Indian captain Virat Kohli has lost his reign in the Test rankings. In the latest ICC Test rankings released, Australia’s Steve Smith has been ranked number one in the batsmen’s rankings by beating Virat Kohli. Steve Smith reached the top in the Test rankings with 911 points. At the same time, Virat Kohli has slipped from first place to second place. Kohli currently has 906 points.
On 4 December 2019, Virat Kohli won the number-1 crown in current cricket by defeating his strong rival Steam Smith, but he could not retain it. Australian pacer Steam Smith once again secured the first position in the latest ICC Test rankings released on Wednesday.
ICC Test Rankings
Earlier in the ICC Test Rankings released on September 3, 2019, Steve Smith took the number-1 position from Virat Kohli. At that time, Virat had been at number one for 13 consecutive months.
In fact, Virat Kohli, who was dismissed for the first ball in the second innings of the Jamaica Test (30 August – 2 September 2019) against the West Indies, had to bear the brunt of it in the Test rankings.
Smith then had 904 points, while Virat Kohli slipped to second place with 903 points and Smith returned to first place after August 2018. ICC Test Rankings.
And now Virat Kohli failed with the bat in the Wellington Test against New Zealand. He scored 2 and 19 runs on the bouncy pitch of Basin Reserve. He had to bear the brunt of it. Due to this failure of the captain, not only did Team India lose the Test by 10 wickets, but Virat himself lost his reign in Test cricket.
Rahane – Mayank Benefit
Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, and Mayank Agarwal ranked eighth, ninth and 10th respectively in this list. Rahane, who scored 75 in the first Test, has gained one place. Agarwal has returned to his career-best rankings by scoring 92 runs including a half-century in the second innings.
ICC Test Rankings Of Bowlers
Pujara has slipped two places after scoring 11–11 in both innings. Australia’s Steve Smith has once again reached the top due to the departure of Kohli. Smith, who became the world’s number one Test batsman for the first time in June 2015, reached the top for the eighth time. Apart from Smith and Kohli, the last time Kane Williamson became the world’s number one batsman for eight days in December 2015.
R. Loss to Ashwin
Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who took three wickets for 99 runs in the first innings against New Zealand, is at the ninth position after losing one place in the bowling list. He is the only Indian bowler in the top 10 with 765 points.
Ishant Sharma Climbed One Place
Fast bowler Ishant Sharma, who took five wickets in the first Test. Returned after the injury, ranked 17th by gaining one place. New Zealand fast bowlers Tim Southee and Trent Boult have gained a lot in the ICC Test Rankings, taking nine and five wickets respectively in the first Test against India.
Saudi has gained eight places to reach number six. This is Saudi’s best ranking after a career-best fifth ranking in June 2014. Bolt is in joint 13th position with the advantage of four places. In the list of all-rounders, Ravindra Jadeja and Ashwin are at the third and fifth positions respectively. Jadeja did not play in the first Test, while Ashwin, who played zero and four runs, has lost one place.