India skipper Virat Kohli regained the top spot in the ICC Test rankings for batsmen, following his superb show with the bat during the ongoing series in England.
Kohli scored 97 and 103 in the third Test against England that helped India to a 203-run victory. Following this feat, the 29-year-old accumulate 937 rating points, also his personal best so far.
Earlier, Kohli was at the No.1 spot after gathering 200 runs in the first Test against England. However, he slipped a place after a dismal show in the second Test at Lord’s.
— ICC (@ICC) August 22, 2018
The Indian skipper is followed by Australia’s Steve Smith while New Zealand’s Kane Williamson is third in the charts.
According to the ICC release, Kohli is now only one point outside the top 10 of an all-time rating points list: Don Bradman (961 points), Steve Smith (947), Len Hutton (945), Jack Hobbs and Ricky Ponting (both on 942), Peter May (941), and Gary Sobers, Clyde Walcott, Vivian Richards and Kumar Sangakkara (all on 938 points).
Meanwhile, after a maiden five-wicket haul — a 5/28 in the first innings followed by an unbeaten 52 in the second innings — all-rounder Hardik Pandya also made big gains in the rankings for all-rounders and bowlers.
Pandya jumped 27 places to be at the 17th spot in the all-rounder’s rankings while moving up 23 places to be placed at the 51st spot in the bowler’s chart.
The fourth Test match between England and India on August 30 at The Rose Bowl, Southampton.