Australia’s Steve Smith is back as the No. 1 batsman in the ICC Test Player Rankings as Team India captain Virat Kohli slides to the second position.
Kohli dismal showing the first Test in New Zealand cost him the top spot, at the Indian skipper could manage only 21 runs in his two innings as India lost the match by 10 wickets.
India opener Mayank Agarwal is back at a career-best 10th position with his highest aggregate points tally, the International Cricket Council stated in a Press release.
This is the eighth time that Smith is on top of the rankings after first occupying the top position in June 2015. The last batsman apart from Smith and Kohli to be No. 1 is New Zealand’s Kane Williamson, for an eight-day period in December 2015.
In the latest update, that also includes the one-off Test between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in Mirpur, won by the hosts by an innings and 106 runs, Williamson has gained 31 points after his innings of 89 due to the low team scores in the match and the highly-rated India attack, facts considered in the calculation of rating points.
New Zealand’s Ross Taylor and Colin Grandhomme have moved up the batsmen’s list while fast bowlers Tim Southee and Trent Boult have made big gains after finishing with nine and five wickets, respectively. Southee has advanced eight spots to take sixth position, which is his highest since a career-best fifth place in June 2014. Boult has moved up four slots to take joint-13th position.
Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim has risen five places to return to the top 20 after his double-century in Mirpur while captain Mominul Haque has moved up five places to 39th after a score of 132. Nayeem Hasan is the big news for the team with his nine wickets lifting him 29 places to 38th position among bowlers. Abu Jayed has moved up 11 places to 46th.
Craig Ervine top-scored in both innings for Zimbabwe to progress 15 places. He is one place behind his best of 41st achieved in July 2017.
In the ICC World Test Championship, New Zealand are on 120 points after gaining 60 points for the Wellington victory. They had won 60 points in a 1-1 draw against Sri Lanka while this is the first match that top-placed India have lost.
ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 26 February):
Top Ten batsmen: 1 Steve Smith (Aus, 911); 2. Virat Kohli (Ind, 906); 3. K Williamson (NZ, 853); 4. M Labuschagne (Aus, 827*!); 5. Babar Azam (Pak, 800); 6. David Warner (Aus, 793); 7. Joe Root (Eng, 764); 8. Ajinkya Rahane (Ind, 760); 9. Cheteswar Pujara (Ind, 757); and 10. Mayank Agarwal (Ind, 727).
Top 10 bowlers: 1. Pat Cummins (Aus, 904); 2. Neil Wagner (NZ, 843); 3. Jason Holder (WI, 830); 4. Kagiso Rabada (SA, 802); 5. Mitchell Starc (Aus, 796); 6. Tim Southee (NZ, 794); 7. J Anderson (Eng, 775); 8. J Hazlewood (Aus, 769); 9. R Ashwin (Ind, 765); and 10. Kemar Roach (WI, 763).
Other selected rankings: 13. Trent Boult (NZ, 751); and 17. Ishant Sharma (Ind, 736).
Top 5 all-rounders: 1. Jason Holder (WI, 473); 2. Ben Stokes (Eng, 407); 3. R Jadeja (Ind, 397); 4. Mitchell Starc (Aus, 298); and 5. R Ashwin (Ind, 288).