ICC rankings: Virat Kohli is now No.1 Test batsman

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As per ICC rankings, Virat Kohli is now the No.1 Test batsman. Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s out of this world performances in the first test match against England saw him move to the top of the ICC rankings for test batsmen on Sunday. The Indian batsman overtook Australian Steve Smith after culminating a total of 934 rating points after his incredible showing in both the innings of the Edgbaston test. He left behind Steve Smith who is on 929 points. Apart from this swap in positions there was no other change in the top 10 list.

 

ICC rankings

 

Good news finally came in for Kohli after the ICC released its new rankings for test batsmen. Having had to face defeat despite delivering an enthralling and exquisite display of batting on a pitch where the ball swung at the speed of light, Kohli was ultimately given some reward for his heroics by the International Cricket Council. His 149 in the first innings and 51 in the second saw him reach a career high and 14th overall of 934 points which were enough for the world’s best batsman to reach the top of the pile.

 

 

Kohli became the seventh Indian batsmen ever and the first after Sachin Tendulkar to reach this position in ICC rankings. This is the first time since 2011 that an Indian batsman has been at the top of the world in test rankings. Apart from Kohli and Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag and Dilip Vengsarkar are the other India batsmen to have achieved the number-one rankings during their careers.

Another tremendous performance from India’s captain come the second test can see him break into the top 10 for overall career points. If the ever hungry and determined batsman still needed any sort of motivation then this is it.

Poor showing from the rest of the Indian batting line-up ended up seeing them slip down the rankings.KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane all fell down the rankings after failing miserably in the recently concluded test match against England.

 

MRF Tyres Test Player ICC Rankings

(as on 5 August, following Edgbaston Test)

 

BATSMEN (top 20)

 

Rank    (+/-)      Player             Team   Points  Avge    Highest Rating

1       (+1)      Virat Kohli        Ind       934!    54.28  934 v Eng at Edgbaston 2018

2       (-1)       Steve Smith     Aus      929      61.37  947 v SA at Durban 2018

3       ( – )       Joe Root          Eng      865      52.18  917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

4       ( – )       Kane Williamson           NZ        847      50.35  893 v Aus at Perth 2015

5       ( – )       David Warner   Aus      820      48.20  880 v NZ at Perth 2015

6       ( – )       C. Pujara          Ind       791      50.34  888 v SL at Nagpur 2017

7       ( – )       D. Karunaratne SL        754!    37.28  754 v SA at Colombo (SSC) 2018

8       ( – )       D. Chandimal   SL        733      44.96  755 v Win at St Lucia 2018

9       ( – )       Dean Elgar       SA       724      41.05  784 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018

10      ( – )       Aiden Markram SA       703*    47.27  759 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018

 

BOWLERS (top 20)

 

Rank    (+/-)      Player             Team   Points  Avge    Highest Rating

1       ( – )       James Anderson          Eng      884      27.19  896 v Win at Lord’s 2017

2       ( – )       Kagiso Rabada            SA       882      21.71  902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018

3       ( – )       Ravindra Jadeja           Ind       857      23.11  899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017

4       ( – )       Vernon Philander         SA       826      21.54  912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013

5       ( – )       R. Ashwin         Ind       825      25.17  904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016

6       ( – )       Pat Cummins    Aus      800*!   23.81  800 v SA at Johannesburg 2018

7       ( – )       Trent Boult       NZ        795      27.84  825 v Eng at Lord’s 2015

8       ( – )       Rangana Herath          SL        791      27.95  867 v Zim at Harare 2016

9       ( – )       Neil Wagner     NZ        765      28.26  785 v Win at Wellington 2017

10      ( – )       Josh Hazlewood           Aus      759      26.84  863 v Ind at Bengaluru 2017

 

ALL-ROUNDERS (top five)

 

Rank    (+/-)      Player             Team   Points  Highest Rating

1       ( – )       Shakib Al Hasan          Ban      420     489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017

2       ( – )       Ravindra Jadeja           Ind       385     438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017

3       ( – )       Vernon Philander         SA       370     379 v SL at Galle 2018

4       ( – )       R. Ashwin         Ind       359     493 v Eng at Mohali 2016

5       ( – )       Jason Holder    Win      354/*   355 v Ban at Jamaica 2018

 

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