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Twitter goes ablaze as Virat Kohli leapfrogs Steve Smith as No.1 ranked Test batsman

Smith didn't have a great series against Pakistan.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Indian captain Virat Kohli is back to where he belongs. After having lost his No.1 ranking for a Test batsman to former Australian captain Steve Smith in the past few months, regained his numero uno spot after the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings were announced on Wednesday. Steve Smith had overtaken the Indian superstar after having shellacked the English bowlers to the tune of 774 runs in four Tests at an average of 110.

The Indian captain had racked up a valiant 136 in the pink-ball Test against Bangladesh at the iconic Eden Gardens to reach 928 points to narrow down the gap with the Australian. However, Smith endured a rare off series against Pakistan where he managed 4 and 36 across the two innings of the recently concluded Test series at home.

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With an average of 20.0- Smith’s lowest in his Test career- it resulted in the champion batsman slip from 931 to 923 points. Kohli is now five points clear of Smith in the Test rankings for batsmen.

Smith will look to reclaim his spot against New Zealand

Talking about their ongoing rivalry, Virat Kohli and Steve Smith are daylights ahead of contemporaries in the current era as far as Test cricket is concerned. The former had taken over the former Australian captain when the latter was serving his ban courtesy the horrific ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town in March 2018 by racking up tons in England, Australia and against the West Indies at home.

However, Smith showed his class and pedigree as soon as he returned to Test cricket after serving his ban. In his very first series post the ban, the right-hander proceeded to stonewall the English attack, grinding them into the dust with absolute disdain and along with Marnus Labuschagne, was the lynchpin of Australia’s batting unit.

With Kohli not scheduled to play a Test until February 2020, Smith has a great chance to once again reclaim his spot when Australia takes on New Zealand in a three-Test series, starting December 12 in Perth. Meanwhile, Twitterati was excited to see Virat Kohli leapfrog his Australian competitor in the rankings.

Here’s how Twitter reacted:

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