Sangakkara dethrones De Villiers as world number one

2014-08-13 00:00

GALLE — Kumar Sangakkara has regained the number one Test batting spot in the ICC rankings for Test batsmen following his 10th double century in the Galle Test that Sri Lanka won by seven wickets to lead Pakistan by 1-0 in a two-Test series.

Sangakkara, who won the ICC Cricketer of the Year and ICC Test Cricketer of the Year awards in Colombo in 2012, scored 221 and 21 in the Test, which earned him 31 ratings points that, in turn, helped him to dethrone AB de Villiers from the top pedestal.

The South African had snatched the number one spot from his team-mate Hashim Amla in October 2013 and spent a total stretch of 287 days and 33 Tests at the top.

Sangakkara had first surged to the top of the batting charts in December 2007 when he replaced Ricky Ponting, while he last claimed the top spot in November 2012 in Galle before Australia’s Michael Clarke dislodged him following his 230 against South Africa in the Adelaide Test.

ICC Test batting rankings:

1. K.C. Sangakkara (SRI) - 920

2. A.B. de Villiers (SA) - 899

3. H.M. Amla (SA) - 878

4. D.A. Warner (AUS) - 871

5. A.D. Mathews (SRI) - 862

6. S. Chanderpaul (WI) - 854

7. M.J. Clarke (AUS) - 818

8. Misbah-ul-Haq (PAK) - 805

9. L.R.P.L. Taylor (NZ) -795

10. Younus Khan (PAK) - 793.

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