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India vs England: Virat Kohli looks to topple Steve Smith, become number one Test batsman

Virat Kohli trails Steve Smith, who is currently serving 12 months ban due to his role in ball tampering, by 26 points and will have to produce a string of strong performances against England to leapfrog the Australian.

cricket Updated: Jul 30, 2018 16:04 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Virat Kohli had a miserable tour of England in 2014 but should the Indian skipper do well with the bat this time around, he could leapfrog Smith to the top of the rankings. (Action Images via Reuters)

Virat Kohli will undoubtedly be hoping to inspire the Indian cricket team to a series win in England, but the skipper could also become the number one Test batsman in the ICC rankings.

Kohli had a miserable tour of England in 2014 but should the Indian skipper do well with the bat this time around, he could leapfrog Smith to the top of the rankings.

Kohli trails Smith, who is currently serving 12 months ban due to his role in ball tampering, by 26 points and will have to produce a string of strong performances to leapfrog the Australian.

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Amongst the batsmen, both England and India have five each inside the top-50.

India’s Cheteshwar Pujara is sixth, followed by Lokesh Rahul 18th, Ajinkya Rahane 19th, Murali Vijay 23rd and Shikhar Dhawan 24th, while England’s Joe Root is ranked third (48 points behind Kohli), Alistair Cook 13th, Jonny Bairstow 16th, Ben Stokes 28th and Moeen Ali 43rd.

Among the bowlers, England fast bowler James Anderson will aim to defend his number-one ranking.

Apart from Anderson, Stuart Broad is the other England bowler who features inside the top-30 in 12th position.

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In contrast, India boasts six bowlers inside the top-30, including two spinners in Ravindra Jadeja (third) and Ravichandran Ashwin (fifth), and four fast bowlers, namely Mohammed Shami (17th), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (25th), Ishant Sharma (26th) and Umesh Yadav (28th).

India’s left-arm spinner Kuldep Yadav, who caused problems for the England batsmen in the ODI series, is ranked outside the top-50 in 56th position.

(With inputs from PTI)

First Published: Jul 30, 2018 15:58 IST