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It’s official, Sanga is world’s best

by Rex Clementine

The International Cricket Council announced yesterday Kumar Sangakkara as the world’s greatest batsmen after his Man of the Match performance against England at the Asgiriya International Cricket Stadium in Kandy. The left-hander was the star for the hosts top scoring with 92 and 152 and became the first batsman in the world to hit four successive scores of 150 plus.

While many tipped former star Aravinda de Silva and Sanath Jayasuriya as worlds’ best batsmen during the mid 1990s, there were no official recognition and this is the first time a Sri Lankan has reached the pinnacle.

"Kumar Sangakkara has become the first Sri Lanka player to top the LG ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen following yet another stellar performance for his country," ICC Media Spokesman James Fitzgerald in an e-mail message to world media stated yesterday.

Prior to the first Test in Kandy, Sangakkara was ranked behind Australian captain Ricky Ponting and South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis, but after his efforts at his old school ground the rankings put him ahead of both players. Sangakkara now has 938 ranking points while Ponting and Kallis have 936 and 935 respectively.

Since July 2006, Sangakkara has been in excellent form scoring over 1500 runs in just nine Test Matches at an amazing average of 157:90 with seven hundreds. Of those seven hundreds, six have been scores of over 150 with three double hundreds and he ran out of partners and was not out on the only occasion he failed to get to 150.

Off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan tops the ODI Player Rankings and this is the first time two Sri Lankans have topped the batters and bowlers rankings. Muralitharan has 910 ranking points while Makhaya Ntini is a distance second with 808 points.

In a recent interview with this paper, Sangakkkara said that a stint of county cricket helped him to improve his cricket immensely. Sangakkara represented Warwickshire, the county for another class left-hander Brian Charles Lara, this summer.

ICC also maintains an all time list of best batsmen and Sangakkara is ranked at number six alongside legendary West Indies players Sir. Clyde Walcott, Sir Viv Richards and Sir Garfield Sobers, not a bad company to be in. However, he’s a long way off to catch the best batsman in the rankings, the one and only Sir Don Bradman, who has 961 ranking points.

Sangakkara has excelled both home and away since late as he scored an unbeaten hundred and a match winning 156 against New Zealand in Christchurch and Wellington last year and then scored 52 and 192 In Hobart against Australia after missing the first Test in Brisbane with injury.

In the list of best all-rounders, Sri Lanka’s Chaminda Vaas is ranked number five behind Kallis, Andrew Flintoff, Shaun Pollock and Daniel Vettori.

ICC Test batsmen rankings after the

first Test between Sri Lanka and England

Rank Player Team Points Ave

1 K.C.Sangakkara SL 938 57.00

2 Ricky Ponting Aus 936 59.42

3 Jacques Kallis SA 935 58.20

4 Mhd Yousuf Pak 885 55.66

5 Mike Hussey Aus 874 86.18

6 Kevin Pietersen Eng 848 51.70

7 Yunus Khan Pak 816 49.33

8 Matthew Hayden Aus 803 52.56

9 S.Chanderpaul WI 762 46.63

10 Michael Clarke Aus 751 46.70

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December 7, 2007 - Posted by | Sri Lanka Cricket

1 Comment »

  1. Congratulations Sanga. You rock man. It was a gem of an innings. Keep it up.

    Comment by Indian Premier League | February 2, 2008 | Reply


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