ICC Test rankings: Kohli ends 2019 on top, Pujara drops to fifth

Indian captain Virat Kohli maintained a sizeable lead over the Australia's Steve Smith at the top of the latest ICC Test batsmen rankings.

Virat Kohli continues to be the top ranked batsman in the world.   -  K.R. Deepak

Indian captain Virat Kohli will end the year at the top of the ICC Test ranking chart for batsmen while red-ball specialist Cheteshwar Pujara slipped a place to fifth.

With 928 points, Kohli is way ahead of second-placed Australian maestro Steve Smith (911) and New Zealand’s inspirational skipper Kane Williamson (822), while Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne, who has amassed 1,085 runs in 11 Tests this year, improved a place to grab the fourth spot.

Pujara was placed fifth with 791 points, while Ajinkya Rahane was joint seventh with 759 points.

With his enterprising 95 against England in the first Test, Quinton de Kock not only set up his team’s win, but also shot into the top of the latest rankings release on Monday.

In bowling, India’s lead pacer Jasprit Bumrah, returning from an injury layoff, remained static at sixth position with 794 points, while spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (772 points) and seamer Mohammed Shami (771) were ninth and tenth respectively in the order.

Australian pacer Pat Cummins was at the top of the standings with 902 points ahead of New Zealand's Neil Wagner (859) and South African paceman Kagiso Rabada (832).

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