Kusal Perera’s heroics in the Durban Test have pushed him 58 spots to a profession best 40th position on the ICC Rankings for Test batsmen. Australia quick bowler Pat Cummins, then, has overwhelmed Kagiso Rabada to guarantee the No. 1 spot on the Test bowlers’ rankings.
Perera’s astonishing climb on the list returns on his match-winning 153 not-out in the primary Test against South Africa that Sri Lanka won by one-wicket on Saturday. Having struck 51 in the 1st innings, Perera strolled in to bat for his second burrow when Sri Lanka were 52 for 3. He included 96 with the No. 7 Dhananjaya de Silva before riding on a solid 78-run last wicket remain with Vishwa Fernando to help Sri Lanka chase down 304.
As for Cummins, who turned into the first Australian since Glenn McGrath in February 2006 to top the Test bowlers’ rundown, the ascent to the best harmonized with Rabada guaranteeing just three wickets in the Durban Test. Prior in the week, Cummins was named the Allan Border medalist at the Australian Cricket Awards in Melbourne to affirm him as the champion entertainer in an extreme and dubious year for the men’s game.
In the meantime, South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has broken into the best 10 without precedent for his 57-match Test profession. Du Plessis climbed seven spots on the back of scores of 35 and 90 to guarantee the joint-tenth position alongside Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne.
Leading the pair by two spots, at No. 8, is du Plessis’ countryman Quinton de Kock, who had achieved his career-best positioning of No. 6 two years prior. Quick bowler Duanne Olivier propelled three positions to achieve his career best No. 22.