India captain Virat Kohli will play his first Test series of 2020 as the world number one batsman as he has maintained his numero uno status in the latest ICC Test Rankings. India’s first Test series of this year will be against New Zealand. The Virat Kohli-led side will play a couple of Tests against New Zealand, starting on February 21.
Among other batsmen, Pakistan star Babar Azam has gained two spots on the back of his fine performance in the Rawalpindi Test against Bangladesh. The right-handed batsman moved two places up and attained the fifth spot after scoring 143 in the Test which Pakistan won by an innings and 44 runs.
There was no change in the top four of the rankings. Virat Kohli is followed by Australian due Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne at number two and three respectively. New Zealand captain Kane Williamson is at the fourth spot.
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In the top-ten, David Warner and Cheteshwar Pujara slipped to sixth and seventh spot respectively after falling one spot each. Apart from Virat Kohli and Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane is the only other Indian in the top-ten. He is at the ninth spot. England’s Joe Root and Ben Stokes are at eighth and tenth spot respectively.
In the bowlers’ ranking, Pat Cummins is at the top followed by New Zealand’s Neil Wagner, West Indies’ Jason Holder, South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada and Australia’s Mitchell Starc. Jasprit Bumrah is the highest-ranked Indian bowler at the sixth spot. Ravichandran Ashwin (8th) and Mohammed Shami (9th) are the other Indian bowlers in the top ten.
In the team’ rankings, India continue to assert their dominance at the top. Australia, England, New Zealand and South Africa complete the top five. Pakistan are at the seventh spot while Bangladesh are at ninth.