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Mon, 20 Jan 2020

Northeast Today

Virat Kohli reclaims No.1 Test rank

Virat Kohli reclaims No.1 Test rank
December 05
10:43 2019

NET Bureau

Virat Kohli has overtaken Steve Smith to become the No.1 Test batsman in the ICC rankings. Kohli went past Smith thanks to his sterling hundred against Bangladesh in the Day-night Test against Bangladesh at Eden Gardens.

Virat Kohli had held the top spot for a long time before Steve Smith reclaimed the numero uno position with a mind-numbing 774 runs from 4 Tests in the Ashes series against England.

However, while Virat Kohli scored a double hundred against South Africa and a hundred against Bangladesh, Steve Smith managed scores of 4 and 36 in a 2-Test series against Pakistan which was headlined by David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne.

Virat Kohli moved back to No.1 from the second spot after Steve Smith dropped points because of his low scores in Brisbane and Adelaide.

Virat Kohli, who has 7202 runs and 27 hundred from 84 Tests, will not play any more Tests in 2019. However, Steve Smith with 7013 runs and 26 hundred from 70 Tests, will get the opportunity to reclaim the top spot in 2 Tests against New Zealand. The third match of the series will be played in the New Year.

David Warner rose 12 spots to 5th on ICC Test rankings after his phenomenal 335 not out in the Adelaide Pink ball Test. His teammate Marnus Labuschagne has also risen to the 8th spot. Notably, he started the year at the 110th spot on the batting charts.

Meanwhile, India vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane dropped a spot to 6th after making way for David Warner in the top 5. India now have 3 Indians in the top 10 with Virat Kohli leading the list and Cheteshwar Pujara at 4 and Rahane at the 6th spot.

England captain Joe Root, who was struggling for form, has also returned to the top 10 after his historic double hundred in the Hamilton Test against New Zealand.

Pakistan star Babar Azam rose 2 spots to 13th after some fine outings in Australia. The young batsman hit his 2nd Test hundred in The Gabba Test and followed it up with 97 in the Adelaide Day-night Test.

Top 10 batsman in ICC Test rankings

1. Virat Kohli – 928

2. Steve Smith – 923

3. Kane Williamson – 877

4. Cheteshwar Pujara – 791

5. David Warner – 764

6. Ajinkya Rahane – 759

7. Joe Root – 752

8. Marnus Labuschagne 731

9. Henry Nicholls – 726

10. Dimuth Karunaratne – 723

Source: India Today

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