Virat Kohli’s monumental unbeaten knock of 254 within the second Check towards South Africa has catapulted the India skipper to inside one rating-point of the No1 Steve Smith within the newest ICC Rankings for batsmen.
Kohli’s report seventh Check double-ton and private finest within the format has seen the India man claw again the massive deficit he had surrendered to the Aussie batsman following the latter’s superlative shows within the 2019 Ashes collection.
The India star’s failure to register a single ton in his earlier 10 Check innings had seen his No1 rating usurped by Smith with the Aussie stretching that result in as many as 38 factors within the earlier ICC replace.
A lean spell within the format had seen Kohli’s ranking drop under 900 however he has as soon as once more surpassed that landmark with the newest replace pegging him at 936 factors. Smith, in the meantime, stays one level forward on 937.
⬆️ Ashwin⬇️ PhilanderAfter taking six wickets in India’s win over South Africa in Pune, R Ashwin has continued his rise within the @MRFWorldwide ICC Check Rankings for bowlers.— ICC (@ICC) October 14, 2019
With the third and ultimate Check between India and South Africa nonetheless to come back, Kohli now has a golden alternative to reclaim his No1 rating with Smith not attributable to play in Australia’s whites till November 21 no less than.
There have been additionally additional large positive aspects for India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin who claimed a complete of six wickets within the Pune Check to make the leap to seventh place within the rankings for bowlers.
Amongst batsmen, opener Mayank Agarwal’s two centuries in as many Checks towards the Proteas has seen the India right-hander climb to a career-best 17th spot within the rankings.
Kohli, Agarwal and Ashwin shall be in motion as soon as once more when the third Check between India and South Africa will get underway in Ranchi on Saturday.


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