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Virat Kohli jumps to second spot in latest ICC Test rankings

The Indian captain is already No.1 in the ICC batting rankings for ODIs and T20Is.


Kohli scored a career-best 243 at the Kotla
Kohli scored a career-best 243 at the Kotla

Indian captain Virat Kohli jumped three places to reach the second spot in the latest ICC Test rankings released after the end of the India-Sri Lanka Test series. Kohli scored 243, his career-best score, in the final Test of the series in Delhi, his hometown, with an eventual draw resulting in India clinching the series 1-0.

He ended with 610 runs from the three-Test series, going past David Warner and Kane Williamson in the table, and now stands only behind Steve Smith in the batting rankings.

With him currently occupying the No.1 spot in ODIs and T20Is, he has a chance to reach the top spot in all three formats early next year. Ricky Ponting is the only batsman to have been at the top of the rankings in all three formats at the same time, when T20s were in their nascent stages in 2005-06.

Kohli has Cheteshwar Pujara for company as the other Indian in the top-10 batting rankings. The Saurashtra-born batsman slipped two places, and is now fourth.

The new update also takes into account the second Test of the ongoing Ashes, with Shaun Marsh, who had scored an unbeaten 126, gaining six places to reach the 27th spot.

His teammate Mitchell Starc moved two places to reach eight, while his bowling partner Pat Cummins gained two places to stand at 43.

For India, Ravindra Jadeja slipped one spot to reach third in the bowlers' rankings, with South African pacer Kagiso Rabada pipping him to the second spot. Ravichandran Ashwin continues to hold onto his position at No.4.

Here are the complete rankings:

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank     (+/-)       Player                 Team      Pts         Avge     Highest Rating

  1         ( - )         Steve Smith Aus       938       60.40     941 v Eng at Brisbane 2017

  2         (+3)        Virat Kohli            Ind         893       53.75     895 v Ban at Hyderabad 2017

  3         ( - )         Joe Root               Eng        879       53.05     917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

  4         (-2)         Cheteshwar Pujara           Ind         873       52.96   888 v SL,Nagpur 2017

  5         (-1)         Kane Williamson NZ          865       50.66     893 v Aus at Perth 2015

  6         ( - )         David Warner      Aus        815       48.18     880 v NZ at Perth 2015

  7         ( - )         Hashim Amla      SA          795       49.87     907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

  8         ( - )         Azhar Ali               Pak        755       46.62     787 v Aus at Melbourne 2016

  9         (+8)        D. Chandimal      SL          743!      43.94     743 v Ind at Delhi 2017

 10       ( - )         Dean Elgar          SA          732       42.30     740 v NZ at Dunedin 2017  

Bowlers (top 10)

Rank     (+/-)      Player                     Team    Pts         Avge     Highest Rating

  1         ( - )         James Anderson Eng        894       27.34    896 v Win at Lord's 2017

  2         (+1)        Kagiso Rabada   SA          876!      22.71    876 v Ban at Bloemfontein 2017

  3         (-1)         Ravindra Jadeja Ind         870       23.73    899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017

  4         ( - )         R. Ashwin      Ind         829       25.44    904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016

  5         ( - )         Rangana Herath SL          799       28.04    867 v Zim at Harare 2016

  6         ( - )         Josh Hazlewood Aus        786       25.97    863 v Ind at Bengaluru 2017

  7         (+2)        Neil Wagner        NZ          785!      28.05    785 v Win at Wellington 2017

  8         (+2)        Mitchell Starc       Aus        775       27.54    805 v Pak at Brisbane 2016

  9         (-2)         Nathan Lyon        Aus        774!      31.47    774 v Eng at Adelaide 2017

 10       (-2)         Dale Steyn           SA          748       22.30    909 v Win at Centurion 2014

All-rounders (top five)

Rank   (+/-)         Player                    Team    Pts         Highest Rating

  1       ( - )            Shakib Al Hasan Ban        438       489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017

  2       ( - )            Ravindra Jadeja Ind         415       438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017

  3       (+1)          Ben Stokes          Eng        380/*    396 v Win at Lord's 2017

  4       (-1)           R. Ashwin             Ind         369       493 v Eng at Mohali 2016

  5       ( - )            Moeen Ali             Eng        352       409 v SA at Old Trafford 2017 




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