NEW DELHI: India captain Virat Kohli on Sunday replaced Australia’s Steve Smith at the top of International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Rankings for Test batsmen, following his tally of 200 runs in the opening Test against England at Edgbaston.
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Kohli scored his 22nd Test century with a knock of 149 in the first innings and followed it up with 51 in the second. It earned him a career-high 934 ratings points, leaving Smith behind at 929 points. The former Australia captain is currently serving a 12-month ban for his involvement in a ball-tampering scandal during Australia’s tour of South Africa earlier this year.
Kohli’s contribution in the Edgbaston Test, however, proved futile as India failed to chase a target of 194 in the second innings to lose the Test by 31 runs.
Before Kohli, Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir were the other Indian batsmen to be ranked No. 1 on ICC Test Rankings.
KOHLI IS NO.1 @imVkohli has overtaken Steve Smith to become the new No.1 batsman in @MRFWorldwide ICC Test Ranking… https://t.co/drhOwJgs61
— ICC (@ICC) 1533449778000
Other than Kohli and Smith swapping positions at the top, there was no other movement in top 10.
For England, Jonny Bairstow jumped four places to be placed at joint No. 12 with Kraigg Brathwaite of the West Indies. He scored 70 and 28 at Edgbaston.
(With inputs from www.icc-cricket.com)