Indian captain Virat Kohli maintained his fifth spot in the latest ICC Test rankings released by the game’s apex body. In the rankings, which got updated on Wednesday, Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne closed the gap on a top-10 spot after winning the man of the series in his side’s victory against Sri Lanka. Karunaratne’s men won the second Test against Bangladesh by 209 runs to win the series, with the first resulting in a draw.
Dimuth Karunaratne struck 244 in the first Test, followed by 118 and 66 in the second to surge four slots to the 11th spot. The southpaw attained his career-best ranking of 6th back in August 2019 and is the top-ranked Test batsman from his side, with former captain Angelo Mathews next in line on the 24th position. Niroshan Dickwella surge four places up to 31, Oshada Fernando went up ten slots to 58th, and Lahiru Thirimane climbing 13th spots to 60th are the other Sri Lankan batsmen to advance.
Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal’s innings of 92 and 24 in the second Test have helped him gain three spots to reach to 27th position, while Mushfiqur Rahim and Mominul Haque have surged a place each to occupy the 21st and 30th positions, respectively. Pakistan seamer Hasan Ali profited well after his five-wicket haul in Harare against Zimbabwe in the first Test, jumping 15 spots to a career-best 20th position amongst bowlers.
Virat Kohli behind Kane Williamson, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, and Joe Root:
Indian skipper Virat Kohli remains fifth in the Test batting rankings behind Kane Williamson, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, and Joe Root. Williamson displaced Smith from the top of the table back in December and has retained his spot.