ICC Test Rankings: Litton Das scripts history; Mushfiqur moves up
Senior Bangladeshi batters Mushfiqur Rahim and Litton Das have made significant gains in the latest ICC Test Rankings. The duo had scintillating returns in the concluded two-match Test series against Sri Lanka. Litton now has the highest rating points by a Bangladeshi batter in Test cricket (724). Meanwhile, veteran Angelo Mathews too rose in the rankings. Here are more details.
Litton rose by five positions to be ranked 12th. He holds the highest rating by a Bangladeshi batter in Tests (724). He racked up 281 runs that comprised two hundreds. Meanwhile, Mushfiqur became the first Bangladeshi batter to have scored over 5,000 Test runs (5,235). He pummelled the second-most runs in the series (303). He now ranks joint 17th, having leapfrogged eight positions.
Mathews was the highest run-getter in the series, amassing 344 runs at 172.00. Not to forget, he clocked two hundreds in the same. He gained six spots to be ranked joint-15th. Meanwhile, Dinesh Chandimal witnessed a rise by nine positions to be seated 44th. The middle-order batter had slammed 229 runs at 114.50, including a 199-run stand alongside Mathews in Dhaka.
Australia's Marnus Labuschagne (892) continues to dominate the Test Rankings. He is followed by fellow Australian Steven Smith (845) and NZ's Kane Williamson (844). Joe Root (843), Babar Azam (815), and Sri Lankan skipper Dimuth Karunaratne (772) fill the next three spots. Usman Khawaja (757) and Rohit Sharma (754) are seated seventh and eighth. Travis Head (744) and Virat Kohli (742) follow suit.
Sri Lankan quick Asitha Fernando has made an enthralling rise in the Bowling Rankings, gaining 44 positions to be ranked 52nd. He had pocketed 13 scalps in two Tests versus Bangladesh, including a Player of the Match award in the series decider. Meanwhile, Kasun Rajitha claimed 11 wickets in one Test, averaging a mere 14.91. He rose by 17 positions to be ranked 44th.
Pat Cummins (901) stays put as the number one bowler in ICC Men's Test Rankings. India's Ravichandran Ashwin (850) and Jasprit Bumrah (830) trail at the second and third spots, respectively. Shaheen Afridi (827), Kyle Jamieson (820), and Kagiso Rabada (818) follow suit. Tim Southee (790) and Neil Wagner (777) are seated seventh and eighth, followed by James Anderson (765) and Josh Hazlewood (752).