Indian skipper Virat Kohli has dethroned the 'disgraced' Australian player Steve Smith to become the number one Test batsman as per the new MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen, released on Sunday morning after the conclusion of the Edgbaston Test between India and England.
With this, Kohli became the seventh Indian player overall and first after Sachin Tendulkar in 2011 to achieve the milestone.
Kohli had scored 149 and 51 in India’s 31-run defeat against England in the first of the five-Test series. Kohli scored total 200 runs in the Edgbaston Test that helped him go up by 31 points to end Steve Smith’s 32-month reign as the top-ranked batsman.
KOHLI IS NO.1@imVkohli has overtaken Steve Smith to become the new No.1 batsman in @MRFWorldwide ICC Test Rankings. He is the first Indian since @sachin_rt to get there.READ ⬇️https://t.co/Hw7OCimIKw pic.twitter.com/s8h4fNmJYK— ICC (@ICC) August 5, 2018
Kohli is now five rating points ahead of Smith, who is facing one year ban for cheating. But if the Indian skipper maintained his form in the remaining four Tests, he would finish the series as world’s highest-ranked batsman.
Before Kohli, Indian great Sachin Tendulkar had joined South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis in number-one position in January 2011. He, however, dropped to the second place after he had missed the three-Test series against the West Indies.
Apart from Kohli, and Sachin, Rahul Dravid, Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag and Dilip Vengsarkar who had achieved the milestone in their cricketing career.
Here is the complete list of top 10 Test batsmen (MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings)Virat Kohli Ind 934! Steve Smith Aus 929 Joe Root Eng 865 Kane Williamson NZ 847 David Warner Aus 820 C. Pujara Ind 791 D. Karunaratne SL 754! D. Chandimal SL 733 Dean Elgar SA 724 Aiden Markram SA 703*