ICC news August 11, 2014

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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  • android_user 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!

  • Indian_Logic 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!!!!!!!!

  • android_user 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.