After India lost the first Test to New Zealand in Wellington by 10 wickets, Steve Smith returned to the top in ICC Test Player Rankings, replacing Virat Kohli and pushing the Indian skipper to the second spot. India, however, continued to be at the top of the ICC Test ranking table despite
Kohli posted a total of 21 runs in his two innings of the first Test and 17 in the 2nd Test as New Zealand beat India 2-0 in the two-match Test series. The Indian skipper lost his No. 1 spot after managing to score 2 and 19 in the Wellington Test. Kohli, who has not scored a century in the last 22 innings, now has 886 points at the second spot, while Smith stands at the top spot with 911 points.
The last batsman apart from Smith and Kohli to be No. 1 is New Zealand’s Kane Williamson, for an eight-day period in December 2015. Williamson now stands at the fourth position, after Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne at the third.
New Zealand opener Tom Blundell and his Indian counterpart Prithvi Shaw and debutant paceman Kyle Jamieson were among the biggest movers in the rankings, released on Tuesday. Shaw, who returned for his first series since his Test debut against West Indies in 2018, and made a punchy 54 in the first innings of the Christchurch Test, rose 17 places to No.76.
Among bowlers, Tim Southee’s Player of the Series winning performance against India took him into the top five, with a jump of two places to No.4, while Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult returned to the top 10, gaining four places each to occupy the seventh and ninth positions respectively.
India have 116 rating points, six more than New Zealand with third-placed Australia accumulating 108 points. The 0-2 result against New Zealand was India’s first series loss in the World Test Championship.
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