Though his team lost the battle against Australia in Perth, Team India captain Virat Kohli continue to be top ICC ranker. He remained as the world’s best batsman. Test cricket. Kohli gained 14 points to reach 934 points in ICC Test rankings following his valiant first-innings hundred (123) in the second Test at Perth which Australia won by 146 runs to level the four-match series.
Young wicket keeper-batsman Rishabh Pant and pacer Jasprit Bumrah also attained their career-best positions in the latest ICC Test rankings released on Thursday. The India captain has thus increased his lead over New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson from seven to 19 points.
Pant gained 11 places to secure the 48th spot while India vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane moved up two places to progress into the top-15. In the bowlers’ list, Bumrah achieved a career-high ranking of 28 while fellow teammate Mohammad Shami moved two places to 24th.
Second-ranked Williamson too has something to cheer about after scoring 91 in the drawn first of two Tests against Sri Lanka. He has reached a personal best of 915 points, the joint-25th highest ever and equal with ICC Hall of Famer George Headley of the West Indies.
New Zealand opener Tom Latham is another major gainer after an outstanding Test performance of 264 not out that not only won him the Man of the Match award but has also lifted him 15 slots to a career-best 22nd position.