In the latest update on ICC Bowlers chart, Rangana Herath has replace India’s Ravichandran Ashwin as the Number 2 bowler in the format. Herath claimed the stop after the flurry innings of 11 wickets haul in the recently concluded match against Zimbabwe. In the series between Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka, only a single off-test match was played, where Sri Lanka won. In the match played in Khettarma, Sri Lanka became the highest Test chaser of Asia, defeating Zimbabwe by 4 wickets.
Ashwin was in the position since more than couple of months following the success stretch of Team India in test. With the recent feat, Herath registered his eight 10-wicket-haul in Test. The 40 years old bowler has claimed 384 test wickets surpassing records of legendary players like Waqar Younis, Ian Botham and Malcolm Marshall. He has played 148 test innings so far. His ODI and T20 record is also impressive. Herath has 74 ODI and 18 T20 wickets in 67 and 17 innings respectively.
With Herath reaching the second position in ICC Test Ranking, Ashwin is pushed down a position to third. However, the recent test between India and Sri Lanka will bring on better prospects for the team. James Anderson, who was in the third place moved to fourth to share the position with Josh Hazlewood. Anderson claimed seven wickets in the recent match at Trent Bridge.
There has been also changes in the batting order. Hashim Alma is the new entrant on the top ten lists. He is now the seventh batsman. A good move was for Vernon Philander in all-rounder position. He became one of the top five all-rounders in Test. He also became the ninth bowler in the top bowler’s lists. Other players who had significant rise are Craig Ervine, Sikandar Raza, Graeme Cremer, and Keshav Maharaj.
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