Virat Kohli turns a headache for Steve Smith as he bridges the gap for No. 1 Test rank

Virat Kohli turns a headache for Steve Smith as he bridges the gap for No. 1 Test rank

Ashwin also jumped to seventh place in the bowlers' rankings.

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Virat Kohli. (Photo Source: Twitter)

India captain Virat Kohli has reached to within one point of top-ranked Steve Smith in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings after his imperious 254 not out in the second Test against South Africa in Pune helped take a winning 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Virat Kohli, who had dropped below 900 points after the first Test for the first time since January 2018, has reached 936 points, which is only one below his career-best rating points achieved in August 2018. The No. 1 ODI batsman thus has a chance to regain the top spot after the final Test in Ranchi.

Opener Mayank Agarwal continues to rise up the rankings. His innings of 108 has lifted him into the top 20 for the first time. He has progressed eight places to reach 17th position after contributing to India’s victory by an innings and 137 runs.

Ashwin jumps to seventh place in bowlers’ rankings:

Ravindra Jadeja is at a career-best 40th position among batsmen while spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and fast bowler Umesh Yadav have advanced among bowlers after finishing with six wickets each in Pune. Ashwin has gained three places to reach the seventh position while Yadav has moved up six places to 25th, just four below his best of 21st achieved in July 2016.

For South Africa, tail-enders Vernon Philander and Keshav Maharaj have gained with the bat. Philander has moved up from 92nd to 82nd while Maharaj has advanced from 130th to 115th.

India have gained 40 points in the ICC World Test Championship table after the Ranchi win to reach 200 points. They had won a full 120 points for a 2-0 series win in the West Indies and are in line to double that tally in this series.

The points in the WTC are evenly distributed over the number of matches in a series (two to five), which were decided by the Member countries as per their bilateral agreements. Thus, the points can vary from 60 for each match of a two-Test series to 24 for each match of a five-Test series.

Here are the latest player rankings:

Batsmen

Rank Player Country Points
1 Steve Smith Australia 937
2 Virat Kohli India 936
3 Kane Williamson New Zealand 878
4 Cheteshwar Pujara India 817
5 Henry Nicholls New Zealand 749
6 Joe Root England 731
7 Tom Latham New Zealand 724
8 Dimuth Karunaratne Sri Lanka 723
9 Ajinkya Rahane India 721
10 Quinton de Kock South Africa 704
17 Mayank Agarwal India 657
40 Ravindra Jadeja India 551
82 Vernon Philander South Africa 407
115 Keshav Maharaj South Africa 256

Bowlers

Rank Player Country Points
1 Pat Cummins Australia 908
2 Kagiso Rabada South Africa 835
3 Jasprit Bumrah India 818
4 Jason Holder West Indies 814
5 James Andreson England 798
6 Trent Boult New Zealand 795
7 Ravi Ashwin India 792
8 Vernon Philander South Africa 791
9 Neil Wagner New Zealand 785
10 Kemar Roach West Indies 780
25 Umesh Yadav India 600
114 Senuran Muthusamy South Africa 25

All-Rounders

Rank Player Country Points
1 Jason Holder West Indies 472
2 Ravindra Jadeja India 414
3 Shakib Al Hasan Bangladesh 397
4 Ben Stokes England 387
5 Ravi Ashwin India 328