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Career-best for Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja in latest ICC Test rankings

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Virat Kohli's fairytale year continues to get better and better.

Virat Kohli
At this rate, it won’t be surprising if Kohli finishes the year as the No.1 ranked Test batsman

Virat Kohli's incredible series against England, which saw him bring up another fifty in the third Test helped him reach his career-best Test Ranking of No.3 in the latest ICC Rankings for Test batsmen. As far as the bowlers are concerned, Ravichandran Ashwin is still No.1 with Josh Hazlewood being the biggest mover and Ravindra Jadeja achieved his career-best of No.4 in the all-rounders rankings.

62 in the first innings and an unbeaten six in the second coupled with poor form of Younus Khan meant that Virat Kohli moved up to a career-best third spot in the latest rankings with 833 points. Having started the series in 15th position, Kohli’s 405 runs have helped him rocket up the rankings.

Steve Smith still has top spot as far as Test batsmen are concerned and has a 50 point lead over Root, who is second place and only 14 ahead of Kohli. However, with two more India-England Tests to go, both players will be looking to close the gap to the Australian captain before he next plays a Test match, against Pakistan.

There was also career-best positions for Jonny Bairstow, who moved up three places to ninth as he continued his fairytale year, Australian batsman Usman Khawaja, who moved up nine places to 19th and Stephen Cook, who climbed 30 places to a career-best 44th. The biggest loser though was Younus Khan, who moved down to ninth after his horror show in New Zealand.

As far as the bowlers are concerned, Ravichandran Ashwin is still No.1 and extended his lead over Sri Lanka’s Rangana Herath while there was personal bests achieved by Australia’s Josh Hazlewood, South Africa’s Kyle Abbott, India’s Mohammad Shami and England’s Ben Stokes.

Hazlewood’s performance in the Day-Night Test helped him move into the top five for the first time while Shami moved up two places to 19th Stokes climbed four to take the No.21 slot.

In the all-rounders rankings, Ravindra Jadeja is now at a career-best of No.4 after his crucial fifty in Mohali while his bowling partner in crime, Ashwin is still top but with 498 points, which is more than any all-rounder has achieved since Jacques Kallis in 2008.

ICC Test rankings for batsmen

RankPlayerRanking Points
1Steve Smith (AUS)897
2Joe Root (ENG)847
3Virat Kohli (IND)833
4Kane Williamson (NZ)817
Hashim Amla (SA)791
6AB de Villiers (RSA)778
7David Warner (AUS)772
8Cheteshwar Pujara (IND)760
9Jonny Bairstow (ENG)759
10Younis Khan (PAK)753

ICC Test rankings for bowlers

RankPlayerRanking Points
1Ravichandran Ashwin (IND)891
2Rangana Herath (SL)867
3Dale Steyn (SA)844
4James Anderson (ENG)834
Josh Hazlewood (AUS)815
6 Stuart Broad (ENG)812
7Ravindra Jadeja (IND)796
8Mitchell Starc (AUS)787
9Yasir Shah (PAK)781
10Neil Wagner (NZ)755

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