KL Rahul and Dhawan attained a career best rankings

India's Shikhar Dhawan, left, and Lokesh Rahul run between the wickets during the first day's play of their third cricket test match against Sri Lanka in Pallekele, Sri Lanka, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Vastavam web:  K L Rahul broke into the top-10 at 9th, while Shikhar Dhawan also attained a career-high position of 28th in the latest ICC Test rankings after India’s clean- sweep of Sri Lanka in a three-match series.Left-hander Dhawan, who top-scored with 119 in the final Test in Pallekele, has moved up 10 places to 28th position after India won inside three days on Monday. This was the Delhi batsman’s second century in three Tests as he finished with 358 runs and was named player of the series. All-rounder Hardik Pandya’s 96-ball knock of 108 has seen him gain 45 positions to reach a career-best 68th rank among batsmen, while pace bowlers Mohammad Shami (up one place to 19th position) and Umesh Yadav (up one place up to a career- best 21st position) have gained among bowlers.

There was good news for Chinaman bowlers too as India’s Kuldeep Yadav and Sri Lanka’s Lakshan Sandakan have made rapid strides.Chandimal has gained two slots to reach 33rd position while Dickwella has gained seven slots to reach a career-best 61st position.In the list for all-rounders, Jadeja has lost the top slot to Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hassan after missing the Pallekele Test owing to a one-match suspension after accumulating six demerit points inside a 24-month period. Top-ranked India and seventh-placed Sri Lanka have retained their positions in the team rankings with India gaining two points to reach 125 points, increasing its lead over South Africa to 15 points.

Meanwhile, England hosts the West Indies for a three-Test series starting Thursday, which it may have to win in order to remain in third position, depending on the results of a two- Test series between Bangladesh and Australia that starts later this month but ends earlier on 8 September