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Virat Kohli returns to the top of ICC Test rankings after phenomenal Trent Bridge show

Virat Kohli’s batting display at Trent Bridge took him to 937 rating points and helped him topple Steve Smith from the top of the ICC batting charts.

cricket Updated: Aug 23, 2018 14:17 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Virat Kohli celebrates after scoring a century in the second innings of the Trent Bridge Test.(REUTERS)

Riding on the back of his match-winning knocks of 97 and 103 in the just concluded third Test between India and England at Trent Bridge, Virat Kohli is back to the top of the ICC Test rankings for batsmen. According to an ICC release, the India skipper’s batting display took him to 937 rating points and that helped him topple Steve Smith from the top of the charts. Having reached the No.1 spot after the Edgbaston Test, a poor outing at Lord’s saw him slip down.

With 937 points to his name, Kohli is now just one point outside the top 10 of an all-time rating points list: Don Bradman (961 points), Steve Smith (947), Len Hutton (945), Jack Hobbs and Ricky Ponting (both on 942), Peter May (941), and Gary Sobers, Clyde Walcott, Vivian Richards and Kumar Sangakkara (all on 938 points).

Kohli wasn’t the only one who rose on the ranking list. All-rounder Hardik Pandya had a great match as he first picked his maiden fifer in the England first innings and then hit an unbeaten 52 in India’s second innings. It meant Pandya rose to No.51 in the batsmen’s rankings, a jump of eight spots, but his rising stock was more keenly felt in the bowlers’ charts: he moved up 23 places to No.51, with a career-high 340 points. His all-round display meant he also moved up significantly in the all-rounders rankings: he now sits at No.17, after a massive jump of 27 places.

Back after an injury lay-off, Jasprit Bumrah also impressed as he finished with figures of 5/85 in the second innings. It helped Bumrah, after just four Tests, move up to No.37 in the rankings. Shikhar Dhawan, who returned to the side after being dropped at Lord’s, and Ajinkya Rahane, who found much-needed form again with a crucial 81 in the first innings, both moved up four places. Dhawan now sits at No.22 in the batsmen’s rankings, three places below Rahane at No.19.

Even though England suffered a humiliating loss, Jos Buttler’s maiden Test century saw him move up 22 places to No.47 in the batters’ chart. Adil Rashid, who picked up four wickets in the match and scored 33* in the second innings, made gains as well: he jumped up eight spots among both batsmen and all-rounders, and is now 116th in the batting charts and 43rd among all-rounders.

First Published: Aug 23, 2018 14:16 IST