ICC Test Rankings: Karunaratne, Latham move up; Afridi breaks into top-5
Sri Lanka Test captain Dimuth Karunaratne has returned to the top 10 in the latest released Test Player Rankings by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday.
Karunaratne who is currently the seventh in the Test batting ranking, was named ‘Player of the Match’ in the opening Test against West Indies in Galle, thanks to his scintillating batting. The Lankan skipper had scores of 147 and 83 in the match, which helped him jump four places to seventh, just one below his career-best sixth spot accomplished in August 2019.
Apart from Karunaratne, New Zealand opener Tom Latham has also joined the top-10 batters rankings after hitting half-centuries in both innings (95 and 52) of the recently concluded first Test to save a crucial draw for the Blackcaps against India in Kanpur.
Australian star Steve Smith has gained one place to acquire the second position by replacing Kane Williamson in the batters rankings headed by England Test captain Joe Root. Indian stars Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have retained their fifth and sixth slots, respectively.
Pakistan skipper Babar Azam has slipped one spot to reach the eighth place, while Aussie opening batter David Warner has lost two positions to tenth.
Among the bowlers, Pakistan speedster Shaheen Afridi has gained three spots to reach his career-best fifth position.
Afridi was a star with the ball in the recently concluded first Test against Bangladesh. The left-arm pacer picked up seven wickets in the match that the visiting side won by eight wickets.
Similarly, New Zealand all-rounder Kyle Jamieson has entered the top-10 after taking a three-wicket haul against India in the Kanpur Test. Jamieson jumped six places to acquire the ninth spot in the bowlers’ rankings headed by Pat Cummins.
Indian star Ravichandran Ashwin, who took six wickets in the Kanpur Test to go past Harbhajan Singh to become India’s 3rd highest wicket-taker in red-ball format, retained his second spot.