Virat Kohli jumped ten places in the latest ICC Test rankings for batsmen to go to his career best of number four with 822 rating points. The list is headed by Steve Smith with 897 rating points with Joe Root on number two (844) and Kane Williamson on number three (838). Kohli’s man of the match winning exploits in the second Test against England in Visakhapatnam saw the Indian skipper’s rise to his career best ranking. The Delhi batsman is ranked No 1 in the rankings of T20 batsmen and No 2 in the ODi rankings.
Kohli’s superb knocks of 167 and 81 in the second Test helped him climb into the top-10 – a position he has never held before. He also breached the 800 rating points mark for the first time to become the 11th Indian batsman to do so. The second Test scoring helped Kohli earn 97 points and inch closer to a possible No 1 ranking with the Mohali Test beginning from Saturday, November 26.
There was surge for another Indian batsman with Cheteshwar Pujara climbing one place to reach ninth in the Test rankings for batsmen after scoring 119 and one.
For England, Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes proved to be the only real run getters and were duly rewarded with rise in rankings. Bairstow has moved four places to 12th while Stokes has moved five places to 28th.
For the visiting England, Stuart Broad is up a place and Moeen Ali have climbed four places to reach fifth and 23rd positions respectively.