India vs Australia: Virat Kohli extends dominance as No. 1 Test batsman

India vs Australia: Virat Kohli extends dominance as No. 1 Test batsman

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli consolidated his position at the top of International Cricket Council (ICC) Test batsman rankings after the outstanding century he hit during India’s 146-run defeat in the Perth Test against Australia.The first innings-century – 123 runs from 257 balls – on a bounce and pace-rich Perth Stadium track has helped Virat Kohli accumulate 14 points and reach a total of 934, three away from his career-best Test rating points.The valiant century helped Virat Kohli extend his lead over second-ranked Kane Williamson from seven to 19 points. The New Zealand skipper was closing in on Kohli after a series of consistent scores in their historic 2-1 win against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.Nonetheless, Williamson has reached his personal best of 915 points, the joint-25th highest ever and equal with ICC Hall of Famer George Headley of the West Indies.Pant, Bumrah achieve career-best rankingsFor India, apart from Virat Kohli, vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane (up two places to 15th) and wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant (up 11 places to a career-best 48th) have also moved up among batsmen while fast bowlers Mohammad Shami (up two places to 24th) and Jasprit Bumrah (up five places to a career-best 28th) have advanced in the list for bowlers.There were more movements owing to performances in Perth with Player of the Match Nathan Lyon’s eight wickets helping grab a career-best seventh place, a position he had also previously attained in October last year. Josh Hazlewood (up two places to ninth) and Mitchell Starc (up one place to 15th) are the other Australia bowlers to move up.advertisementAmong their batsmen, Usman Khawaja (up one place to 12th), captain Tim Paine (up nine places to 46th) and Travis Head (up 16 places to 63rd) are the ones to move up the ladder after useful contributions against the world’s top-ranked Test side.New Zealand opener Tom Latham is another major gainer after an outstanding Test performance of 264 not out that not only won him the man of the match award but has also lifted him 15 slots to a career-best 22nd position. Fast bowler Tim Southee is another one to gain from the team, his eight wickets in the match helping gain four slots to reach 11th position.For Sri Lanka, former captain Angelo Mathews (83 and 120 not out) and Kusal Mendis (141 not out) have been rewarded after their match-saving efforts. Mathews has gained eight slots to reach 16th place while Mendis has moved up two slots to take 18th position. Among their bowlers, Lahiru Kumara has gained five slots to reach 43rd place after finishing with four wickets.Top 10 Test batsman (As on December 20, 2018)Virat KohliKane WilliamsonSteve SmithCheteshwar PujaraJoe RootDavid WarnerDimuth KarunaratneDean ElgarAzhar AliHenry NichollsTop 10 Test bowlersKagiso RabadaJames AndersonVernon PhilanderMohammad AbbasRavindra JadejaR AshwinNathan LyonPat CumminsJosh HazlewoodYasir ShahAlso Read | Sunil Gavaskar’s ultimatum to Virat Kohli if India fail to win Australia Test seriesAlso Read | PCB asked to pay 60 per cent of cost claimed by BCCI in compensation battleAlso See:last_img

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