Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Saurav Ganguly hits his first test double centrury

Bangalore : Former India captain Sourav Ganguly scored his maiden double century in Test cricket Sunday, against Pakistan on the second day of the third and final Test here.

Ganguly carried on serenely from his overnight score of 125, and his 200 came off 324 balls. The score included 24 boundaries and a hit into the stands of the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.

It was the 99th Test match for the 35-year-old left-handed batsman


Sanath Jayasuriya Retires from Test Cricket

Sri Lanka's master blaster Sanath Jayasuriya took retirement from Test Cricket after first Test in Kandy against England. Jayasuriya scored 10 and 78 in his last test match which helped Sri Lanka in defeating England by 88 runs.

The 39-year-old charismatic left-hander from Matara finished his 110-Test career as Sri Lanka’s leading run-scorer with 6,973, a tally that includes 14 centuries and a top score of 340, made against India in Colombo in August 1997. At the time, that triple century helped him to fourth place in the ICC player rankings for Test batsmen and it turned out to be the highest batting ranking of his Test career. Surprisingly, despite being a scourge for his opponents, that was the only year in which Jayasuriya found a place in the 10 top batsmen.

Jayasuriya, who also took 1-37 in the Kandy Test, retired in 39th spot in the rakings for Test bowlers. The highest bowling ranking he enjoyed during his Test career was 22nd, achieved after the Galle Test against Zimbabwe in January 2002. In the Test all-rounders list, Jayasuriya was a regular in the top five between 2001 and 2005, reaching third for a period.

Jayasuriya’s career-rankings at a glance:
  • Current batting ranking: 46th
  • Highest batting ranking: 4th (August 1997 v India)
  • Highest rating: 770 points
  • Current bowling ranking: 39th
  • Highest bowling ranking: 22nd (January 2002 v Zimbabwe)
  • Highest rating: 395 points.