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Rangana Herath retires as the eighth ranked bowler in ICC’s latest Test rankings

Virat Kohli of India leads the batting chart.

Rangana Herath
Rangana Herath. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The 34th-ranked Masakadza becomes the longest-serving Test cricketer following Herath’s retirement; Taijul achieves career-high bowling ranking.

England and Zimbabwe cricketers have surged in the latest MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings, which were released on Saturday morning and incorporates player performances from the Galle and Sylhet Tests.

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The England duo of Keaton Jennings and Ben Foakes are the biggest gainers in the batting chart.

Jennings, who scored 46 and 146 not out in his side’s 211-run victory over Sri Lanka, has vaulted 41 places to claim 46th position, while Foakes has entered the rankings in 69th spot following his 107 and 37, that also earned him the Player of the Match award.

Sam Curran and Ben Stokes have also made upward movements among batters. Curran has moved up nine places to a career-high 35th position following his 48 in the first innings, while Stokes has moved up three places to 28th after scoring seven and 62.

In the bowling table, Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid have headed in the right direction. Ali’s eight for 137 in the match has moved him up four places to 27th, while Rashid’s three wickets have lifted him three places to 41st.

The biggest mover in the latest bowling table from the Galle Test was Dilruwan Perera, who has returned to the top-20 in 19th position after jumping five places following his figures of five for 75 and two for 94.

Sri Lanka’s left-arm spinner Rangana Herath has retired in eighth position after slipping one place. He took one for 78 and two for 59. Herath finished his career with 433 wickets in 93 Tests.

Big gains for Zimbabwe cricketers

A number of Zimbabwe cricketers, led by captain Hamilton Masakadza, have been rewarded for their outstanding performances in the Sylhet Test in which they beat Bangladesh by 151 runs.

Masakadza, who has now become the longest-serving Test cricketer with the retirement of Herath, scored 52 and 48 and, as such, he earned a gain of 12 places to claim 34th position in the batting table. Sean Williams, who was declared Player of the Match for his 88 and 20, has risen 17 places to 77th position. Peter Moor is the other notable mover, gaining six places to sit in 86th position following his contribution of 63 not out in the first innings.

In the bowlers’ list, fast bowler Kyle Jarvis has achieved a career-high ranking of 60th after his three wickets lifted him 13 places, while Sikandar Raza has gained five places and is now on a career-best 70th spot following his six wickets. Brandon Mavuta’s four wickets in the second innings have helped him enter the rankings in 81st position.

The only consolation for Bangladesh was the gains made by Taijul Islam, who has leaped five places to 31st position. Taijul had figures of six for 108 and five for 62.

Virat Kohli of India leads the batting chart, while England’s James Anderson is the number-one ranked Test bowler.

Here are the batsmen’s ranking

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points Avg Highest Rating
1 ( – ) Virat Kohli Ind 935 54.57 937 v Eng at Southampton 2018
2 ( – ) Steve Smith Aus 910 61.37 947 v SA at Durban 2018
3 ( – ) Kane Williamson NZ 847 50.35 893 v Aus at Perth 2015
4 ( – ) Joe Root Eng 808 50.53 917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015
5 ( – ) David Warner Aus 803 48.2 880 v NZ at Perth 2015
6 ( – ) C. Pujara Ind 765 49.54 888 v SL at Nagpur 2017
7 ( – ) D. Karunaratne SL 725 36.82 754 v SA at Colombo (SSC) 2018
8 (+1) Dean Elgar SA 724 41.05 784 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018
9 (-1) D. Chandimal SL 709 44.28 755 v Win at St Lucia 2018
10 ( – ) Aiden Markram SA 703* 47.27 759 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018

SELECTED RANKINGS

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points Avg Highest Rating
16 ( – ) Kusal Mendis SL 634 36.62 693 v Win at St Lucia 2018
21 (+2) Angelo Mathews SL 623 43.51 877 v NZ at Christchurch 2014
22 (-1) Jos Buttler Eng 615! 35.97 615 v SL at Galle 2018
28 (+3) Ben Stokes Eng 587 33.9 664 v Win at Lord’s 2017
31 (-3) Mushfiqur Rahim Ban 582 34.02 658 v Aus at Chittagong 2017
34 (+12) H. Masakadza Zim 568! 30.33 568 v Ban at Sylhet 2018
35 (+9) Sam Curran Eng 566*! 37.77 566 v SL at Galle 2018
43 (-5) N. Dickwella SL 533 30.46 576 v Ind at Kolkata 2017
44 (-9) Mominul Haque Ban 530 42.11 661 v Pak at Mirpur 2015
45 ( – ) Brendan Taylor Zim 523* 31.84 684 v Ban at Mirpur 2014
46 (+41) Keaton Jennings Eng 518*! 29.47 518 v SL at Galle 2018
47 ( – ) D. de Silva SL 512* 37 612 v Zim at Harare 2016
48 (-5) Moeen Ali Eng 508 31.53 655 v SA at Old Trafford 2017
51 (-3) Sikandar Raza Zim 503* 36.63 547 v Win at Bulawayo 2017
69 (NEW) Ben Foakes Eng 443*! 72 443 v SL at Galle 2018
74 (-10) Mahmudullah Ban 434 29.16 523 v SL at Chittagong 2018
77 (+17) Sean Williams Zim 429*! 29.38 429 v Ban at Sylhet 2018
81 (-4) D. Gunathilaka SL 410* 25.9 414 v SA at Colombo (SSC) 2018
82 (-3) Soumya Sarkar Ban 400* 29.36 489 v SL at Colombo (PSS) 2017
84 (-4) Kaushal Silva SL 392 29.01 638 v Pak at Colombo (PSS) 2015
86 (+6) Peter Moor Zim 390* 33.61 391 v Win at Bulawayo 2017
88 (-7) Liton Das Ban 389* 25.73 398 v Win at Jamaica 2018
91 (-3) Dilruwan Perera SL 364 20.86 388 v Pak at Dubai 2017
92 (-2) Regis Chakabva Zim 363* 27.75 418 v Ban at Chittagong 2014
95 (-2) Kusal Perera SL 343* 28.56 443 v Zim at Harare 2016
96 (NEW) Ariful Haque Ban 340*! 79 340 v Zim at Sylhet 2018

Here are the bowlers’ ranking

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points Avg Highest Rating
1 ( – ) James Anderson Eng 896 26.89 903 v Ind at Lord’s 2018
2 ( – ) Kagiso Rabada SA 882 21.71 902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018
3 ( – ) M. Abbas Pak 829*! 15.64 829 v Aus at Abu Dhabi 2018
4 ( – ) Vernon Philander SA 826 21.54 912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013
5 ( – ) Ravindra Jadeja Ind 812 23.5 899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017
6 ( – ) Trent Boult NZ 795 27.84 825 v Eng at Lord’s 2015
7 (+1) Pat Cummins Aus 784* 23.81 800 v SA at Johannesburg 2018
8 (-1) Rangana Herath SL 782 28.07 867 v Zim at Harare 2016
9 ( – ) R. Ashwin Ind 777 25.44 904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016
10 ( – ) Jason Holder Win 766*! 28.5 766 v Ind at Hyderabad 2018

Selected Rankings

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points Avg Highest Rating
19 (+5) Dilruwan Perera SL 658 32.36 674 v Zim at Harare 2016
27 (+4) Moeen Ali Eng 590 37.9 633 v Win at Edgbaston 2017
28 (-1) Ben Stokes Eng 581 33.29 596 v Win at Lord’s 2017
29 (-1) Suranga Lakmal SL 579 40.31 590 v SA at Galle 2018
31 (+5) Taijul Islam Ban 569*! 33 569 v Zim at Sylhet 2018
36 (-1) Mehedi Hasan Ban 516* 35.93 522 v Aus at Chittagong 2017
39 ( – ) Nuwan Pradeep SL 428* 42.9 501 v Ind at Galle 2017
41 (+3) Adil Rashid Eng 387*! 39.68 387 v SL at Galle 2018
42 ( – ) Lahiru Kumara SL 368* 36.87 379 v Win at Barbados 2018
43 ( – ) Kasun Rajitha SL 363* 14.54 374 v Win at Barbados 2018
50 ( – ) Sam Curran Eng 332* 23.78 342 v Ind at The Oval 2018
54 ( – ) L. Sandakan SL 316* 36.83 322 v SA at Galle 2018
56 (-15) Akila Dananjaya SL 305* 24.21 403 v SA at Colombo (SSC) 2018
60 (+13) Kyle Jarvis Zim 285* 30.05 401 v Ban at Harare 2013

Here are the all-rounders’ ranking

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points Highest Rating
1 ( – ) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 411 489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017
2 ( – ) Ravindra Jadeja Ind 400 438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017
3 ( – ) Jason Holder Win 380 /* 381 v Ind at Hyderabad 2018
4 ( – ) Vernon Philander SA 370 378 v SL at Galle 2018
   5= ( – ) R. Ashwin Ind 341 493 v Eng at Mohali 2016
(+1) Ben Stokes Eng 341 396 v Win at Lord’s 2017

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