Virat Kohli Replaces Cheteshwar Pujara In ICC Test Rankings
By CricShots - Dec 7, 2017 10:04 am
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Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara

After completing a record-breaking Test series against Sri Lanka, India skipper Virat Kohli has taken a leap of three places to reach the second spot in ICC’s latest Test rankings for batsmen.

Virat recorded his career-best score (243) in the recently-concluded third and final Test against Sri Lanka at his home ground, Kotla and thus ended the series with a mammoth tally of 610 runs.

After scoring his 20Test century in Delhi, Kohli leapfrogged Cheteshwar Pujara, Kane Williamson and Joe Root to reach the second position in ICC Test batting rankings, only behind Australia skipper Steve Smith.

Smith is leading the table with 938 rating points followed by Virat (893), Root (879), Pujara (873), and Williamson (865) as other 4 in the top 5. Before the Delhi Test, only 11 points separated second-ranked Pujara from fifth-ranked Kohli. Following the latest performances, the gap has increased slightly with 28 points now separating second-ranked Kohli from fifth-ranked Williamson.

As far as the Test bowling list is concerned – English pacer James Anderson leads the chart with 732 rating points 894 rating points while Proteas speedster Kagiso Rabada (876) and Indian spinner Ravindra Jadeja (870) are slotted at number 2 and 3 position respectively. Ravichandran Ashwin (829) and Rangana Herath (799) are the other two spinners who are placed in the top 5 of ICC’s latest Test rankings for bowlers.