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Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara made a return to the No. 1 spot in the ICC Test batting rankings after scoring a big century against Pakistan in the drawn Test at the SSC. He had lost the top spot to West Indies' Shivnarine Chanderpaul in March 2012, after failures in the Galle Test against England.

At the start of the SSC Test, Sangakkara trailed Chanderpaul by six rating points, but earned 42 points for his first innings effort of 192. In the previous Test in Galle, Sangakkara had scored 199 runs in the first innings to earn 71 rating points. He is eight points short of achieving the 900 mark - a figure achieved by only 25 batsmen, including Sangakkara, in the history of the game.

Sangakkara achieved a career-best 938 rating points during the Kandy Test against England in 2007, which is the sixth best performance in the all-time rankings.

Apart from Sangakkara, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mohammad Hafeez and Azhar Ali also scored big hundreds and have moved up in the Test rankings. (Source: Espn Cricinfo)
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  • Yoshi Friday, 06 July 2012 04:40 AM

    Congratz Sanga Boy!!!

    kinura Friday, 06 July 2012 04:35 AM

    well done Sanga and you showed all the characteristics of a classical test batsman. I feel sorry that you missed two twin tons. All the best

    Amila.G Friday, 06 July 2012 05:06 AM

    Well done. Be consistent.

    pak Friday, 06 July 2012 05:21 AM

    need to play some cricket in foreign tracks also

    asoka abeywardena Friday, 06 July 2012 05:22 AM

    well done sanga and congrats to mahindananda aluthgamage our sports minister...without him sanga wouldn't have achieve this...proud we have a cricket loving sports minister...not a money loving...

    fairoo Friday, 06 July 2012 06:28 AM

    we got 2 knw day before so old newssss

    Senna Friday, 06 July 2012 12:41 PM

    Sanga & Mahela should be determined to bring SL to No. 1 Test nation before they retire. Good luck to them.

    Dadoriya Friday, 06 July 2012 06:27 AM

    Keeping with the trend of going up?

    gunawardena Friday, 06 July 2012 06:41 AM

    Yes go Sangakara you make us Lankans proud.

    To reza maybe the indian board is good to the cricketers when they do good, whe they do bad you guys burn their houses and god knows what else.
    In SL we are civilised and dont do such things!

    paulraj Friday, 06 July 2012 06:31 AM

    Our cricketers are in good hands with the present sports loving admnistrators.

    Jayaa Friday, 06 July 2012 06:42 AM

    Sanga, the Sri lankan "Bradman". No doubt.

    Gamini Udagepola Friday, 06 July 2012 06:37 AM

    Sanga has scored everywhere (play first class cricket), read his record carefully. Sure, Good luck to Sanga!.

    Jayaa Friday, 06 July 2012 06:43 AM

    Snaga - The Sri lankan "Bradman". No doubt in that!!!

    Faris Friday, 06 July 2012 06:40 AM

    It is T R I N I T Y and K A N D Y

    Azmi Friday, 06 July 2012 08:09 AM

    Congradulations sanga, good luck

    Plunkey Friday, 06 July 2012 08:02 AM

    Its Sri Lanka and thats it.. Dont try to be like Indians and say your sity....

    Criclover Friday, 06 July 2012 03:27 AM

    Congrats sanga...

    Calistus Jayatilleke Friday, 06 July 2012 09:18 AM

    Congratulations. Sanga stands out on top of the few Sri Lankans who continues to bring glory and a good name for the country whereas almost all government politicians only manage to disgrace to this country.

    Sujith Friday, 06 July 2012 03:23 AM

    Congradulations! But waht we really need is to get the Team to No.1 in he test rankings.

    pee da mossa Friday, 06 July 2012 05:05 PM

    Congratulations, Sanga and thank you for giving us something to smile about in this otherwise gloomy world. Best wishes for more feats in the future.

    ahmed Friday, 06 July 2012 03:58 AM

    Proud to be a Sri Lankan because of you my dear Sanga!!!

    Jayantha Jayamanne Friday, 06 July 2012 04:00 AM

    He deserves this status. Wish you all the best.

    nalakap Friday, 06 July 2012 04:11 AM

    unexpected good time for trinity 1st in cricket 1st in rugby and now sanga is back in form will the swimmer who went for Olympics put the icing on the cake

    Kiris Baba Amaray Friday, 06 July 2012 04:07 AM

    You proved to be a Trinity Lion Sanga, run the race with confidence. God bless you.

    Godagampala Rohana Friday, 06 July 2012 04:11 AM

    This is a Historic activement. He will surely break Tendulkar's records.

    reza Friday, 06 July 2012 04:06 AM

    Congratulations Kumar on this great achievement.

    Our Cricket Board and Sports Ministry should recognise such achievements.

    It is different in India( BCCI), how they market thier players.

    Cobra Friday, 06 July 2012 04:12 AM

    I remember mentioning this in a previous comment. Sanga's place has to be on the top. His IPL debacle allowed Chanderpaul to creep up past him and that Sanga would soon be back and I was spot on. Congrats Sanga and all the best to you in the future too.


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