By Staff Writers | March 9, 2014
Opening batsman Lahiru Thirimanne won player of the tournament at the Asia Cup. © AFP
Strong batting performances in the Asia Cup have resulted in a reshuffle of the positions in the ICC rankings for ODI batsmen, with Sri Lanka’s Lahiru Thirimanne, who won the player of the tournament, making the biggest progress.
The left-handed opener jumped 29 places to a career-best 39th position after he made 279 runs in the Asia Cup, including two centuries.
Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews too moved up the rankings by four places to 28th place.
In the rankings table for bowlers in ODIs, Lasith Malinga, has jumped 11 places to 22nd. Malinga, who picked five for 56 in the final, was also the highest wicket-taker in the five-team tournament, with 11 wickets from four matches.
Sachithra Senanayake, Ajantha Mendis and Suranga Lakmal are the other Sri Lankan bowlers to progress up the player rankings.
Senanayake moved to 34th (up by three places), while Mendis progressed up by five places to 41st place, and Lakmal moved up 15 spots to 47th in the rankings.
Sri Lanka are currently the third-ranked team in ICC rankings for ODI teams.
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