Sri Lanka's newly appointed cricket captain Kumar Sangakkara said fast bowler Nuwan Kulasekara deserves to be at the top of International Cricket Council's (ICC) one-day rankings.
"Nuwan deserves his No 1 ranking after an outstanding year for us," Sangakkara said. "Since cementing his place in the side he has been extremely consistent and reliable for us, taking wickets with the new ball and keeping things tight."
Kulasekara, 26, overtook New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori to become the top-ranked bowler in one-dayers. In the last 29 ODI's, Kulasekera has claimed 47 wickets at an average of 20.97
Extremely delighted with his ranking, Kulasekera admitted he was "still in the process of learning."
"It was great to hear about the ranking, as I have worked really hard this year, but I am just 26, I know I still have plenty to learn and I am determined to become a much better bowler," said Kulasekera.