Karunaratne achieve career-high ranking

15 July 2018
 ICC Media Release
Sri Lanka’s Dimuth Karunaratne and Jason Holder of the West Indies have achieved career-high positions in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings after inspiring their sides to impressive victories in the Galle and Jamaica Tests, respectively, which concluded on Saturday.
 
Karunaratne, the 30-year-old left-handed opener, has been rewarded for his knocks of 158 not out and 60 in Sri Lanka’s 278-run victory over South Africa with a leap of 21 places that has put him in 10th position among batsmen, while Holder’s figures of five for 44 and six for 59 in his side’s 166-run victory over Bangladesh moved him up nine places to 13th in the latest rankings, which were released on Sunday morning.
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Karunaratne is now his side’s second-highest-ranked batsman behind Dinesh Chandimal (ninth), while Holder is also his side’s second-highest-ranked bowler behind Shannon Gabriel, who is now in 11thposition. With Chandimal not available for the Colombo Test, Karunaratne has an opportunity to become his country’s highest-ranked batsman, provided he performs strongly.
 
From the Galle Test against the second-ranked side in the world, Karunaratne has collected 128 points and he now trails Chandimal by 20 points, while Holder’s efforts in Jamaica have earned him 98 points, which means he is now 11 points behind 12th– ranked England fast bowler Stuart Broad and 26 points behind Gabriel.
 
Other batsmen to make major upward movements from the just-concluded Tests include Kraigg Brathwaite (13th, up by three places) and Shakib Al Hasan (22nd, up by two places), while bowlers to head in the right direction are Rangana Herath (eighth, up by two places), Dilruwan Perera (25th, up by seven places) and Mehedi Hasan (33rd, up by three places).
 
The only change of note in the leading all-rounders’ list is the breaking of Holder into the top five in fifth position for the first time in his career.
 
Steve Smith of Australia, South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada and Shakib are the top-ranked batsman, bowler and all-rounder, respectively.
 
Meanwhile, the West Indies’ 2-0 series win have earned them five points, while Bangladesh have conceded eight points. This 13-point swing means the two sides have swapped places in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings.
 
The West Indies have moved to eighth position, while Bangladesh have slipped to ninth with 10 points now separating the two sides.
 
As the Test team rankings are updated following the conclusion of a series, these will now be updated after the end of Sri Lanka versus South Africa series. If South Africa win in Colombo, then they will finish on 110 points (down by two) and Sri Lanka will end on 93 points (up by two points).
 
In contrast, if Sri Lanka win the series 2-0, then they will join England on 97 points but will be ranked below Joe Root’s side by a fraction of a point, while South Africa will join Australia on 106 points but will be ranked ahead of Tim Paine’s side when the rankings are calculated beyond the decimal points.
 
MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings (as on 15 July, following the conclusion of West Indies v Bangladesh series):
 
Rank    Team               Points
1.     India                 125
2.     South Africa      112
3.     Australia           106
4.     New Zealand     102
5.     England            97
6.     Sri Lanka          91
7.     Pakistan           88
8.     West Indies      77 (+5)
9.     Bangladesh      67 (-8)
10.  Zimbabwe         02
Also played:
 
Ireland – 1 match, 0 points
Afghanistan – 1 match, 0 points
 
(Developed by David Kendix)
 
MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 15 July, following the conclusion of Galle and Jamaica Test):
 
BATSMEN (top 20)
 
Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Points    Avge      Highest Rating
   1          ( – )         Steve Smith          Aus         929         61.37     947 v SA at Durban 2018
   2          ( – )         Virat Kohli             Ind          903         53.40     912 v SA at Johannesburg 2018
   3          ( – )         Joe Root               Eng         855         52.28     917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015
   4          ( – )         Kane Williamson   NZ          847         50.35     893 v Aus at Perth 2015
   5          ( – )         David Warner       Aus         820         48.20     880 v NZ at Perth 2015
   6          ( – )         C. Pujara               Ind          799         50.34     888 v SL at Nagpur 2017
   7          (+1)        Aiden Markram    SA          750*       50.95     759 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018
   8          (-1)         Dean Elgar            SA          746         41.63     784 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018
   9          ( – )         D. Chandimal        SL           740         44.96     755 v Win at St Lucia 2018
  10         (+21)      D. Karunaratne     SL           720!       36.60     720 v SA at Galle 2018
  11=       (-1)         Hashim Amla        SA          697         47.60     907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013
               ( – )         Ross Taylor          NZ          697         47.22     871 v Win at Hamilton 2013
  13         (+3)        Kraigg Brathwaite Win         695         37.94     701 v Eng at Headingley 2017
  14         (-2)         Alastair Cook        Eng         686         45.65     874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012
  15         ( – )         Azhar Ali               Pak         672         44.84     787 v Aus at Melbourne 2016
  16=       ( – )         Jonny Bairstow     Eng         670         38.40     772 v SA at Old Trafford 2017
               (-2)         Faf du Plessis       SA          670         42.72     734 v Ind at Centurion 2018
  18         ( – )         Lokesh Rahul       Ind          661*       40.86     761 v SL at Pallekele 2017
  19         (-7)         Kusal Mendis        SL           660         37.42     693 v Win at St Lucia 2018
  20         (-1)         Ajinkya Rahane    Ind          645         43.17     825 v NZ at Indore 2016
 
BOWLERS (top 20)
 
Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Points    Avge      Highest Rating
   1          ( – )         Kagiso Rabada     SA          899         21.21     902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018
   2          ( – )         James Anderson   Eng         892         27.23     896 v Win at Lord’s 2017
   3          ( – )         Ravindra Jadeja   Ind          866         23.11     899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017
   4          ( – )         Vernon Philander  SA          834         21.54     912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013
   5          ( – )         R. Ashwin              Ind          811         25.34     904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016
   6          ( – )         Pat Cummins        Aus         800*!      23.81     800 v SA at Johannesburg 2018
   7          ( – )         Trent Boult            NZ          795         27.84     825 v Eng at Lord’s 2015
   8=        (+2)        Rangana Herath   SL           765         28.11     867 v Zim at Harare 2016
               ( – )         Neil Wagner          NZ          765         28.26     785 v Win at Wellington 2017
  10         (-1)         Josh Hazlewood   Aus         759         26.84     863 v Ind at Bengaluru 2017
  11         (-1)         Shannon Gabriel  Win         757!       29.57     757 v Ban at Jamaica 2018
  12         ( – )         Stuart Broad         Eng         742         28.89     880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016
  13         (+9)        Jason Holder        Win         731*!      29.35     731 v Ban at Jamaica 2018
  14=       (-1)         Tim Southee         NZ          720         30.82     799 v Win at Jamaica 2014
               (-1)         Mitchell Starc        Aus         720         28.17     805 v SA at Durban 2018
  16         (-1)         Nathan Lyon         Aus         710         32.21     774 v Eng at Adelaide 2017
  17         (-1)         M. Shami              Ind          696         28.90     703 v SA at Johannesburg 2018
  18         ( – )         Yasir Shah            Pak         683         29.44     878 v Eng at Lord’s 2016
  19         (-2)         Dale Steyn            SA          671         22.42     909 v Win at Centurion 2014
  20         (-1)         Kemar Roach       Win         667         28.31     774 v SA at Centurion 2014
 
ALL-ROUNDERS (top five)
 
Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Points    Highest Rating
   1          ( – )         Shakib Al Hasan   Ban         420        489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017
   2          ( – )         Ravindra Jadeja   Ind          394        438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017
   3          ( – )         Vernon Philander  SA          378        379 v SL at Galle 2018
   4          ( – )         R. Ashwin              Ind          365        493 v Eng at Mohali 2016
   5          (+1)        Jason Holder        Win         354 /*    355 v Ban at Jamaica 2018
 
*indicates provisional rating; a batsman qualifies for a full rating after playing 40 Test innings; a bowler qualifies for a full rating when he reaches 100 Test wickets.
! indicates career-highest rating