India skipper and team captain Virat Kohli is back to the top of the ICC Test rankings for batsmen. He regained the top position in ICC Test Batting Rankings after the third Test match against England at Trent Bridge. The 29-year old struck his 23rd century in the second innings and also scored 97 in the first innings in a match which India won by 203 runs.
With 937 points to his name, Kohli is now just one point outside the top 10 of an all-time rating points list: Don Bradman (961 points), Steve Smith (947), Len Hutton (945), Jack Hobbs and Ricky Ponting (both on 942), Peter May (941), and Gary Sobers, Clyde Walcott, Vivian Richards and Kumar Sangakkara (all on 938 points).
Kohli, who was named as the Player of the Match, reached 937 rating points, a career-best for him, to become the current No.1 Test batsman in the world. He had earlier reached the position two weeks ago after the first Test match in the series at Edgbaston in which he scored a hard-fought 149. But after registering scores of 23 and 17 in the second Test, Kohli slipped from the spot, giving the banned Australian cricket Steve Smith his original top position.
All-rounder Hardik Pandya also had a great match as he first picked his maiden fifer in the England first innings and then hit an unbeaten 52 in India’s second innings. It meant Pandya rose to No.51 in the batsmen’s rankings, a jump of eight spots.
But his rising stock was more keenly felt in the bowlers’ charts. He moved up 23 places to No.51, with a career-high 340 points. His all-round display meant he also moved up significantly in the all-rounders rankings, He now sits at No.17, after a massive jump of 27 places.