Perera jumps 22 places in ICC batsmen’s rankings

Lockie Ferguson, Ish Sodhi and Thisara Perera were the big movers in the latest MRF Tyres ICC ODI Rankings.

Perera jumped 22 places in the batsmen’s rankings, and sat at No.65 with a career-best tally of 509 points, after amassing 240 runs in the three ODIs against New Zealand, including a riveting knock of 140 in just 74 deliveries in the second ODI in Mount Maunganui.

Among the bowlers, both Sodhi and Ferguson were level on the 31st position. Sodhi claimed eight wickets in the series, and jumped 26 spots reach No.31. Meanwhile, Ferguson, the fast bowler, picked up six wickets in two innings to rise 12 spots.

Other bowlers who made significant gains included Lasith Malinga, the veteran Sri Lanka fast bowler, at No.46 (up three places) and Lakshan Sandakan, the left-arm wrist-spinner, at No. 124 (up 14 places).

Despite the series win, it wasn’t all good news for Kane Williamson, the New Zealand captain. He tallied 132 runs in three innings, including two half-centuries, but it wasn’t enough to keep him in the top 10 of the batsmen’s rankings, with South Africa’s Quinton de Kock taking his place at No.10.

Danushka Gunathilaka was a significant gainer, though, rising 11 places to No.82 in the batters’ rankings after scores of 43, 71 and 31.

The rest of the batsmen in the top ten stayed put, with the Indian duo of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma leading the line.

Trent Boult dropped two places in the bowlers’ rankings after picking up just three wickets in two ODIs, with Mujeeb Ur Rahman, the Afghanistan spinner, and Josh Hazlewood, the Australian fast bowler, leapfrogging him.

Among the all-rounders, Sodhi was the biggest gainer, rising 23 spots to No.85. Perera jumped six places to enter the top 25 at No.23, while Sandakan rose to No.127 (up 11 places).


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