Gayle climbs into Test Top 10 after amazing triple-century
Galle, Sri Lanka – Chris Gayle has rocketed into the top 10 of the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen for the first time in his career after stroking a magnificent 333 against Sri Lanka in the Galle Test which ended in a draw on Friday. The West Indies opener's second career triple century, which came off 437 balls and included 34 fours and nine sixes, lifted the 31-year-old from 21st position to 10th spot in the latest rankings which were released on Friday.
Gayle’s Man-of-the-Match performance – which included 34 boundaries and a record nine sixes off 438 balls – earned him 95 ratings points and makes him the second West Indies batsman to find a place inside the top 10. The other is experienced left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul who dropped two places to sixth position after scoring 32 in his only innings in the first of the three-Test series.
South Africa’s top order batsmen Jacques Kallis and Hashim Amla, Pakistan’s Younis Khan and New Zealand’s opener Brendon McCullum are the other batsmen inside the top 20 to make progress in the right direction. Kallis, who scored 73 and 135 not out in the Dubai Test against Pakistan, has gained two places and he now sits in fourth position while Amla’s efforts of 80 and 118 not out has helped him to gain four places and puts him alongside India’s VVS Laxman in eighth position. Younis, whose marathon 344-minute 131 not out helped Pakistan to escape with a draw earlier this week, has jumped six places to 12th in the latest rankings.
McCullum, who salvaged a draw for New Zealand in the Hyderabad Test when he scored 225, has vaulted 11 places and now sits just outside the top 20 in 22nd spot. However, McCullum’s team-mate Ross Taylor has dropped eight places to 17th position after managing scores of 24 and seven.
New Zealand opener Tim McIntosh, who scored 102 and 49 in Hyderabad, has gained 14 places and he is now ranked 62nd while India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who scored his second consecutive career century against New Zealand, has moved up seven places and now sits in 84th position.
In the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers, South Africa fast bowler Morne Morkel has achieved a career-best ranking. Morkel, who had match figures of 5-100 in the Dubai Test, has moved up two places to third position. Morkel’s team-mate Dale Steyn sits pretty in Number 1 position while Graeme Swann of England is in second spot.
Also moving in the right directions are Sri Lanka’s off-spinner Ajantha Mendis in 24th (up by eight places), India’s fast bowler S.Sreesanth in 29th (up by two places), West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach in 33rd (up by six places), New Zealand’s fast bowler Tim Southee in 46th (up by six places) and Pakistan’s off-spinner Saeed Ajmal in 48th (up by two places). There is no change in the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for Test allrounders with Kallis still leading the field.