Virat Kohli leapfrogs to career-best fourth spot in ICC Test Player Rankings

22 November 2016, 01:39 PM
India Test captain Virat Kohli - File Photo
India Test captain Virat Kohli - File Photo

India Test captain Virat Kohli leapfroged to career-high fourth position in the ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen after producing a man of the match performance in the second Test against England which India won by 246 runs.

Kohli is currently top-ranked in Twenty20 Internationals and has also held the top position in One-Day Internationals, but has never moved above 10th place in Tests.

However, his sublime knocks of 167 and 81 in Visakhapatnam have helped him jump 10 slots and cross the 800-point mark for the first time, becoming only the 11th India batsman to do so.

For his efforts in Visakhapatnam, Kohli has earned 97points. The 28-year-old from Delhi now trails second-rankedJoe Root of England by 22 points. Another strong performancein the Mohali Test, which begins on Saturday will mean he willedge closer in his quest to top the batting table.

Middle-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has gained oneplace to reach ninth rank after scoring 119 and one, while theEngland pair of wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow andall-rounder Ben Stokes have also made significant gains.

Bairstow has moved up four places to reach 12th position after scoring 53 and 34 not out, while Stokes has moved upfive slots to 28th position after scoring 70 and six.     

In the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers,India fast bowler Mohammad Shami has gained five places toreach a career-high 21st rank and left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja has moved up one position to sixth place.     

For England, Stuart Broad (up one place) and Moeen Ali(up four places), have achieved fifth and 23rd positions, respectively.     

New Zealand's eight-wicket win over Pakistan in alow-scoring first Test in Christchurch did not result in muchupward movement for batsmen.

First Published: Tuesday, November 22, 2016 01:29 PM
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