Kusal Perera, who stitched a record 78-run partnership with Vishwa Fernando for the last wicket, reached a career-best 40th position after 15 Tests, scoring 51 and an unbeaten 153. @ AFP

Sri Lanka’s national hero Kusal Perera advanced 58 places in the ICC Test rankings for batsmen after a whirlwind 153 not out to take his team to a historic one-wicket victory in the opening Test against South Africa on Saturday. (ALSO READ: Sensational Kusal Perera leads Sri Lanka to one-wicket in South Africa)

The left-handed Perera, who stitched a record 78-run partnership with Vishwa Fernando for the last wicket, reached a career-best 40th position after 15 Tests, scoring 51 and an unbeaten 153. Perera and Fernando beat an 83-year record set by the Australians against Madras in February 1936. (ALSO READ: 20 years after Brian Lara’s epic 153* in one-wicket win, Kusal Perera hits 153* in one-wicket win)

In the bowlers’ list, fast bowler Pat Cummins became the first Australia bowlers since Glenn McGrath to top the list in Test rankings.

Sri Lanka’s left-arm pacer Fernando moved up 26 places to a career-best 49th place after returning with eight wickets at Kingsmead, Durban while Kasun Rajitha (up 10 places to 59th) and Lasith Embuldeniya (at 68th place after his debut match) are the most significant movers. (ALSO READ: ‘Just doing my job’, says ‘superman’ Kusal Perera after epic Sri Lanka win)

For South Africa, captain Faf du Plessis entered the top 10 for the first time in career after scores of 35 and 90. He is currently join tenth with counterpart Dimuth Karunaratne. Quinton de Kock is at eighth position and closing in on his career-best sixth position, which he had occupied two years ago. Fast bowler Duanne Olivier reached a career-best 22nd position after advancing three slots.