ICC news July 19, 2017

Herath leapfrogs Ashwin to second place

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Quick Facts - The rise and rise of Herath

Rangana Herath has leapfrogged R Ashwin to be ranked as the No. 2 bowler in Tests, following his match haul of 11 wickets against Zimbabwe in the one-off Test at Khettarama.

Herath claimed his eighth ten-wicket haul and also passed the tallies of Waqar Younis (373), Malcolm Marshall (376) and Ian Botham (383) in Colombo. All of that contributed to Sri Lanka achieving the highest successful chase in Asia, beating Zimbabwe by four wickets.

Ashwin, as a result, moved down to third place while James Anderson, who took seven wickets in the Trent Bridge Test, climbed one place to be tied with Josh Hazlewood on fourth.

Hashim Amla, who made fifties in each innings in Trent Bridge, returned to the top ten rankings for Test batsmen. He moved six spots up to seventh. Craig Ervine and Sikandar Raza, who struck centuries in the Khettarama Test, were also major gainers, achieving career-best rankings. Ervine moved up 20 places to 40th while Raza vaulted 28 places to 48th.

Vernon Philander continued his steady rise towards the top in the allrounders' rankings. Philander's Man-of-the-Match performance at Trent Bridge - he scored 96 runs and took five wickets - saw him rise two places to break into the top five. He also moved to ninth in the bowlers' rankings.

Other significant movers were Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer, whose nine wickets against Sri Lanka helped him gain 20 places to a career-best 53rd while South Africa left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj rose 12 spots to 26th after claiming six wickets against England at Trent Bridge.

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  • Dhawala on July 20, 2017, 17:50 GMT

    Lets see who is the greatest in the ind sl test series Herath vs Ashwin and Jadeja vs Dilruwan

  • cricfan9206945986 on July 20, 2017, 15:03 GMT

    ashwin is only good in subcontinent and westindies and poor in all other nations.keshav maharaj is better than him

  • Ash on July 20, 2017, 10:48 GMT

    To be honest Ashwin is overrated as a spinner , particularly in short formats and should be playing only in tests for India. He should not be included in tours of SA, Eng, Aus and Nz as well and Jadeja can be better option in those countries. The young ones like Kuldeep and Chahal should be included in overseas tour ideally.

  • DINESH on July 20, 2017, 10:21 GMT

    PRANTO: Best batsman Tharanga! Wow! what a great discovery. It is hard to digest even a diehard SL fan like me.

  • jason on July 20, 2017, 10:06 GMT

    Ashwin has seen better days, he is not a mystry anymore and should retire.

  • sricha5777239 on July 20, 2017, 9:56 GMT

    according to me ashwin never was a good bowler and never is a good bowler he may have got 82 test wickets this season but actually he did not work hard for it because played on extremely spinning conditions and got wickets only because of other bowlers especially jadeja cosuming the run flow he has a poor overseas record and a poor fielder

  • Peter on July 20, 2017, 9:52 GMT

    @IBRAHIM. I have seen both Shah & Herath in Australia & Herath was far ahead if not only Shah but every other visiting spinner, & sorry to say Shah didn't take wickets in Australia, so there is one place he has gone where he hasn't taken wickets. Herath, IMHO, is the best over all wickets, bu far.

  • Muzammil on July 20, 2017, 9:45 GMT

    @NIREN Yasir Shah failed in Australia be it due to our captains overly defensive use of him or whatever the reasons but he failed miserably. But out of the 4 test he played in England he failed badly in 2nd and 3rd Test but bowled 'match-winning' and MOM spell taking 10 wickets in the first test @Lords and then again a 'match winning' spell in the 2nd innings at Oval in the fourth test.

  • Cricinfouser on July 20, 2017, 9:43 GMT

    @pranto ignorance is bliss my friend.

  • Muzammil on July 20, 2017, 9:40 GMT

    @PETER agree with you 100%.

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