Mominul Haque has become the fourth highest ranked Bangladesh Test batsman following his heroics in the recently concluded first of two Test matches against Sri Lanka at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Cricket Stadium in Chittagong.
Mominul, who emerged as the first Bangladeshi to score two centuries in a Test with 176 and 105 runs in two innings, rose 15 places to 27th position in the batsmen’s ranking. In the process, the left-hander has become Bangladesh’s fourth highest-ranked batsman after Tamim Iqbal (21st), Shakib al Hasan (22nd) and Mushfiqur Rahim (25th). The four Bangladesh batsmen are separated by just 24 points.
Stand-in Tigers captain Mahmudullah, who scored 83 not out and 28 not out in the Chittagong Test, has jumped six places to a career-high 48th.
Liton Das is the other Bangladeshi to head in the right direction. The right-hander scored a match-saving 94 in the second innings to inspire the home side to a draw. The heroics moved Liton nine places up to 81st in the batsmen’s ranking.
The Chittagong Test saw five centuries and six half-centuries as Bangladesh posted 513 and 307 losing five wickets while Sri Lanka amassed a colossal 713 for the loss of nine wickets declared in their only innings.
Sri Lanka’s Kusal Mendis, who was the top-scorer in the Chittagong Test with 196, has vaulted 12 places to claim 23rd, while Dhananjaya de Silva, who contributed 173 and featured in a 308-run second wicket stand with Mendis, has jumped eight places to occupy 38th.
Roshen Silva’s 109 has moved him from 106th to a career-high 78th.
The game in the port city however, was a test for the bowlers and this is reflected in the latest bowlers’ ranking.
Rangana Herath has slipped one place to seventh after bagging five wickets in 65 overs, Dilruwan Perera has dropped two places to 27th, Mustafizur Rahman has slipped two places to 59th and Lahiru Kumara has plummeted seven places to 76th.
The bowlers to move up the ladder include Bangladesh’s spin duo of Taijul Islam and Mehedi Hasan Miraz, who have gained one place each to move to 36th and 38th, respectively, and Sri Lanka’s Lakshan Sandakan, who has earned three places to rise to 57th.
Australia’s Steve Smith is the No 1 ranked batsman, while James Anderson of England is the top-ranked bowler. Shakib al Hasan leads the all-rounders’ list.