Upwardly mobile Virat Kohli is chasing a unique record – to become the number 1 cricketer in all three formats of International Cricket Council rankings. At the end of the third India versus England Test in Mohali on Tuesday, Kohli has climbed one spot to number 3 in the ICC Test batting rankings.
Virat Kohli is already the number 1 T20 batsman in the world and number 2 in ODIs behind AB de Villiers. Kohli is within 14 points of No. 2 Joe Root of England. Australia’s captain Steve Smith leads the Test batting rankings.
The 28-year-old Kohli scored 62 and six not out to move to 833 points. Starting the series in the 15th position, Kohli has risen at a fast pace scoring 405 runs in the three Tests against England.
- Virat Kohli has scored over 400 runs in the current series against England
- Kohli was ranked number 15 in the Test rankings before start of England series
- India currently lead the five-match Test series 2-0
In the Mohali Test, Virat Kohli became only the fourth Indian batsman to make 40 or more runs in each of his first five innings in a series.
Rahul Dravid made five such scores against England in 2005-06. Navjot Sidhu did it in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series in 1997-98 and Sunil Gavaskar did it in England in 1979. Kohli has scores of 40, 49 not out, 167, 81 and 62 in the India vs England series so far.
England’s Jonny Bairstow has also reached a career-best ranking of ninth as he has shot up three places with knocks of 89 and 15 while Australia opener Usman Khawaja has moved up nine places to 19th rank after a match-winning knock of 145 that helped Australia win the day-night final Test against South Africa in Adelaide by seven wickets after losing the opening two Tests.
For South Africa, Faf du Plessis’s innings of 118 not out and 12 have helped him move up eight positions to 23rd rank while opener Stephen Cook has moved up 30 places to a career-best 44th position after scoring 40 and 104 in Adelaide.
Ross Taylor has moved up four places to take the 18th slot after scores of 37 and 102 not out in New Zealand’s 138 runs victory over Pakistan in Hamilton. New Zealand’s 2-0 win in the two-match series saw Pakistan slipping from second to fourth position in the team rankings.
Mohammad Shami rises to 19th among bowlers
Australia pace bowler Josh Hazlewood has moved into the top five for the first time after taking six wickets in Adelaide. He has moved up four places to take fifth position. Mohammad Shami of India is among three other pace rs who have also attained career-best rankings.
Mohammad Shami has moved up two places to take 19th position, England’s Ben Stokes has advanced four places to take 21st place while South Africa’s Kyle Abbott has gained seven places to reach 29th slot.
Meanwhile, in the list of all-rounders, Ravindra Jadeja has gained two slots to reach a career-best fourth slot after scoring a crucial 90 in his only innings in Mohali.
Jadeja’s spin partner Ravichandran Ashwin has consolidated his position at the top with 493 points, a tally not reached by anyone since retired South Africa player Jacques Kallis in 2008.