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Team India retains No.1 Test Ranking, Virat Kohli reaches new heights

Virat Kohli hundred in England Tests
Virat Kohli

Team India has retained the pole position in the ICC Test Rankings and Virat Kohli and Co. will also receive an award of $1 million as they are set to remain No.1 at the cutoff date of April 3. This will be the second straight year that India will receive the prestigious mace and the award.

Although India lost the Test series against South Africa by a margin of 2-1 yet their victory in the 3rd and final Test in Johannesburg has ensured that they will maintain their No.1 position for the award from ICC. South Africa, who are placed No.2, have a Test series coming up against Australia but even if the Proteas go on to win the series 4-0, they won’t overtake India.

Had India lost the series 3-0, they would still be the table-toppers but South Africa would have been only behind in terms of decimal points and would have had a chance of becoming No.1 by beating Australia by a margin of 2-0 or better.

When it comes to players’ rankings, Indian skipper Virat Kohli has grown even stronger in terms of the rating. The second-ranked batsman now has a rating of 912 as opposed to 900 before the series. Only Sunil Gavaskar had achieved a higher rating of 916 amongst the Indian batsmen. Australian captain Steve Smith continues to lead the chart with a rating of 947.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar has gained massively from his superb outing in the Rainbow Nation as he has entered the top 20 rankings for the first time. In the all-rounder’s rankings as well, he has risen 8 places to reach No.12.

ICC Test Teams’ Rankings

2South Africa394484115
4New Zealand353489100
6Sri Lanka43405894
8West Indies36260672


ICC Test Batsmen’s Rankings

1Steve SmithAustralia947
2Virat KohliIndia912
3Joe RootEngland881
4Kane WilliamsonNew Zealand855
5David WarnerAustralia827
6Cheteshwar PujaraIndia810
7Hashim AmlaSouth Africa771
8Azhar AliPakistan755
9Dinesh ChandimalSri Lanka743
10Alastair CookEngland742


ICC Test Bowlers’ Rankings

1James AndersonEngland887
2Kagiso RabadaSouth Africa875
3Ravindra JadejaIndia844
4Josh HazlewoodAustralia814
5Ravichandran AshwinIndia803
6Rangana HerathSri Lanka799
7Vernon PhilanderSouth Africa791
8Neil WagnerNew Zealand784
9Morne MorkelSouth Africa773
10Mitchell StarcAustralia769


ICC Test All-Rounders’ Rankings

1Shakib Al HasanBangladesh438
2Ravindra JadejaIndia391
3Ravichandran AshwinIndia368
4Ben StokesEngland358
5Vernon PhilanderSouth Africa322
6Moeen AliEngland297
7Mitchell StarcAustralia291
8Rangana HerathSri Lanka216
9Jason HolderWindies208
10Dilruwan PereraSri Lanka206


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