Left-handed opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne, who was one of the stars for Sri Lanka in the recently concluded Test series against South Africa, has jumped to the seventh spot in ICC Test Rankings for batsmen. Karunaratne had scores of 158*, 60, 53 and 85 in the two-match series which Sri Lanka won comfortably by 2-0. Karunaratne, who aggregated 356 runs in the series has helped him to amass career-high 754 points in the ICC points table for batsmen.
With regular skipper Dinesh Chandimal who missed the series owing to suspension, at No.8, Sri Lanka now have two batsmen in the top 10. Other gainers in the Lankan camp were Danushka Gunathilaka, up 36 spots to No. 73, and Akila Dananjaya, the off-spinner, whose seven wickets vaulted him up 16 places to No.39 among bowlers and up 25 to No.46 among all-rounders.
Proteas, on the other hand, had a horrendous time in the Indian-subcontinent and their inability to come to terms with the conditions is reflected in the changes in rankings.
Kagiso Rabada lost the numero uno spot on the bowling table to England’s James Anderson. Dale Steyn, who had made the top spot his for years, is still waiting for the one wicket that will make him South Africa’s leading wicket-taker and slipped by four to No.24.
Openers Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram have slipped to the edge of the top 10, while Hashim Amla is down three to No.14.
Only two Proteas players have gained something out of this series. Left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj, who picked a total of 16 wickets in the series, jumped five places into the top-20, settling at No. 18. Theunis de Bruyn who scored a brilliant hundred in the second innings of the second Test went to No.105.