Kohli reclaims top ICC ranking after match-winning effort

At 937 points, Kohli is the 11th best ever in terms of ratings.

Earlier, riding on his brilliant century against England in the opening Test at Edgbaston, Kohli had ended Steve Smith’s reign at the top to achieve the distinction for the first time in his career.   -  AFP

India captain Virat Kohli, on Thursday, reclaimed the top spot in the ICC rankings for Test batsmen after his brilliant show in the third Test against England saw the visitor keep the five-Test series alive.

Kohli scored 97 and 103 in the Nottingham Test which India won by 203 runs. Earlier, riding on his brilliant century against England in the opening Test at Edgbaston, Kohli had ended Steve Smith’s reign at the top to achieve the distinction for the first time in his career.

At 937 points, Kohli is the 11th best ever in terms of ratings. The top 10 in the list are Don Bradman (961 points), Steven Smith (947), Len Hutton (945), Jack Hobbs (942), Ricky Ponting (942), Peter May (941), Gary Sobers, Clyde Walcott, Vivian Richards and Kumar Sangakkara (all 938 points).

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Cheteshwar Pujara remains the second highest ranked India batsman in the list in sixth position, while Ajinkya Rahane (up four places to 19th), Shikhar Dhawan (up four places to 22nd) and all-rounder Hardik Pandya (up eight places to 51st) have moved up after useful contributions at Trent Bridge.

Pandya gained 23 slots in the bowlers’ rankings, to reach a career-best 51st position following a crucial five-wicket haul in the first innings.

Jasprit Bumrah’s fifer in England’s second innings has lifted him to a career-best 37th position after a gain of eight places.

For England, Jos Buttler’s valiant 106 in the second innings has lifted him 22 places to 47th.

Another significant gainer for England is Adil Rashid, whose unbeaten 33 in the second innings saw him climb up eight slots to reach 116th.

Rashid's four-wicket haul has taken him up four places to be No. 47 among bowlers, while Chris Woakes has inched up one place to 31st position after grabbing four wickets in the third Test.