 2014, 17:28 GMT

    Best players of last 15 years :

    1. Sanga 2. Ponting 3. Lara

  • subcontinent-expert on August 11, 2014, 17:28 GMT

    If I m not wrong Sanga started cricket in the early 2000's and during these period there are only a handful of proper batsmen who succeeded in all formats Clarke,Cook,Amla to name a few...

    Sanga is the most complete batsmen currently and to me he is THE BEST BATSMAN EVER TO PLAY FOR SRILANKA....

  • on August 11, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    Nothing to take anything away from Sanga, though these stats

    Sanga's 10 double ton stats

    3 vs B'desh (2 home 1 away) 3 vs Pak (1 home 1 away 1 neutral) (post Akram,Waqar,Shoaib era were 2) 2 vs SA (home) 1 vs Zim (away) 1 vs India (home)

    22 Home centuries off his 37~ ( out of the other 15, he has scored 8 in Asia & Abu Dhabi).

  • on August 11, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    Kudos to Sangakkara on achieving another milestone and going on and on and on.. Surely the best batsman in present times and a run machine.Keep running Sanga!!

  • on August 11, 2014, 16:46 GMT

    Agreed - Sangakkara is the most deserving number one since Ponting and Lara. One of the modern greats and can easily be discussed in the same terms as the other top players of all time. If he plays for two more years he is likely to break all meaningful records.

  • RoshanF on August 11, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    Sangakkara has been simply magnificent and deserves the no. 1 accolade. He certainly is in the company of Lara and Tendulkar and as far as top batsmen of the past 25 years - perhaps a fraction ahead at this stage. His average is awesome. Tendulkar's would have been at that range had he chosen to retire circa 2011 when he was still in his prime (very late prime). The last three years cost him bad. As mentioned by someone else here, Sangakkara never got the recognition he deserves simply because Sri Lanka is not part of that lot who consider themselves 'elite'.

  • on August 11, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    Prince of Stylist, Amazing, Glorious and Accurate batting … one day you will compare with king Bradman…

  • Herath-UK on August 11, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    Congrats Sanga, you deserve it but don't hang up until you pass 50 Test centuries.

  • Mohammad-Ali on August 11, 2014, 16:00 GMT

    Congratulations Sanga, you deserved it well. Great Batsmen and a Gentleman. Hope you continue playing for at least next 3-4 years, and you will break all past records of other players. You are only great test batsmen after Bradman.

    BR

  • BradmanBestEver on August 11, 2014, 15:52 GMT

    Sanga is the best batsman of the past 25 years. Lara and Tendulkar equal second

  • on August 11, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    Congrats to Sanga. I share the view that Sanga & Mahela never got the accolades, at a global level, truly reflecting their outstanding performances.

  • tests_the_best on August 11, 2014, 15:31 GMT

    Ashwin's performance with the bat, especially overseas has become quite noticeable. I think there's enough merit that even if his contributions with the ball are negligible, he could be included as a pure batsman at no 6 position. He is definitely a better batsman than Jadeja and has better temperament than Rohit. Watching him get those runs in Aus and Old Trafford, one can clearly see his batting is not based on a slog style of play like Jadeja. Something for selectors to think about.

  • on August 11, 2014, 15:22 GMT

    Congratulation Sanga..

    You are my all time favourite player . You play according to the situation .

  • siddhartha87 on August 11, 2014, 15:14 GMT

    Ashwin all rounder number..lol. Biggest joke of the year

  • on August 11, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    congrats to sanga. great player and truly deserves this place. and ashwin. I think more than his bowling ashwin has great potential in batting.

  • Cricfever_PM on August 11, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    Finally some happy News for Indian Fans as Ashwin deserved it.

  • StatisticsRocks on August 11, 2014, 14:54 GMT

    Congratulations to Kumar. I have been fan of Sangakkara ever since he started playing cricket. I will always have Dravid and Kumar in my team over any other batsmen in the world. Not only is he a great talent, but he is a thorough gentleman and very well spoken as well. I hope Sangakkara breaks all the world records as no one else deserves it more than HIM. Salute from an Indian fan.

  • on August 11, 2014, 14:33 GMT

    Sangakkara has spent 81 Tests as the #1 batsman in the world. The stat speaks for itself. From 2006/07 onward Sanga has always been either number 1 or thereabouts in ICC rankings. He has scored runs with such consistency that you can argue he is having a perpetual 'purple patch'. He is the worlds best batsman and run machine in the recent years. He has scored on all kinds of pitches and against all kind of bowlers. Sanga masterclass !

  • india_boy33 on August 11, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    Ashwin no.1 all rounder!! What a joke. IMO Mitchell Johnson is the right contender for the no.1 all rounder's spot. BTW congratulations Sangakkara, you deserve no.1 ranking. You are best as Clarke & ABDV in current players list

  • testmatchonly on August 11, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    Ashwin's batting is highly under-rated, perhaps even by himself. Watching him defend against Moeen with impeccable footwork made my heart swell after being subjected to prolonged pain by other Indian 'batsmen'. This guy can better concentrate on batting and roll his arms part-time.

  • on August 11, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    I rate Sangakkara as World's Best Batsman who plays to Win matches for his country along with his team mates

  • MichaelBurton on August 11, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    All the rankings are ok except Ashwin.

  • Presynaras on August 11, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    To the ones questioning how Ashwin is No.1. Let's analyse the top three shall we? Philander, Shakib and Ashwin. Shakib hasn't played a Test match in a long while. Philander hasn't been at his best in recent times, having gotten very few wkts and gotten even fewer runs with the bat. Ashwin hasn't gotten a wkt in a while, but he had gotten on the top because of heaps of wkts in home conditions and some really good runs last year. The 86 he got in the last two innings he played, has helped him tip over a player who hasn't played a test and another who is going through a lean patch. As simple as that.

  • CricketPissek on August 11, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    He is a MACHINE. Congrats to Sanga. A true modern great.

  • jaguar7777 on August 11, 2014, 14:00 GMT

    kumar sangakara has surely lived up to his father's dream of becoming the best batsman in test cricket after the incomparable sir donald bradman. no batsman with 100 plus test matches has an average of 60+ and sanga certainly will be there soon i am sure. his commitment and consistency is second to none. i wish him the very best. he is a modest cricketing sensation to say the least. jithender mehra

  • Yasiransari on August 11, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    Murli can never be Shane Warne, Sanga can never be Lara....Run does not count, its the impact of that runs matter ...Only think I appreciate in Sanga is he score lots against Zim, Bangla, and in Sri lanka

  • on August 11, 2014, 13:44 GMT

    Congrats Sangakkara. 37 centuries and 10 of them over 200's is great. Only Don Bradman is ahead. I hope you overtake the great Don. Great Batsmen are not those who score runs, but those who win or save matches for their teams. You are one of them. Congrats once again.

  • vishwa1111 on August 11, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    Num 1 rank return to where it belongs forever.....Itz sanga & who else.........

  • Liyan_SLCT on August 11, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    How R. Ashwin Become a No 1 Test Allrounder? Without any wicket in the England match and only 40 runs? I cant understand how the ranks will be given? Other Ranks we can Accept? Here we have Question regarding this Rank? No.. 1 All rounder should be Mitchel Johnson or Philander???

  • on August 11, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    best of sanga, he is amazing, also mathews and herath

  • on August 11, 2014, 13:40 GMT

    that's a very good for sanga, he is a amezing batsman ever, also captain mathews is wonderful, i would think sanga, mathews and other players give wonderful gift of legend mahela for his retirement

  • on August 11, 2014, 13:39 GMT

    The master, back in his rightful place.

  • sriku_mallu on August 11, 2014, 13:33 GMT

    Yes best from Sri Lanka. Better than Mahela. Sanga's records, fighting spirit, & consistency are amazing. But come on, cant place him above Bradman,Sachin, Viv Richards, Lara etc.When some one is in top form going gaga & over the moon is not ok.

  • vaidy on August 11, 2014, 13:31 GMT

    I am an Indian and like Dravid, Dada and Tendulkar. But amongst all the hum drum of oohing and aahing over Tendulkar or Cook or Ponting, I personally think Sanga and Mahela have gotten the short shrift in terms of news inches. Sanga has been there, come rain, hail or shine and has always performed when SL needed him to - he is clearly one of the greatest batsmen of this generation, but funnily he is never spoken of in the same breathe as a Dravid or a KP or an Amla. Unfair.

    @Faraz28011992: Rankings are not simply determined based on one test performances. Of course, performance is the last test adds or subtracts points - which is why some move up and others move down. However, I do agree that Ashwin has to spin the ball in England, SA and Oz to become truly 'great' - something even Harbhajan managed in his hey days.

  • delimack on August 11, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    A great player who is a sportsman, a man who is not afraid to talk the truth and his batting talents. We are really proud of a true Sri Lankan - Hats of to you Sanga. On the same line i am sorry for Darkmanx's comments - India is getting hammered where are the kohli's pujara's and the dhoni's batting - abject failure. plus i always wondered about kohli's onfield antics.

  • David_Boon on August 11, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    Hard to argue with that, Sanga is a legend.

  • on August 11, 2014, 13:17 GMT

    Most perfect batsmen Iv'e ever seen.

  • Dayanperera on August 11, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    Sanga is surely underrated by the so called powerhouses. I hope that he will continue to play for SL for couple of years atleast if not more. His performance has overshadowed the no.5 in the ranking. Mathews is proving to be not only a great strength to our middle order but one of the best captains in the modern game.

  • Faraz28011992 on August 11, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    Really Ashwin World No 1 All rounder with Wicket less Test Match ??

  • nickexplore on August 11, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    Second only to Bradman. The numbers are astonishing. Only thing left for Sangakkara is to leapfrog Sutcliffe, Headley and Pollock (all with far fewer Tests) into second with an average of 61. The way he is going it is only a matter of time.

  • Balumekka on August 11, 2014, 12:51 GMT

    The most consistent test batsman for last 5-6 years, equally successful in fast bouncy tracts as well as turning subcontinental tracts, Sanga really deserves the no:1 spot, than anyone else.

  • drfarnsworth on August 11, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    Good on Sanga. He just keeps getting better, unlike most other batsmen who lose touch as they pass 35 years of age.

  • MA24 on August 11, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    Sanga is one of the Most talented player in this form of cricket.

  • on August 11, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    Congrats Sanga.Hope he will reach 60+ average soon.

  • Kotuwegogoda on August 11, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    Congratulations Sanga. This is your place. Retain the spot with performance and help Srilanka in the process to improve test ranking.

  • Darkmanx12155 on August 11, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    Its just a matter of time fellows. anyone can get to number 1 position but only great players can remain there for long. its just a matter of time before kohli, pujara or even dhoni gets to number 1 in all 3 formats.

  • THEBEAST7 on August 11, 2014, 12:16 GMT

    Great work from a great player. Congrats Sanga. I hope you will entertain us for at least 3 more years in test cricket with your elegant but powerful hits...

  • on August 11, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    The best batsman Sri lanka has ever produced. I rank him better than Sachin as well. becuase his runs most of times came in Sri Lankan team's wins.

  • Lion_Wallaby on August 11, 2014, 12:11 GMT

    King Sanga is at where he belongs!!! keep it up captain Matthews!

  • neo-galactico on August 11, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    Most in form batsmen in the world, congrats Sanga and Mathews.

  • landl47 on August 11, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    Sanga, Herath and Mahela are great players. As usual, they were the cornerstone of Sri Lanka's performance in the win over Pakistan. Sanga is not only one of the great batsmen in terms of statistics, but is a beautiful player to watch, elegant but powerful, seemingly with all the time in the world.

    Enjoy him while you can.

  • Dharaka on August 11, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    Certainly the best batsman after Bradman! Onwards and upwards Sanga!

  • Dharaka on August 11, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    Certainly the best batsman after Bradman! Onwards and upwards Sanga!

  • landl47 on August 11, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    Sanga, Herath and Mahela are great players. As usual, they were the cornerstone of Sri Lanka's performance in the win over Pakistan. Sanga is not only one of the great batsmen in terms of statistics, but is a beautiful player to watch, elegant but powerful, seemingly with all the time in the world.

    Enjoy him while you can.

  • neo-galactico on August 11, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    Most in form batsmen in the world, congrats Sanga and Mathews.

  • Lion_Wallaby on August 11, 2014, 12:11 GMT

    King Sanga is at where he belongs!!! keep it up captain Matthews!

  • on August 11, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    The best batsman Sri lanka has ever produced. I rank him better than Sachin as well. becuase his runs most of times came in Sri Lankan team's wins.

  • THEBEAST7 on August 11, 2014, 12:16 GMT

    Great work from a great player. Congrats Sanga. I hope you will entertain us for at least 3 more years in test cricket with your elegant but powerful hits...

  • Darkmanx12155 on August 11, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    Its just a matter of time fellows. anyone can get to number 1 position but only great players can remain there for long. its just a matter of time before kohli, pujara or even dhoni gets to number 1 in all 3 formats.

  • Kotuwegogoda on August 11, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    Congratulations Sanga. This is your place. Retain the spot with performance and help Srilanka in the process to improve test ranking.

  • on August 11, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    Congrats Sanga.Hope he will reach 60+ average soon.

  • MA24 on August 11, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    Sanga is one of the Most talented player in this form of cricket.