Virat Kohli moves to No.2 in ICC Test Batsmen’s Rankings
by Ankit Editor
Published - Dec 13, 2016 9:58 am | Updated - Dec 13, 2016 9:58 am
Indian Test captain Virat Kohli who scored a magnificent double hundred to lead the team to an innings victory over England in the fourth Test at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai has achieved career best ranking in the latest ICC Test Rankings. Virat who was on No.3 before the match has gained one position and toppled England batsman Joe Root to rise to the second spot.
His knock of 235 in the first inning was not only his personal best but also the highest individual score by an Indian captain in the format. Virat overhauled MS Dhoni’s record of 224 that he had scored against Australia in Chennai. Powered by his double ton Team India posted 631 runs in the first innings which gave them a 231-run first innings lead.
England in their second inning were once again stumbled by the Indian spinners with Ravichandran Ashwin leading the charge with his second 6-wicket haul of the match. In the Test Ranking update after the match, Virat has gained 53 points for his man of the match winning performance and that took his points tally to 886 and he raced ahead of Root who now sits in the third place with 854 points.
With the Chennai Test still to play and the form the Indian skipper is carrying it is a certain possibility that he might ace ahead of Australian skipper Steve Smith who tops the ranking as the difference between the two has narrowed down to just 11 points now.
Ashwin who returned with a match haul of 12 wickets while completing his 24th five-wicket haul and overtaking legend Kapil Dev in the list of Indian bowlers with most five-wicket hauls also earned 13 points to extend his lead at the top of the Test bowlers rankings. He is 37 points ahead of the second ranked Rangana Herath. Though Ashwin didn’t have the best of the games with the bat he continues to rule the allrounders chart as well.
Among other players involved in the India v England 4th Test James Anderson maintained the fourth spot but remaining wicket-less in the match cost him 16 points. Jonny Bairstow who has been the most consistent English batsman on the tour failed in the first inning scoring just 14 runs but had a better outing the second time to get a half century but he still dropped a place to No.10.
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