Sangakkara topples Sehwag to become number one
Aug 2, 2010 8:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara has claimed the top spot of the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen from India’s Virender Sehwag.
The 32-year-old’s contribution of 219 and 42 not out against India in the second Test at Colombo has seen him reclaim the top spot which he previously occupied in 2009. Sehwag has dropped to second after making 99 runs in the first innings but not batting in the second after the match ended a draw in Colombo on 30 July.
Meanwhile, India’s Sachin Tendulkar has climbed two places to take fourth position in the rankings after his impressive double century during the match.
Sangakkara’s team-mate Thilan Samaraweera has risen one place to 18th after scoring 76 not out and 10 not out, he has some work to do though if he is to climb back up to his previous highest ranking of 11th place.
England’s Andrew Strauss has just managed to break into the top 20 after captaining his side to victory in the team’s first Test against Pakistan that concluded today (1 August).
Strauss’s team-mate Paul Collingwood has leapt five places to sit in 22nd while vice-captain Alastair Cook has slipped five places to 30th sitting one below India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.