Virat Kohli attains career-best position in Test Rankings

Another day and another milestone for Virat Kohli. Each time he steps onto the field, the history books are updated. The Indian skipper is now placed No.2 in the ICC Test batsmen’s rankings. His magnificent run in the recently concluded Test series against Sri Lanka has helped him attain the career-best ranking in the whites.

Before the series, he was placed 6th in the rankings and a tally of 610 runs from 3 Tests has helped him surpass David Warner, Cheteshwar Pujara, Kane Williamson and Joe Root to reach the 2nd spot. Virat Kohli went past 3-figure mark in each of the Tests that included consecutive double centuries in 2 innings.

He scored 243 runs in the first innings of the Kotla Test which happened to be his highest score in Test cricket. A 50 in the second innings took his tally to 293 runs in the game. The 29-year-old was adjudged the Man of the Series for his outstanding performance.

Kohli is already the top-ranked batsman in ODI and T20I Rankings and now, he is only behind the Australian skipper Steve Smith in Tests who is at 938 rating, 45 clear of Kohli. The margin between the 2 is substantial at this stage but going by Kohli’s current form, he’ll challenge Smith for the No.1 spot there as well.

The Delhi-lad has a wonderful chance of topping all 3 formats simultaneously, a feat that has been achieved only by Ricky Ponting in 2005-06. Matthew Hayden is the only other batsman who has occupied the pole position in all formats but not simultaneously.

ICC Test Batsmen’s Rankings

Rank Player Team Rating
1 Steve Smith Australia 938
2 Virat Kohli India 893
3 Joe Root England 879
4 Cheteshwar Pujara India 873
5 Kane Williamson New Zealand 865
6 David Warner Australia 815
7 Hashim Amla South Africa 795
8 Azhar Ali Pakistan 755
9 Dinesh Chandimal Sri Lanka 743
10 Dean Elgar South Africa 732

ICC Test Bowlers’ Rankings

Rank Player Team Rating
1 James Anderson England 894
2 Kagiso Rabada South Africa 876
3 Ravindra Jadeja India 870
4 Ravichandran Ashwin India 829
5 RanganaHerath Sri Lanka 799
6 Josh Hazlewood Australia 786
7 Neil Wagner New Zealand 785
8 Mitchell Starc Australia 775
9 Nathan Lyon Australia 774
10 Dale Steyn South Africa 748

ICC Test All-Rounders’ Rankings

Rank Player Team Rating
1 Shakib Al Hasan Bangladesh 438
2 Ravindra Jadeja India 415
3 Ben Stokes England 380
4 Ravichandran Ashwin India 369
5 Moeen Ali England 352
6 Vernon Philander South Africa 319
7 Mitchell Starc Australia 313
8 RanganaHerath Sri Lanka 216
9 Jason Holder Windies 212
10 Chris Woakes England 206

ICC Test Teams’ Rankings

Rank Team Points
1 India 124
2 South Africa 111
3 England 105
4 New Zealand 97
5 Australia 97
6 Sri Lanka 94
7 Pakistan 88
8 Windies 75
9 Bangladesh 72
10 Zimbabwe 2


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