Kohli maintains top spot in ICC Test rankings, Pujara third

Virat Kohli leads the chart with 992 rating points.

Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara are India's top two Test batsmen in the latest ICC rankings.   -  AFP

India captain Virat Kohli remained on top while team-mate Chesteshwar Pujara managed to hold on to his third position in the latest ICC Test rankings, where Sri Lankan Kusal Perera made a quantum leap of 58 places.

Kohli is leading the chart with 992 rating points ahead of New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson (897 points) and Pujara (881). Besides Kohli and Pujara, no other Indian feature in the top-10 list.

The left-handed Perera has reached a career-best 40th position after 15 Tests, scoring 51 and an unbeaten 153 that guided his team to an improbable win, partnering in the highest ever unbroken 10th-wicket stand in a winning cause in first-class cricket.

He added 78 runs for the last wicket with Vishwa Fernando (six not out) to beat an 83-year record set by the Australians against Madras in February 1936.

In the bowling rankings, Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins has overtaken Kagiso Rabada to grab the top spot.

Cummins is the first from his country since Glenn McGrath’s pole position in the list, back in February, 2006.

Cummins is leading the bowlers table ahead of England’s James Anderson and Rabada of South Africa.

Among the bowlers, India’s Ravindra Jadeja is placed fifth with 794 points. Jadeja also features in the all-rounders’ list at the third position ahead of West Indies’ Jason Holder and Shakib-Al Hasan.

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