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Virat Kohli reaches second in ICC Test rankings

By Unnikrishnan
Virat Kohli

Bengaluru, December 7: India captain Virat Kohli has moved up three places to grab second position among batsmen in the ICC Test Player Rankings after registering his career-best score in the third and final Test against Sri Lanka.

Kohli's first-innings knock of 243 was followed with a 50 as he finished with 610 runs in the series, which India won 1-0.

Kohli, who slammed back-to-back double-centuries and recorded three-figure scores in three consecutive matches, started the series in sixth position but has leapfrogged David Warner, Cheteshwar Pujara, Kane Williamson and Joe Root after the stupendous run which saw him average 152.50.

Though 45 points separate him from Australia captain Steve Smith, Kohli would be eyeing the chance of reaching the zenith in all three formats since he is the current No 1 in ODIs and T20Is.
Smith though has been in a different league and last week reached 941 points, the joint fifth-highest in terms of the highest points tally in batting history in Tests. Smith is now on 938 points while Kohli is on 893 points.

Test team

1 India: 124

2 South Africa: 111

3 England: 105

4 New Zealand: 97

5 Australia: 97

6 Sri Lanka: 94

7 Pakistan: 88

8 West Indies: 75

9 Bangladesh: 72

10: Zimbabwe: 2


Batsmen's rankings

1 Steve Smith: 938

2 Virat Kohli: 893

3 Joe Root: 879

4 C Pujara: 873

5 K Williamson: 865


Bowlers' ranking

1 James Anderson: 894

2 Kagiso Rabada: 876

3 Ravindra Jadeja: 870

4 R Ashwin: 820

5 Rangana Herath: 799

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