Virat Kohli gets close to Steve Smith in latest ICC Test Rankings after Adelaide Test

Virat Kohli gets close to Steve Smith in latest ICC Test Rankings after Adelaide Test

Smith scored only 1 run in the first innings and didn't get to bat much in the second.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. (Photo by WILLIAM WEST/AFP via Getty Images)

After the recently concluded Australia vs India Test in Adelaide, despite India’s capitulation, Virat Kohli managed to fractionally close the gap on Steve Smith at the top of the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings from 25 points to 13 points. Kohli’s first innings of 74 enabled him to gain two points, whereas Smith’s 1 & 1* lost him 10 points in the table.

Marnus Labuschagne’s innings of 47 & 6 in such a low-scoring match have pushed him to a career-best 839 points. Whereas, Captain Tim Paine’s player-of-the-match innings of 73 not out has lifted him with a career best of 33rd place with 592 points.  His previous best was 45th in December of 2018. Further down, Joe Burns unbeaten 51 saw him move into 48th place, the first time he has been in the top 50 since 2016.

With the ball, Pat Cummins took seven wickets in the match to gain six points and move from 904 to 910, which is a comfortable lead over Stuart Broad in second place. Australian pacer, Josh Hazelwood’s astonishing figures of 5/8 in India’s second innings helped him gain four spots and move back into the top five with 805 points, the first time since March 2018.

With four wickets in Australia’s first innings, India’s R Ashwin has overtaken Jasprit Bumrah as India’s top ranked bowler, currently in the ninth place.

Final changes of the year 2020

Three Test matches will commence on the Boxing Day (December 26) and we might witness big changes in the final rankings for the year 2020. Australia and India will face each other at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) while New Zealand will host Pakistan at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui and Sri Lanka and South Africa will lock horns at the Supersport Park in Centurion.

Virat Kohli will definitely miss out on some points going forward as he will not be playing the next three Tests. This presents a great chance to Steve Smith to increase the 23-point gap between him and the Indian skipper. However, Kohli has a chance then to recover with four Tests at home against England.

Here are latest Test rankings:

Top 10 batsmen

Rank Player Country Rating Points
1 Steve Smith Australia 911
2 Virat Kohli India 888
3 Kane Williamson New Zealand 877
4 Marnus Labuchagne Australia 839
5 Babar Azam Pakistan 797
6 David Warner Australia 793
7 Ben Stokes England 760
8 Cheteshwar Pujara India 755
9 Joe Root England 738
10 Tom Latham New Zealand 724

Top 10 bowlers

Rank Player Country Rating Points
1 Pat Cummins Australia 910
2 Stuart Broad England 845
3 Neil Wagner New Zealand 840
4 Tim Southee New Zealand 825
5 Josh Hazlewood Australia 805
6 Kagiso Rabada South Africa 802
7 Mitchell Starc Australia 800
8 James Anderson England 781
9 Ravi Ashwin India 777
10 Jason Holder West Indies 753

Top 5 all-rounders

Rank Player Country Rating Points
1 Ben Stokes England 446
2 Jason Holder West Indies 423
3 Ravindra Jadeja India 389
4 Shakib Al Hasan Bangladesh 366
5 Mitchell Sarc Australia 301