The India captain ended Steve Smith’s 32-month reign as the top-ranked batsman. He reached the top of the summit for the first time in his 67-Test career.
Virat Kohli achieved another personal milestone. He became the seventh India batsman and first since Sachin Tendulkar in June 2011, to top the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen. It was released on Sunday morning following the conclusion of the Edgbaston Test.
Kohli scored 149 and 51 in India’s 31-run defeat and has gone up by 31 points. It has helped him to end Steve Smith’s 32-month reign as the top-ranked batsman and reach the top of the summit for the first time in his 67-Test career. Kohli now leads Smith (who had held the top spot since December 2015) by five points. But he will have to maintain the form in the remaining four Tests to finish the series as the world’s highest-ranked batsman.
Apart from Kohli and Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag and Dilip Vengsarkar are the other India batsmen to have achieved the number-one rankings during their careers.
However, at 934 points, Kohli has become India’s highest-ranked batsman, 14th overall, on the all-time tally of points.
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