Joe Root Suprasses Virat Kohli For The First Time Since 2017
By CricShots - Feb 10, 2021 7:19 pm
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The English skipper, Joe Root has finished ahead of his Indian counterpart, Virat Kohli in the ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings, for the first time since November 2017. Root is now 36 points behind Kane Williamson (919), who is standing at the numero uni position and trails second-placed Steve Smith (891) by eight points.

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Joe Root scored a brilliant ton

The 30-year-old Englishman’s 218 in the first Test against India at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, has helped him to take a leap of a couple of places to reach the third spot. Root has accumulated 684 runs in three Tests played in the sub-continent recently, with a couple of games held in Sri Lanka. Kohli has slipped down one spot to the fifth position, with Marnus Labuschagne occupying the fourth spot.

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Joe Root is now having 883 points under his belt which is his highest since September 2017 in the Men’s Test Player Rankings for him. Labuschagne has earned 878 points with 852 ratings points for Kohli.

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Virat Kohli and Joe Root

Rishabh Pant’s knock of 91 in the first innings of the opening Test against England, has helped him become the first full-time Indian wicket-keeper batsman, to surpass the tally of 700 rating points. He continues to retain the 13th position among batsmen.

The veteran English fast bowler, James Anderson has jumped to the third place from the sixth position, trailing second-placed Stuart Broad by four points in the bowler’s rankings. Anderson is at his highest ranking since the beginning of the ICC World Test Championship. The Australian fast bowler, Pat Cummins has been standing at the numero uno position in the bowler’s rankings having accumulated 908 points.

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English cricketer Ben Stokes is on top of the all-rounder’s rankings, with 428 points. Jason Holder and Ravindra Jadeja occupy the second and third spots, with 414 and 410 points respectively.