Wanindu, Bhanuka gain big in player rankings after Asia Cup victory

Sri Lanka players Bhanuka Rajapaksa and WaninduHasaranga, heroes of a memorable victory over Pakistan in the final of the Asia Cup in Dubai on Sunday, have made handsome gains in theMRF Tyres ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings.

Rajapaksa’s blistering 71 off 45 deliveries with six fours and three sixes, that won him the Player of the Match award,hashelped him advance 34 places to a career-best 34thposition. Rajapaksa had scores of 25 not out against India and 24 against Pakistan in other matches of the tournament played during the past week.


All-rounderHasaranga, a formerly top-ranked bowler,hasadvanced in all three lists after a fine all-round effort in the final saw him smash a 21-ball 36 and follow it up with a late triple-strike with his leg-spin bowling. With a three-wicket haul in the previous match against Pakistan two days earlier, hehasmoved up three places to sixth position. He is also up seven places to fourth among all-rounders and up 28 places to 152ndamong batters.

Pakistan fast bowler Haris Rauf, who grabbed three for 29 in the final and two wickets each in the previous two matches,hasmoved up nine places to 25th.Mohammad Nawazhasprogressed seven places to 34thand Mohammad Hasnainhasgained 14 places to reach 96thin the latest weekly update.

Former India captain Virat Kohli, who smashed a match-winning 122 not out off 61 deliveries in a Super Fours match against Afghanistan,hasleaped 14 places to reach 15thposition while seam bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s remarkable haul of five for four in the same matchhaslifted him to the top 10, from 11thto seventh position. Lokesh Rahulhasprogressed from 30thto 23rd.