Indian captain Virat Kohli has been in prolific form this year as he recently amassed over 600 runs in three-match Test series against Sri Lanka. Though he suffered a blip in the first game of the series at Eden Gardens and registered a duck. He came back strongly in the next two games to produce double hundreds in Nagpur and Delhi.
According to latest ICC Rankings,Virat Kohli has moved to no.2 in the rankings for Test Batsmen. Before the series against Sri Lanka, he was placed at sixth but superlative performances in the back-to-back games meant that he is only 45 points behind Australia’s Steven Smith who placed at the top in ICC Rankings for Test Batsmen.
Virat Kohli will be aiming to reach the top summit for batsmenship in all three formats in the next year. Smith has particularly strong in Test cricket and has not replicated that form in the shorter formats of the game. Smith has 941 points to his name in the ICC rankings and is fifth in the all-time highest point tally for the batsman in the format.
The player to be no.1 batsman across all three formats was Australia’s Ricking Punting who managed to achieve the feat in Dec 2005. Former Australian opener Matthew Hayden also has topped the batting charts across the three formats.
Australia’s left-handed batsman Shaun Marsh scored a splendid ton in the second Ashes test at Adelaide has seen him climb to 27th place in the ICC Rankings for Test Batsmen. Mitchell Starc is also move up to eight place in the ICC Test Rankings for Bowlers while Pat Cummins has moved up to 43rd position after good first two games against England. England Skipper Joe Root is still at 3rd place after string of low scores in the first two games. Chris Woakes has climbed to 28th place in Test Rankings for Bowlers after taking wickets in the second game at Adelaide.