ICC Test Rankings: Kohli returns to top with match-winning performance

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The man-of-the-match in India’s triumph at Trent Bridge, Virat Kohli has returned to the top of the International Cricket Council rankings.

India captain Virat Kohli has reached a personal best of 937 rating points while reclaiming the top position for batsmen in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings after the Trent Bridge Test, ICC has stated in a Press release.

The 29-year-old’s player of the match effort of 97 and 103 did not only help India reduce the deficit in the five-match series to 2-1 after winning the third Test by 203 runs but has also lifted him to the 11th best ever in terms of rating points.

Kohli, who claimed the top spot for the first time after the opening Test in Birmingham but dropped to second after the Lord’s defeat, is now only one point behind a group of four in the all-time list and with a good chance of going past them on current form that has seen him score 440 runs in the series.

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The top 10 in the list are Don Bradman (961 points), Steven Smith (947), Len Hutton (945), Jack Hobbs (942), Ricky Ponting (942), Peter May (941), Gary Sobers, Clyde Walcott, Vivian Richards and Sangakkara (all 938 points).

Cheteshwar Pujara remains the second highest ranked India batsman in the list, in the sixth position, while Ajinkya Rahane (up four places to 19th), Shikhar Dhawan (up four places to 22nd) and all-rounder Hardik Pandya (up eight places to 51st) have moved up after useful contributions at Trent Bridge.

Pandya has also reached the 51st spot in the bowlers’ rankings, gaining 23 slots to reach his career-best position after a crucial five-wicket haul in the first innings. His fellow fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah’s five-wicket haul in England’s second innings has also lifted him to a career-best 37th position after a gain of eight places.

For England, Jos Buttler’s valiant 106 in the second innings has lifted him 22 places to 47th position. Another significant gainer for England in the batsmen’s rankings is Adil Rashid, whose unbeaten 33 in the second innings has seen him gain eight slots to reach 116th position.

Rashid has also gained four slots to reach 47th position among bowlers after grabbing four wickets in the match, while Chris Woakes has inched up one place to 31st position after also finishing with four wickets in the third Test.

ICC TEST RANKINGS (as on 23 August)

Top 10 Batsmen

Rank Player Team Points Avg Highest Rating
1 Virat Kohli Ind 937 54.49 937 v Eng at Trent Bridge 2018
2 Steve Smith Aus 929 61.37 947 v SA at Durban 2018
3 Kane Williamson NZ 847 50.35 893 v Aus at Perth 2015
4 David Warner Aus 820 48.20 880 v NZ at Perth 2015
5  Joe Root Eng 818 51.27 917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015
6  C. Pujara Ind 763 49.30 888 v SL at Nagpur 2017
7 D. Karunaratne SL 754 37.28 754 v SA at Colombo (SSC) 2018
8 D. Chandimal SL 733 44.96 755 v Win at St Lucia 2018
9 Dean Elgar SA 724 41.05 784 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018
10 Aiden Markram SA 703* 47.27 759 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018

 

BOWLERS (Top 10)

Rank Player Team Points Avg Highest Rating
1 James Anderson Eng 826 26.85 937 v Eng at Trent Bridge 2018
2 Kagiso Rabada SA 800* 21.71 947 v SA at Durban 2018
3 Ravindra Jadeja Ind 795 23.11 893 v Aus at Perth 2015
4 Vernon Philander SA 792 21.54 880 v NZ at Perth 2015
5  Pat Cummins Aus 800* 23.81 917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015
6 Trent Boult NZ 795 27.84 888 v SL at Nagpur 2017
7   R. Ashwin Ind 792 25.45 754 v SA at Colombo (SSC) 2018
8   Rangana Herath SL 791 27.95 755 v Win at St Lucia 2018
9  Neil Wagner NZ 765 28.26 784 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018
10 Josh Hazlewood Aus 759 26.84 759 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018

 

ALL-ROUNDERS (Top Five)

Rank Player Team Points Highest Rating
1 Shakib Al Hasan Ban 470 489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017
2 Vernon Philander SA 370 379 v SL at Galle 2018
3 Ravindra Jadeja Ind 370 438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017
4 R. Ashwin Ind 367 493 v Eng at Mohali 2016
5  Jason Holder Win 354* 355 v Ban at Jamaica 2018

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