ICC Test Rankings – Pat Cummins Bags Number One Rank, Kusal Perera Takes Giant Strides
Australia’s gun fast bowler Pat Cummins has taken the numero uno position in the latest ICC Test Rankings, displacing South Africa’s pacer Kagiso Rabada. In fact, Cummins who has bowled with fire in the recent past became the first Australian bowler after Glenn McGrath to top the ICC Test rankings. McGrath had reached the culmination of the rankings in 2006. Cummins now has 878 rating points and James Anderson is at second place with 862 points.
Meanwhile, Kagiso Rabada slipped to number three in the latest update of the rankings. Rabada could only manage three wickets in the two innings of the first Test match against Sri Lanka.
Perera had come up with a tour de force.
On the other hand, the first Test match hero Kusal Perera took a massive leap of 58 places to sit pretty at the 40th rank. The southpaw batsman brought out his piece de resistance as his undefeated knock of 153 runs helped the tourists to a thrilling one-wicket win over the Proteas.
It was an unbelievable knock from the left-hander as nobody gave Sri Lanka a chance when 78 runs were needed for the last wicket. However, Perera was able to take the visitors to a fantastic win.
South Africa’s captain Faf du Plessis made a jump of seven spots to get into the top 10 rankings. The right-hander who scored a good knock of 90 runs is now at the 10th place in the rankings table. Du Plessis shares the 10th rank with Sri Lankan skipper Dimuth Karunaratne. Aiden Markram shares the eighth rank with Quinton de Kock who had scored a fine knock of 80 and 55 in the first Test.
Dhananjaya de Silva made a significant rise in the ICC Test rankings as he gained seven places to perch at the 57th rank. Meanwhile, Hashim Amla was knocked out of the top 10 rankings to take the 13th rank after a flop show in the first Test match. Furthermore, Kusal Mendis slipped by five places to the 29th rank.
Duanne Olivier who had a stellar series against Pakistan moved by three places to take the 22nd rank. Vishwa Fernando who scalped two four-wicket hauls in Durban took big steps in the rankings. The southpaw seamer is now at the 49th place after ascending by 26 positions.
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