Virat Kohli Surpasses Steve Smith to Reclaim No.1 Spot in ICC Test Batting Rankings

By 8 months ago

India captain Virat Kohli has claimed the number 1 spot with 928 points, surpassing Steve Smith in the ICC Test Batting Rankings. He claimed the spot on the back of his stunning century in India’s maiden Day-night Test against Bangladesh at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

He was at the top spot for a long time before Steve Smith reclaimed it with his wonderful performance (774 runs in 4 Tests) in the ashes series which Australia successfully retained in England. Smith is in second place with 923 points.

However, Virat Kohli scored his career-best 254* in the second Test against South Africa in Pune and then he scored 136 against Bangladesh while Steve Smith managed to score only 4 and 36 in a two-Test series against Pakistan where David Warner smashed his maiden triple-century in Tests.

David Warner moved up to 12 spots to be placed at 5th in ICC Test rankings after his record-breaking unbeaten 335 against Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval. Marnus Labuschagne has also jumped up to the 8th spot on the back of his twin centuries in the same series.

Apart from Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara (791 rating points; 4th spot) and Ajinkya Rahane (759 rating points; 6th spot) are the other two Indian batsmen to be in the top 10 list. England Test captain Joe Root has also returned to the top 10 list after scoring the double century in the Hamilton Test against New Zealand.

Pakistan’s Babar Azam has also jumped up to two spots to 13th after scoring 210 runs in two Tests against Australia. Australia speedster Mitchell Starc has returned to the points table and he has moved up four places to 14th after bagging seven wickets in the Adelaide Test.

West Indies captain Jason Holder also picked up five wickets which have helped him move up one place to third place with the career-best 830 points and he has also placed at the top of the all-rounders’ list. On the other hand, off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall has placed into the top 50 with a 10-wicket haul which he took in the recently concluded Test.

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