Career-best ranking for Gabriel after St. Lucia dominance


Windies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel has made a huge jump to take a career-best 12th position in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings after his Player-of-the-Match effort in the drawn second Test against Sri Lanka in St. Lucia, which ended on Monday.

The 30-year-old from Trinidad and Tobago has gained 11 places after finishing the match with 13-121, the third best match haul ever by a Windies bowler. Gabriel has reached 754 rating points, while his previous best was 636 points and an 18th place in August last year.

Gabriel’s team-mates Roston Chase (up one place to 38th) and captain Jason Holder (up one place to 64th) were the others to gain in the latest update, which also takes into account the one-off Test between India and Afghanistan in Bengaluru, which the home side won by an innings and 262 runs.

For Sri Lanka, who trail the three-match series against the Windies 1-0, captain Dinesh Chandimal has gained one spot to move up to ninth position after his effort of 119 not out and 39, while Kusal Mandis is another batsman to move up, gaining four spots to reach a career-best 12th position.

Among their bowlers, Suranga Lakmal has gained one slot to reach 29th position, while Lahiru Kumara has gained three spots to reach 51st position (ICC).

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