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Kohli retains top spot in ICC Test rankings

The Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who has scored 544 runs in his eight innings this series, is 11th in the list of best ever in terms of rating points

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New Delhi: Indian skipper Virat Kohli has reclaimed the No.1 spot on the ICC rankings charts that he lost to Steve Smith after India’s defeat at Lord’s in the second Test. Kohli achieved a career-high 937 rating points after innings of 46 and 58 in the fourth Test.

The Indian captain, who has scored 544 runs in his eight innings this series, is 11th in the list of best ever in terms of rating points, just one adrift of a group of four – Gary Sobers, Clyde Walcott, Vivian Richards and Kumar Sangakkara.

Cheteshwar Pujara remains the second highest ranked India batsman in the list as he retained the sixth position. However, his unbeaten 132, which helped India take the first innings lead, lifted him from 763 to 798 points.

In the bowlers’ list, pacer Shami progressed back to the top 20 after his six-wicket match haul lifted him three places to 19th position while fellow fast bowler Ishant Sharma’s four wickets saw him move up one place to 25th position.

Jasprit Bumrah continued the strong start to his Test career, moving to a career-best 487 points while retaining 37th position after his fifth Test.

Man of the Match Moeen Ali’s haul of nine wickets helped him move up three places to 33rd position with a huge gain in rating points. The offie, who grabbed five for 63 and four for 71, has gained 66 points to reach 543 points in bowling, while also gaining one slot to reach seventh place among all-rounders.

Among the batsmen, Jos Buttler has jumped 15 slots to reach a career-best 32nd position and 584 rating points, just five behind England all-rounder Ben Stokes, who also gained three places to reach 29th place.

ICC Test Ranking for Batsmen

1 Virat Kohli – 937 points

2 Steve Smith – 929 points

3 Kane Williamson – 847 points

4 David Warner – 820 points

5 Joe Root – 809 points

6 Cheteshwar Pujara – 798 points

7 Dimuth Karunaratne – 754 points

8 Dinesh Chandimal – 733 points

9 Dean Elgar – 724 points

10 Aiden Markram – 703 points

ICC Test Rankings for Bowlers

1 James Anderson – 896 points

2 Kagiso Rabada – 882 points

3 Ravindra Jadeja – 832 points

4 Vernon Philander – 826 points

5 Pat Cummins – 800 points

6 Trent Boult – 795 points

7 Rangana Herath – 791 points

8 R Ashwin – 777 points

9 Neil Wagner – 765 points

10 Josh Hazlewood – 759 points

Siddharth Raghvendra Raghuvanshi
Siddharth Raghvendra Raghuvanshi
Editorial Assistant of Sirf News with experience in covering sports and entertainment for Navbharat Times and Network 18's IBN Lokmat
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