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Bangladeshi centurions ascend in rankings

  • Published at 08:37 pm March 4th, 2019
Soumya Sarkar
Bangladesh batsman Soumya Sarkar celebrates after scoring his maiden Test century against New Zealand AFP

Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal scored 126 and 74 in two innings during their losing cause at Hamilton and that helped him improve his ranking by 11 spots from 36 to 25 according to the latest update of ICCs rankings on Monday

Bangladesh lost the first Test of the three-match series in New Zealand but three of their batsmen scored centuries and ascended in the Test rankings ladder.

Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal scored 126 and 74 in two innings during their losing cause at Hamilton and that helped him improve his ranking by 11 spots from 36 to 25 according to the latest update of ICCs rankings on Monday.

Tamim, who did not feature in home Tests against West Indies, is now the top-ranked batsmen among the Tigers, surpassing Shakib al Hasan. Bangladesh’s regular Test captain Shakib, who missed the Hamilton Test due to injury, is 28th in the rankings.

Bangladesh’s stand-in captain Mahhmudullah failed in the first innings scoring just 22. But he played his career best 146-run knock in the second innings and leapfrogged 12 spots to 40 in the Test batsmen rankings.

However, middle-order batsman Soumya Sarkar made the biggest leap in the ranking thanks to his maiden century that he stretched up to 149 runs in the second innings of the match.

Soumya, who was not considered in the original squad but stayed with the team after one-day internationals as backup of Shakib, has jumped 25 places to 67.

Meanwhile, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has reached a career-best 915 rating points after an unbeaten innings of 200. Williams, who once reached the zenith of the rankings back in 2015, consolidated his second spot by earning 18 points and is now just seven points away from top-ranked Virat Kohli as the Indian is leading with 922 points.

Williamson’s rating points are the highest by any New Zealander in Test cricket. Richard Hadlee is the only other player from his country to cross the 900-point mark with a best of 909 points in bowling.