November 17

Virat Kohli topples Steve Smith to clinch No.1 spot in ICC Test rankings

first_imgVirat Kohli on Sunday toppled former Australia captain Steve Smith to become the number-one ranked batsman in Test cricket.Kohli aggregated 200 runs in both innings of the first Test against England at Edgbaston which helped him gain 31 points and end Smith’s 32-month reign as the top-ranked batsman and reach the top of the summit for the first time in his 67-Test career.Kohli waged a lone battle at Edgbaston, making 149 in the first innings before scoring a composed 51 in the second. However, there was absolutely no support from the top-order which included Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane as India lost by 31 runs and now trail 1-0 in the five-match series.India vs England: India batsmen need to watch and learn from Virat KohliKohli is the seventh Indian batsman and first since Sachin Tendulkar in June 2011 to be ranked number one in Test cricket. Rahul Dravid, Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag and Dilip Vengsarkar are the other Indian batsmen to have achieved number-one rankings during their careers.Edgbaston Test: Sam Curran inspired by ‘how Virat Kohli batted with the tail’Kohli now leads Smith (who had held the top spot since December 2015) by five points, but will have to maintain the form in the remaining four Tests to finish the series as the world’s highest-ranked batsman.Virat Kohli missed one for a change and that changed the game: Ben StokesKohli is currently on 934 points and is 14th on the all-time tally of points list. With four more Test matches to go in the series against England, the Delhi batsman has a great opportunity to break into the top-10 all-time tally of points list.advertisementKOHLI IS [email protected] 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/s8h4fNmJYKICC (@ICC) August 5, 2018Virat Kohli wants his batsmen to look in the mirror after Edgbaston defeatDon Bradman (961) and Steve Smith (947) are the two batsmen sitting on top of this exclusive list.Adelaide 2014, Birmingham 2018: Virat Kohli let down by India’s other batsmenMeanwhile, India sit comfortably on top in the team rankings with 125 points while England, who have had a poor time at home recently, are fifth with 97 points.Edgbaston Test: Sam Curran inspired by ‘how Virat Kohli batted with the tail’Incidentally, England captain Joe Root is number three in the rankings for Test batsmen. He has 855 points and would look to a good series himself. Root struggled to lead from the front during the Ashes but he will draw inspiration from his sensational performances in India in late 2016. Besides, the top-10 has another Indian, Cheteshwar Pujara (ranked 6th), who also had a poor tour of England in 2014.England pace ace James Anderson (892 points) leads the ICC Test rankings for bowlers. India spinners Ravindra Jadeja and R Aswhin also feature in the top-10. Jadeja is ranked third with 866 points while Ashwin is fifth with 811 points.(With ICC inputs)last_img read more