A match-winning performance by Virat Kohli saw him relinquish the top spot in ICC rankings for test batsmen for the month of August. Scoring 97 and 103 in the third test at Trent Bridge, Kohli overtook Steve Smith to once again sit at the top and rightfully so given he is by far the best batsman in the world at the moment. His feats took him to 939 points, 12 points ahead of the banned Steve Smith.
Following his superlative exploits in Nottingham, Kohli notched up the points in the test rankings to reach his all-time career high. At 939 career points, Kohli is just one point behind entering the fabled all-time hall of fame which includes Don Bradman (961 points), Steven Smith (947), Len Hutton (945), Jack Hobbs and Ricky Ponting (both on 942), Peter May (941), and Gary Sobers, Clyde Walcott, Vivian Richards and Kumar Sangakkara (all on 938 points).
Kohli had earlier hit the top ICC ranking after scoring 200 runs in the first test of India vs England series. A dismal show by the bat in Lords had slipped him back down to second which Kohli reversed in no time at all. Match winning knocks in both the innings of the third test saw him win back his crown in style. Helping his side to a massive 203 run victory to stage a miraculous comeback in the series, Kohli became
The Indian captain registered his 23rd century in the recently concluded Indian victory to show the world why he is the best. Having ruled over Asian pitches, Kohli has stamped his authority all over the world on different tracks now with centuries in Australia, South Africa, and England. Considered some of the toughest pitches in the world to play on given the pace and swing they provide to the seamers, Kohli’s temperament and ability have helped him notch up runs on a regular basis on these bowler friendly tracks.
In the ICC rankings – test rankings for bowlers, England’s James Anderson stayed on top after a good showing with the ball against India. Anderson leads South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada and India’s Ravindra Jadeja with 899 points.
The magnificent performance by the Indians in the last test saw other match winners benefitting too. Hardik Pandya jumped up 27 points to reach 17th in the all-rounder’s list on the back of his five-wicket haul. In the bowling department, Jasprit Bumrah gained some places after his breakthrough fiver in his come-back test.
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