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Shiv among ICC top bats again

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Shiv among ICC top bats again

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DUBAI – West Indies’ batting veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul has returned to the top three of the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen following a stellar performance against Bangladesh in the second Test in St Lucia, which finished on Tuesday.

The West Indies won the Test by 296 runs to win the series 2-0.

The 40-year-old Chanderpaul scored 84 not out and 101 not out, his 30th career century, to end the series as the second highest run-getter with 270 runs.

For his achievement in the St Lucia Test, he was rewarded with a jump of two places that has helped him leapfrog David Warner of Australia and Angelo Mathews of Sri Lanka into third position.

“I obviously feel great. Winning the Test match was the most important thing,” Chanderpaul said after the impressive victory.

“It was our aim from the beginning – get as much as we can from the first innings and see where we go. As a bat, you can’t think about getting out. You have to think about coming to bat the next day. I was trying to maintain that and, hopefully, I can carry on wherever go.”

The batting table is headed by Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka, who leads South Africa’s A.B. de Villiers by 27 ratings points.

There were positive advancements for a couple of Bangladesh batsmen. Opener Tamim Iqbal, who scored 48 and 64, has vaulted seven places to 37th position while his teammate, Mahmudullah, has soared nine places to 71st position following his half-century in the first innings.

In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers, West Indies’ fast bowler Kemar Roach has gained one more place following his six wickets in the second Test and is now on a career-high ninth position.

Left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn, who picked up five for 72 in the second innings, has moved up three places to a career-best 21st spot, while Jerome Taylor is the biggest mover in the latest rankings – gaining 12 places to claim 40th position.

India’s Ravichandran Ashwin continues to lead the way in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for all-rounders. There was no change in the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings Table, which is headed by South Africa. (ICC)