Virat Kohli receives a shot in the arm in ICC Test rankings, Kane Williamson loses top spot ahead of WTC final

  • Ahead of the WTC final, India captain Virat Kohli rose to fourth spot in ICC Test rankings but New Zealand sipper Kane Williamson lost his top spot.
Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson(Getty Images)
Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson(Getty Images)
Published on Jun 16, 2021 04:19 PM IST
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India captain Virat Kohli and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson will have mixed feelings after ICC released the latest Test rankings a couple of days ahead of the World Test Championship final. While Kohli gained a spot after England skipper Joe Root slipped to No.5, Williamson lost his top spot to Australia’s Steve Smith.

Smith reclaimed the No.1 ranking for batsmen for the first time since the Boxing Day Tests last year.

He takes over from New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, who is set to lead his team in WTC final against India at the Hampshire Bowl in Southampton from Friday.

Kohli, meanwhile rose to the fourth spot with 814 points after Root slipped to the fifth position due to an ordinary series against New Zealand.

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Keeping Kohli company in the top 10 is flamboyant Indian wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant (747 points) and star opener Rohit Sharma (747 points), who have retained their joint sixth position.

Williamson, who missed the second Test against England at Edgbaston due to injury after scoring 13 runs in the drawn first Test at Lord’s, has slipped five points behind Smith’s 891 rating points and is second in the batters’ list.

This means that Smith has been at the top for 167 Tests played worldwide in total, only behind Garry Sobers (189 matches) and Viv Richards (179 matches).

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Matt Henry’s player of the match performance (three wickets in each innings) has lifted him to a career-best 307 points and 64th position while Ajaz Patel too is at a career-high points tally of 323. Devon Conway continues his good run and is in joint-61st position.

England’s second innings total was their lowest against New Zealand at home but Dan Lawrence’s first innings unbeaten 81 has lifted him up 16 places to a career best 396 points.

The latest men’s weekly update, that also includes performances from the first Test between South Africa and the West Indies in St Lucia, sees Quinton de Kock in joint-12th position with Cheteshwar Pujara while his compatriot Adrian Markram has advanced two slots to reach 14th position.

De Kock, who was named player of the match for scoring an unbeaten 141 that helped his team win by an innings and 63 runs, has gained 11 positions to attain his highest position since December 2019.

South Africa’s pace bowlers too have made rapid strides after the huge win.

Formerly top-ranked Kagiso Rabada has gained two spots to reach seventh place after a five-wicket haul in the second innings, Anrich Nortje is up into the top 30 for the first time in his career finishing with seven wickets in the match, while Lungi Ngidi is up 14 places to 44th position with a first-innings five-wicket haul.

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