Virat Kohli gained 37 points to reach 936 points in latest ICC Test Rankings. © AFP
Virat Kohli, after scoring a match-defining double century in the Pune Test against South Africa, has significantly bridged the gap to Steve Smith, the top-ranked batsman in Test cricket, in the latest Test Player Rankings released by International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday. Virat Kohli thanks to his highest Test knock of 254 not out in the just-concluded Test is now only one point adrift of Australia’s star batsman who is on top with 937 points. Kohli gained 37 points to reach 936 points. Virat Kohli’s record Test innings not only helped India beat South Africa by an innings and 137 runs but also helped the clinch the three-Test series, with one match remaining.
The Indian skipper had lost his top spot in Test cricket to Smith after he had a sensational Ashes 2019 where he scored in excess of 700 runs in just seven innings.
Kohli had further dropped points after he failed to make his mark in the Test series opener against South Africa. The Indian skipper had only managed scored of 20 and 31 not out in the two innings in the first Test in Vizag.
After his dismal performance, Kohli had dropped below 900-point mark for the first time since January 2018.
Kohli’s current rating points is just one point below his career-best rating points which he achieved in August 2018.
Kohli, who also holds the top spot in One-day Internationals (ODIs) will have a chance to regain the top spot after the final Test in Ranchi, starting October 19.
Mayank Agarwal, who was the only other centurion apart from Kohli, also climbed several places to reach the top 20 for the first time in his career. Agarwal’s innings of 108 helped him jump eight spots to reach 17th position.
Virat Kohli scored a match-defining double century in the Pune Test
Virat Kohli has significantly bridged the gap to top-ranked Steve Smith
Virat Kohli is now only one point adrift of Steve Smith