Kumar Sangakkara’s historic effort of 424 runs in the second and final Test in Chittagong against Bangladesh has seen him jump five places to second in the latest Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen.

Kumar Sangakkara hit a total 424 runs in the last Test match against Bangladesh to rank number 2 in test rating. Photo by Shiek Mohamed.

Sangakkara rewrote the history books with his knocks of 319 and 105 in either innings of the Chittagong Test. He became only the second player in history to score a triple hundred and hundred in the same Test. Overall, he became the fourth man in history to score 400 runs in one Test.

Sangakkara, named Player of the Match and Series, gained 58 ratings points for his effort. He is now three ratings points ahead of third-ranked Shivnarine Chanderpaul, and 33 behind number-one ranked AB de Villiers.

Meanwhile, Ross Taylor in fifth (down by two) and Cheteshwar Pujara in sixth (down by one) changed positions inside the top 10 at the end of the first Test in Auckland between India and New Zealand on Sunday.

New Zealand won the Auckland Test by 40 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the two-Test series and the side now has three batsmen inside the top 20.

Alongside Taylor, the latest entrants in the top 20 are Kane Williamson and Brendon McCullum, centurions in the Auckland Test. Williamson, who stroked 113 in the first innings, jumped four places to a career-high of 19th.

McCullum has jumped 15 places to return to the top 20 following his knock of 224, which also earned him the Player of the Match award. McCullum now sits in 20th place.

Meanwhile, New Zealand’s Trent Boult has risen three places to a career-best seventh in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers, following his match haul of six for 124. Boult’s pace partner, Tim Southee has made it to the top 10 for the first time in his career. Southee notched up six for 119 in the Test and now sits in 10th place on the table (up four places).

Also in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers, Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan has moved up one place to 20th, to return to the top 20 in the bowlers’ table.

Sri Lanka retains sixth place

Host Bangladesh held on for a draw in the second and final Test in Chittagong, but it was Sri Lanka who won the series 1-0 and held onto sixth place on the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings Table.

The 1-0 scoreline meant that Sri Lanka dropped one ratings points to finish on 89 in sixth place, two ahead of seventh-ranked West Indies, but 11 behind fifth-placed Pakistan. Bangladesh, on the other hand, gained one ratings points to remain in tenth place at 19.

Sixth-ranked Sri Lanka entered the series with 90 ratings points, leading tenth-ranked Bangladesh by 72 ratings points.

Sri Lanka had entered the final Test with a 1-0 lead, needing to win or draw to retain sixth place.  A loss would have meant that Sri Lanka slipped behind West Indies into seventh place on the Rankings table. Sri Lanka could have also slipped down further, to eighth place, if New Zealand had won both the Tests in its ongoing series against India. As a result of the Sri Lanka-Bangladesh series, New Zealand can at the most move up a place to seventh, while India is playing to retain its second position.

Forthcoming fixtures
New Zealand v India
14-18 February: Second Test, Wellington

South Africa v Australia
13-16 February: First Test, Centurion
20-24 February: Second Test, Port Elizabeth
1-5 March: Third Test, Cape Town

To find out exactly how the forthcoming series will affect the Rankings Table, please click here. The Test Ranking Table, unlike the ODI and T20I Rankings tables, are updated after every series.

Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings table (as on 8 February, after the Bangladesh v Sri Lanka series)

Rank    (+/-)       Team                          Rating      (+/-)
1                         South Africa               133
2                         India                           117
3                         Australia                     111
4                         England                      107
5                         Pakistan                      100
6          (-)           Sri Lanka                      89              (-1)
7                         West Indies                   87
8                         New Zealand                 82
9                          Zimbabwe                    34
10        (-)             Bangladesh                  19              (+1)

(Developed by David Kendix)

Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Tests (as on 9 February after the Bangladesh-Sri Lanka series and first New Zealand-India Test):

Batsmen

Rank     (+/-)       Player                 Team      Pts          Ave         HS Rating
1         ( – )        AB de Villiers     SA         912!      51.71    912 v Ind at Durban 2013
2         (+5)       K Sangakkara      SL          879        58.07    938 v Eng at Kandy 2007
3         (-1)        S.Chanderpaul     WI         876        51.93    901 v NZ at Napier 2008
4         ( – )        Hashim Amla      SA         868        51.34    907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013
5         (-2)        Ross Taylor         NZ         851        46.94    871 v WI at Hamilton 2013
6         (-1)        C Pujara               Ind         832*     62.07    851 v SA at Durban 2013
7         (-1)        Misbah-ul-Haq    Pak        824!      48.75    824 v SL at Sharjah 2014
8         ( – )        Michael Clarke    Aus        817        51.40    900 v SL at Melbourne 2012
9         ( – )        Graeme Smith     SA         785        49.56    843 v Eng at Johannesburg 2010
10        ( – )        Younus Khan       Pak        759        51.38    880 v SL at Lahore 2009
11        ( – )        Virat Kohli          Ind         738*     43.83    748 v SA at Johannesburg 2013
12        ( – )        Angelo Mathews SL          706        46.16    716 v Ban at Mirpur 2014
13        ( – )        M Jayawardena   SL          699        50.30    883 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2009
14        ( – )        Chris Rogers        Aus        694*!    40.42    694 v Eng at Sydney 2014
15        ( – )        David Warner      Aus        683        40.93    741 v Eng at Perth 2013
16        ( – )        Ian Bell                Eng        682        45.41    822 v Ind at The Oval 2011
17        ( – )        Alastair Cook      Eng        677        46.51    874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012
18        ( – )        Kevin Pietersen   Eng        674        47.28    909 v WI at Headingley 2007
19        (+4)       K Williamson      NZ         654!      36.73    654 v Ind at Auckland 2014
20        (+15)     B McCullum        NZ         650        36.36    673 v Pak at Hamilton 2011

Selected Rankings

Rank     (+/-)       Player                 Team     Pts          Ave      HS Rating
32        (+1)       Shakib Al Hasan  Ban        594        37.96    603 v WI at Khulna 2012
33        (-5)        MS Dhoni            Ind         592        38.51    662 v SA at Kolkata 2010
36=      (+4)       Mominul Haque  Ban        573*     75.50    584 v NZ at Mirpur 2013
(+6)       Rohit Sharma      Ind         573*!    60.57    573 v NZ at Auckland 2014
38        (-2)        Murali Vijay        Ind         558*     37.00    569 v SA at Durban 2013
41        (+3)       D Chandimal       SL          552*     51.47    571 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013
42        (-5)        M Rahim             Ban        551        32.43    584 v Eng at Chittagong 2010
43        (-4)        Tamim Iqbal        Ban        534        36.59    707 v Eng at Old Trafford 2010
45        ( – )        Nasir Hossain      Ban        510*     42.45    550 v NZ at Chittagong 2013
48        (-1)        BJ Watling          NZ         477*     33.37    509 v WI at Wellington 2013
51        (-3)        Kaushal Silva      SL          464*     38.00    491 v Ban at Mirpur 2014
58        (+32)     Shikhar Dhawan  Ind         433*!    48.22    433 v NZ at Auckland 2014
61        (-1)        Ajinkya Rahane   Ind         412*     37.28    424 v SA at Durban 2013
71        (-1)        Junaid Siddique   Ban        392*     26.18    501 v Eng at Lord’s 2010
74        (-13)      H Rutherford       NZ         382*     31.33    454 v Eng at Wellington 2013
78        (-5)        Peter Fulton         NZ         370*     28.00    413 v Eng at Auckland 2013
80        (-2)        D Karunaratne     SL          368*     30.21    379 v Ban at Mirpur 2014
81        (+21)     Corey Anderson  NZ         367*!    37.62    367 v Ind at Auckland 2014
86        ( – )        Mahmudullah      Ban        342*     27.96    445 v NZ at Hamilton 2010
98        (+4)       Tim Southee        NZ         298        18.88    304 v Eng at Headingley 2013

Bowlers

Rank     (+/-)       Player                  Team     Pts          Ave      HS Rating
1         ( – )        V Philander         SA         909        18.00    912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013
2         ( – )        Dale Steyn           SA         901        22.90    908 v Pak at Johannesburg 2013
3         ( – )        Ryan Harris         Aus        866*!    21.56    866 v Eng at Sydney 2014
4         ( – )        Saeed Ajmal        Pak        787        27.46    855 v Zim at Harare 2013
5         (+1)       Peter Siddle         Aus        779        28.68    816 v Eng at Old Trafford 2013
6         (-1)        Rangana Herath   SL          774        30.02    838 v NZ at Colombo (PSS) 2012
7         (+3)       Trent Boult          NZ         766*!    26.08    766 v Ind at Auckland 2014
8         (-1)        R Ashwin             Ind         752        28.50    808 v WI at Mumbai 2013
9         (-1)        M Johnson           Aus        743        28.33    825 v Eng at Cardiff 2009
10        (+4)       Tim Southee        NZ         741!      30.79    741 v Ind at Auckland 2014
11        (-2)        Pragyan Ojha       Ind         734        30.26    773 v Eng at Kolkata 2012
12        (-2)        Stuart Broad        Eng        729        30.31    783 v WI at Lord’s 2012
13        (-1)        Morne Morkel     SA         707        29.91    776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011
14        (-1)        Abdur Rehman    Pak        705*     27.75    739 v Eng at Dubai 2012
15        ( – )        James Anderson  Eng        683        30.67    813 v Ind at Edgbaston 2011
16        ( – )        Kemar Roach       WI         649*     27.71    712 v NZ at Kingston 2012
17        ( – )        Ben Hilfenhaus    Aus        627*     28.50    757 v WI at Port-of-Spain 2012
18        ( – )        Junaid Khan         Pak        623*!    29.07    623 v SL at Sharjah 2014
19        ( – )        Nathan Lyon        Aus        618        32.52    648 v Eng at Melbourne 2013
20=      (+1)       Shakib Al Hasan  Ban        613        33.36    680 v WI at Mirpur 2011
( – )        S Shillingford      WI         613*     32.32    652 v NZ at Dunedin 2013

Selected Rankings

Rank     (+/-)      Player                 Team     Pts          Ave        HS Rating
22        ( – )        Zaheer Khan        Ind         582        32.74    752 v SA at Durban 2010
24        (-1)        Ravindra Jadeja   Ind         544*     23.42    570 v SA at Durban 2013
25        (+6)       Ishant Sharma      Ind         539        37.63    671 v WI at Dominica 2011
28        (+13)     Neil Wagner        NZ         505*!    34.17    505 v Ind at Auckland 2014
35        (+5)       Ajantha Mendis   SL          436*     33.55    572 v Ban at Chittagong 2009
41        (+3)       M Shami              Ind         387*     27.47    415 v SA at Johannesburg 2013
42        (-3)        Sohag Gazi          Ban        386*     42.07    459 v NZ at Chittagong 2013
47        (-2)        Corey Anderson  NZ         340*     24.00    377 v WI at Hamilton 2013
52        ( – )        Suranga Lakmal  SL          321*     49.35    324 v Ban at Mirpur 2014
62        (+30)     Dilruwan Perera  SL          288*!    36.27    288 v Ban at Chittagong 2014
64        (+6)       Mahmudullah      Ban        258*     45.74    381 v WI at St George’s 2009
71        (-4)        K Williamson      NZ         233*     41.13    291 v Eng at Headingley 2013
89        (-3)        Abdur Razzak      Ban        159*     67.56    169 v NZ at Mirpur 2013
92        (+12)     Nasir Hossain      Ban        145*!    50.25    145 v SL at Chittagong 2014
96        (-7)        Ish Sodhi              NZ         129*     59.72    177 v WI at Dunedin 2013

All-rounders

Rank    (+/-)       Player                  Team     Pts          HS Rating
1         ( – )        R Ashwin             Ind         381*/    419 v WI at Mumbai 2013
2         ( – )        Shakib Al Hasan  Ban        364       404 v Pak at Mirpur 2011
3         ( – )        V Philander         SA         335*/ !  335 v Ind at Durban 2013
4         ( – )        Stuart Broad        Eng        291       382 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2012
5         ( – )        Shane Watson      Aus        260/*    394 v SA at Johannesburg 2011

Selected ranking

Rank    (+/-)         Player                 Team     Pts          HS Rating
7        (+2)       Tim Southee        NZ         221!      221 v Ind at Auckland 2014

* 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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