Virat regains top spot

Kohli is back as the No.1 Test batsman in the ICC rankings
Steve Smith lost points after a poor series against Pakistan
Kohli scored a hundred vs Bangladesh in Kolkata

New Delhi: India skipper Virat Kohli is back at the top of the batsmen’s list in the ICC Rankings for Test batsmen as Australia’s Steve Smith slipped behind him in the latest update released on Wednesday. Kohli, who had struck a fine 136 in the Day-Night Kolkata Test against Bangladesh last week to reach 928 points, is now five points clear as Smith’s knock of 36 in the Adelaide Test against Pakistan saw him slip to 923 points from 931 before the match. Ajinkya Rahane is at the sixth spot. Meanwhile, Mayank Agarwal has moved out of the top 10. Australia opener David Warner’s epic 335 not out has lifted him 12 places to the fifth position while Marnus Labuschagne is in the top 10 for the first time after being ranked as low as 110th at the start of the year. Pakistan middle-order batsman Babar Azam has moved up two places to 13th, thanks to his fighting knock of 97 in the first innings, while left-handed opener Shan Masood has gained 10 places to reach a career-best 47th position after striking 68 in the second innings. England captain Joe Root is back in the top 10 after spending a week outside it, his innings of 226 pulling him up to seventh from 11th. Rory Burns’s second Test century has pushed him into the top 40 for the first time. For New Zealand, Ross Taylor has gained two places to reach 16th among batsmen and Tim Southee has moved up one place to 13th among bowlers. In the bowlers’ ranking, Mitchell Starc has moved up four places to 14th after grabbing seven wickets in the Adelaide. Pakistan fast bowler Shaheen Afridi, one of the stars of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2018, has moved up 13 places to 49th among bowlers. West Indies captain Jason Holder’s five wickets have helped him move up one slot to third place with a career-best 830 rating points and he has also consolidated his position at the top of the all-rounders’ list.

Top 10 in ICC Test rankings

Virat Kohli – 928
Steve Smith – 923
Williamson – 877
Pujara – 791
David Warner – 764
Rahane – 759
Joe Root – 752
Labuschagne – 731
Henry Nicholls – 726
D.Karunaratne – 723

Shami storms into top-10 in ICC Test bowlers rankings

India pacer Mohammed Shami gained one spot to move into the top ten rankings for the bowlers after his spectacular performances against South Africa and Bangladesh. While Shami stands at 10th, ace off-spinner R Ashwin is on ninth with Jasprit Bumrah on fourth. In the first Test against Bangladesh, Shami rocked the visitors in Indore with 7 wickets before picking up two more. Bumrah, who has not played for India since the tour of West Indies, has managed to stay on in the top-10 while R Ashwin was the third Indian to feature in the list.

A hit away for landmark

Rohit is one six away from becoming first Indian to reach 400 sixes in international cricket. Also, the third player overall to cross the milestone after West Indies Chris Gayle (534 sixes). Rohit has been a stalwart for India at the top of the order in limited-overs. While his Test career did not hit the same heights for a long time, the Indian team’s decision to let him open the batting seems to have done the trick.