Thu, 05 Jul 2012 19:57:09 GMT | By IANS

Sangakkara reclaims top spot in Test rankings

Dubai: Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara has reclaimed the No.1 batting spot from the West Indies' Shivnarine Chanderpaul in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test Rankings.

Sangakkara reclaims top spot in Test rankings

Sangakkara struck a sublime 192 against Pakistan in the second Test that ended in a draw at the Singhalese Sports Club (SSC) in Colombo Wednesday.

Sangakkara, who entered the Test trailing Chanderpaul by six ratings points, earned 42 ratings points for his magnificent 192 that has put him 36 points clear of Chanderpaul and eight points short of once again returning to the 900 points mark.

The 900 points mark is an indication of Sangakkara's true quality as only 25 players (including Sangakkara) in Test history have got there.

Sangakkara's career-best 938 ratings points, which he achieved against England in Kandy in 2007, has already put him alongside Garry Sobers in sixth position on the ICC best-ever Test Championship Rating list.

The 34-year-old from Matale, who scored 199 and one in the Galle Test last week, has already collected 113 ratings points in two Tests and the form he is enjoying indicates that this tally will only rise. A repeat of the SSC Test performance in the third Test starting in Pallekele from Sunday will potentially help him move further up the order in the all-time ratings list.

Sangakkara's consistency for a prolonged period can be judged by the fact that he hasn't dropped outside the top 10 after entering the select group in July 2006.

Sangakkara, who first topped the batting chart in December 2007, last surged to the top of the table in November 2011 before slipping down the order earlier this March after managing scores of 0 and 14 against England in the Galle Test.

Apart from Sangakkara, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mohammad Hafeez and Azhar Ali also scored big hundreds and, as such, have made upward movements.

Dilshan scored 121 and added 225 runs for the second wicket with Sangakkara. For this effort, the opener has been rewarded with a jump of five places which puts him just outside the top 20 in 23rd position.

Pakistan's Ali stroked a superb 157 and featured in a 287-run second wicket partnership with opener Hafeez. This effort has earned Azhar 39 ratings points which lift him six places to 13th position.

Hafeez, who scored a brilliant 196, collected 44 ratings points and has moved up six places to 30th position.

There are no big movers inside the top 20 bowlers' rankings barring Pakistan's Abdul Rehman who has climbed two places to 11th following his five wickets in the second Test.

The list is headed by Dale Steyn of South Africa with Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal in second position. Sri Lanka's Rangana Herath is sitting in fourth place, 48 points behind the Pakistani and 20 points behind England's third-ranked James Anderson.

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