ICC Test Rankings: Liton, Mathews move up; Kohli, Rohit, Ashwin maintain top-10 positions

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Bangladesh batter Liton Das and Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews made valuable gains after fine performances in the drawn first match of their ICC World Test Championship series while Indian players maintained their top-10 positions in the latest ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings, released on Wednesday.

The first Test between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka that ended in a stalemate saw both sides score heavily in the three innings. The game saw three hundreds and six fifties scored, which reflected in the ICC Player Rankings.

However, there were no changes in the top 10 across departments. As a result, India captain Rohit Sharma and his predecessor Virat Kohli remained static at eighth and 10th place respectively in the batting list. On the other hand, Ravichandran Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah are at second and third spot in bowling chart while Ravindra Jadeja also remained on top of the all-rounders’ table.

Meanwhile, wicketkeeper-batter Liton has moved up three places to 17th position after notching 88 in Bangladesh’s only innings, while Mathews’s knock of 199 in the first innings has lifted him five places to 21st among batters in the list led by Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne.

Mushfiqur Rahim and Tamim Iqbal are other Bangladesh batters to advance in the latest weekly rankings update after scoring centuries that took Bangladesh to a total of 465. Mushfiqur, who notched 105, is up four places to 25th, while Tamim has gained six places to reach 27th position following his innings of 133.

Sri Lanka middle-order batters Kusal Mendis (up four places to 49th) and Dinesh Chandimal (up six places to 53rd) have also gained following useful knocks in both innings, an ICC statement said.

In the rankings for bowlers, Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has inched up one place to 29th after finishing with four wickets in the match, while off-spinner Nayeem Hasan’s career-best figures of six for 105 in the first innings see him progress nine places to 53rd.

Sri Lanka medium-fast bowler Kasun Rajitha has moved from 75th to 61st after taking four wickets and Asitha Fernando is now in the top 100 of the list led by Australia captain Pat Cummins.

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