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Virat Kohli moves to 2nd; R Ashwin retains top spot in ICC Test rankings

Virat Kohli moved to his career-best second spot in ICC Test rankings, while Ravichandran Ashwin consolidated his position at the top of the bowler rankings.

cricket Updated: Dec 14, 2016 18:44 IST
Virat Kohli,Ravichandran Ashwin,India vs England
India captain Virat Kohli (R) celebrates with Ravichandran Ashwin (C) and Cheteshwar Pujara after the dismissal of England's Chris Woakes on the final day of the fourth Test cricket match between India and England.(AFP)

Indian Test captain Virat Kohli moved to his career-best second rank in the latest ICC Test Rankings for batsmen following his 235 in the fourth Test of the five-match series against England at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

The knock earned Virat Kohli 53 points and an average of over 50 in Test cricket too. Australia captain Steve Smith currently occupies the top spot with 897 points, 11 ahead of Kohli.

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The 28-year-old batsman, who is currently ranked second in One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and first in T20 Internationals, is just 11 points behind Smith, who will get a chance to maintain his top ranking in the upcoming three-Test series against Pakistan.

Meanwhile, ace Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has consolidated his position at the top of the ICC Rankings for Test Bowlers after his match haul of 12-167 in the Mumbai Test which helped the home side score an innings and 36 runs victory for a winning 3-0 lead in the series.

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Ashwin, who had touched the coveted 900-point mark for the first time in October when he had reclaimed the top-ranking, has reached 904 points to gain a 37-point lead over second-placed Rangana Herath of Sri Lanka.

Ashwin’s rating is the second best-ever by an off-spinner after Muttiah Muralidaran (920), fifth best among spinners after Tony Lock (912), Derek Underwood (907) and Shane Warne (905), and the 18th in the overall list.

First Published: Dec 14, 2016 15:12 IST