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Kohli Wrests Top Spot From Smith in ICC Rankings for Test Batsmen

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: August 5, 2018, 9:10 PM IST

Virat Kohli is now officially the No. 1 Test batsman in the world as per the latest ICC rankings for Test batsmen.

He overtook Steve Smith after his performances in the recently concluded Edgbaston Test against England, and has now become the seventh Indian overall (the first since Sachin Tendulkar in June 2011) to occupy the top spot in Test cricket.

Kohli leads Steve Smith by 5 points, after gaining 31 points through his performances at Edgbaston. Smith was the top ranked batsman in Test cricket for the last 32 months, before Kohli displaced him in the rankings which were announced by the ICC this morning.

Apart from Kohli, the other Indian batsmen who have previously officially been ranked No. 1 in Test cricket are Sachin Tendulkar, Rahu Dravid, Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag, and Dilip Vengsarkar. He is even ahead of Gavaskar on the all-time tally of points with 934, 14th overall in the list in just 67 Tests.

If Kohli delivers a performance similar to the one in Edgbaston in the second Test at Lord’s, then he can break into the top-10 by going ahead of Matthew Hayden, Kallis and AB de Villiers, whose highest points tally was 935 each. Donald Bradman (961) and Steve Smith (947) are the two batsmen sitting on top of this exclusive list.

First Published: August 5, 2018, 12:08 PM IST

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