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Perera advances 58 places after monumental effort

Kusal Perera
Sri Lanka batsman Kusal Perera has advanced an astonishing 58 places in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings after a memorable performance helped his team score a thrilling one-wicket victory over South Africa.

• Cummins becomes first Australia bowler since McGrath to reach top spot in Test rankings

• Du Plessis in top 10 for the first time, Vishwa Fernando, Rajitha others to move up

Sri Lanka batsman Kusal Perera has advanced an astonishing 58 places in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings after a memorable performance helped his team score a thrilling one-wicket victory over South Africa in Durban.

Perera’s gain is one of many from the first of two Tests between the two teams, even as Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins has overtaken Kagiso Rabada to take the top spot among bowlers without taking the field as the South Africa fast bowler finished with only three wickets in the match. Cummins is the first from his country since Glenn McGarth in February 2006 to top the Test bowlers’ list.

The left-handed Perera has reached a career-best 40th position after 15 Tests, scoring 51 and an unbeaten 153 that guided his team to an improbable win, partnering in the highest ever unbroken 10th wicket stand in a winning cause in first-class cricket. He added 78 runs for the last wicket with Vishwa Fernando (six not out) to beat an 83-year record set by the Australians against Madras in February 1936.

Left-arm fast bowler Vishwa Fernando has moved up 26 places to a career-best 49th place after finishing with eight wickets in the match while Kasun Rajitha (up 10 places to 59th) and Lasith Embuldeniya (at 68th place after his debut match) are the notable gainers in the list for bowlers.

For South Africa, captain Faf du Plessis is among the top 10 batsmen for the first time in his career after scores of 35 and 90 helped him gain seven slots to reach join-10th position along with his counterpart Dimuth Karunaratne.

Quinton de Kock is also in that list, gaining four slots to reach eighth position and closing in on his career-best sixth position, which he had occupied two years ago. Fast bowler Duanne Olivier has continued his upward trend to reach a career-best 22nd position after advancing three slots.

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 17 February, after the Durban Test)

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Pts

Avge

Highest Rating

1

( - )

Virat Kohli

India

922

53.76

937 v Eng at Southampton 2018

2

( - )

K. Williamson

NZ

897

51.44

915 v SL at Wellington 2018

3

( - )

C. Pujara

India

881

51.18

888 v SL at Nagpur 2017

4

( - )

Steve Smith

Aus

857

61.37

947 v SA at Durban 2018

5=

( - )

Joe Root

Eng

763

49.51

917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

 

( - )

Henry Nicholls

NZ

763*!

43.54

763 v SL at Christchurch 2018

7

( - )

David Warner

Aus

756

48.20

880 v NZ at Perth 2015

8=

(+4)

Q. de Kock

SA

710

39.16

802 v NZ at Hamilton 2017

 

( - )

A. Markram

SA

710*

44.13

759 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018

10=

(+1)

D. Karunaratne

SL

688

36.37

754 v SA at Colombo (SSC) 2018

 

(+7)

Faf du Plessis

SA

688

42.56

734 v India at Centurion 2018 

 

Other selected rankings

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Pts

Avge

Highest Rating

27

(+1)

D. Chandimal

SL

609

41.86

755 v Win at St Lucia 2018

40

(+58)

Kusal Perera

SL

556*!

35.60

556 v SA at Durban 2019

57

(+6)

D. de Silva

SL

501

32.80

612 v Zim at Harare 2016

100

(NEW)

O. Fernando

SL

326*!

28.00

326 v SA at Durban 2019

 

Bowlers (top 10)

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Pts

Avge

Highest Rating

1

(+1)

P. Cummins

Aus

878*!

22.02

878 v SL at Canberra 2019

2

(+1)

J. Anderson

Eng

862

26.93

903 v India at Lord's 2018

3

(-2)

K. Rabada

SA

849

21.88

902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018

4

( - )

V. Philander

SA

821

21.64

912 v India at Johannesburg 2013

5

( - )

R. Jadeja

India

794

23.68

899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017

6

( - )

Trent Boult

NZ

771

27.90

825 v Eng at Lord's 2015

7=

( - )

Jason Holder

Win

770*

27.69

778 v Eng at Antigua 2019

 

( - )

M. Abbas

Pak

770*

18.86

838 v NZ at Abu Dhabi 2018

9

( - )

Tim Southee

NZ

767

29.93

799 v Win at Jamaica 2014

10

( - )

R. Ashwin

India

763

25.43

904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016

 

Other selected rankings

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Pts

Avge

Highest Rating

22=

(+3)

D. Olivier

SA

666*!

18.56

666 v SL at Durban 2019

49

(+26)

V. Fernando

SL

361*!

27.00

361 v SA at Durban 2019

59=

(+10)

Kasun Rajitha

SL

259*

32.94

374 v Win at Barbados 2018

68

(NEW)

L. Embuldeniya

SL

217*!

19.50

217 v SA at Durban 2019

 

All-rounders (top five)

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Pts

Highest Rating

1

( - )

Jason Holder

Win

439/*

448 v Eng at Antigua 2019

2

( - )

S. Al Hasan

Ban

415

489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017

3

( - )

R. Jadeja

India

387

438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017

4

( - )

Ben Stokes

Eng

357

395 v Win at Lord's 2017

5

( - )

V. Philander

SA

332

377 v SL at Galle 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
 
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