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Latest ICC Test Rankings: Virat Kohli breaks into top 10 as Kumar Sangakkara continues to lead

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8.73K   //    05 May 2015, 14:37 IST
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Kumar Sangakkara continues to lead the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen, with AB de Villiers just 1 point off the Sri Lankan legend.

Jermaine Blackwood is the biggest mover following scores of 85 and 47 not out which have helped him leap 31 places to a career-high 37th spot to date. Blackwood enjoyed a match-winning 108-run fifth wicket partnership with Darren Bravo whose second innings contribution of 82 has put him up three places to 29th.

Cook’s first innings score of 105 has promoted the England captain five places to 22nd, although there were declines for the likes of Joe Root (down two places to seventh), Gary Ballance (down two places to 19th), Ian Bell (down nine places to 30th) and Jonathan Trott (down six places to 47th).

Double-centurions from the Khulna Test between Bangladesh and Pakistan have made upward movements in the latest Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen, which were released today.

Tamim Iqbal, who scored a Test-best 206 and won the player of the match award, has gained eight places to join Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfraz Ahmed in 26th place (up by three places), while Mohammad Hafeez’s highest Test score of 224 has propelled him eight places to a career-high 34th to date.

Pakistan’s middle-order batsman Asad Shafiq has broken into the top 20 for the first time in his career after rising three places to 18th following his score of 82. Bangladesh opener Imrul Kayes is also on a charge, having rocketed 24 places to a career-best 67th to date after scores of 51 and 150, while Mominul Haque has also moved up two places to a career-high 23rd position following scores of 80 and 21.

Indian captain Virat Kohli has moved up to two places to break into the top 10 in the rankings.

Here are the top 10 ranked Test batsmen in the world:

Rank Batsman Country Points
1 Kumar Sangakkara Sri Lanka 909
2 AB de Villiers South Africa 908
3 Hashim Amla South Africa 891
4 Steven Smith Australia 873
5 Angelo Mathews Sri Lanka 841
6 Kane Williamson New Zealand 839
7 Joe Root England 824
8 Younis Khan  Pakistan 805
  David Warner Australia 805
10 Virat Kohli India 774
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