India skipper Virat Kohli has retained his top spot in the latest released MRF Tyres ICC Test Rankings for the batsmen. Kohli led India’s batting from the front earlier this year when they created history beating Australia 2-1 for the first time down under.
Kohli retains top spot
The prolific run-scorer, who scored a beautiful century against Australi on challenging situations in Perth now sits with 922 points at the top of the points table. New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson(913) occupies the second spot while Virat Kohli‘s teammate Cheteshwar Pujara(881) finds himself in the third spot in the latest rankings. Steve Smith (857) and Henry Nicholls (778) complete the top five. The former Australia skipper who has not played any Test match in the last year due to suspension will look to come back strongly and once again surge in the rankings.
Australia’s Pat Cummins dominates the bowler’s chart with 878 points while James Anderson (862) and Kagiso Rabada (851) points occupy the next two spot. The veteran England pacer had the opportunity to leapfrog Cumming when England play Ireland in the one-off Test at Lord’s starting from tomorrow, but Anderson will not feature in the game owing to a calf injury. Only two Indians feature in the top 10 with Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin holding the sixth and 10th spot respectively.
India, on the other hand, continue to sit on the top of the ICC Test Rankings for the teams. New Zealand, South Africa, England, and Australia occupy the next four spot. A change in the team rankings is on the cards when the all-important Ashes kicks off on August 1 at Edgbaston. Virat Kohli-led India will have the opportunity to strengthen their grip at the top when they play West Indies in a two-match series starting from August 22.