22-Nov-2016 10:52:00 GMT
Kohli vaults to career-best No.4 in ICC Test Rankings
Dubai: India captain Virat Kohli has shot up 10 slots to reach a career-high fourth position in the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen after producing a man of the match performance in the second Test against England in Visakhapatnam which India won by 246 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
Besides Kohli, whose scores of 167 and 81 fetched him the Man of the Match performance, middle order mainstay Cheteshwar Pujara also moved a spot up to the 9th position while pace spearhead Mohammad Shami gained five spots to reach a career high of No. 21 among the bowlers.
Kohli is currently top-ranked in Twenty20 Internationals and has also held the top position in One-Day Internationals, but has never moved above 10th place in Tests.
For his efforts in Visakhapatnam, Kohli has earned 97 points, now trails second-ranked Joe Root of England by 22 points. Another strong performance in the Mohali Test, which begins on Saturday, 26 November, will mean he will edge closer in his quest to top the batting table.
England pair of wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow and all-rounder Ben Stokes have also made significant gains. Bairstow has moved up four places to reach 12th position after scoring 53 and 34 not out, while Stokes has moved up five slots to 28th position after scoring 70 and six.
New Zealand's eight-wicket win over Pakistan in a low-scoring first Test in Christchurch did not result in much upward movement for batsmen. New Zealand's BJ Watling has gained two places to take 36th place, Henry Nicholls has moved up three slots to reach 79th position and debutant opener Jeet Raval has entered the rankings in 60th position after knocks of 55 and 36 not out.
Meanwhile, among the bowlers, Shami's consistency in giving India the early breakthrough helped him gain five places to reach a career-high 21st while left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja has moved up one position to sixth place.
India's premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin continued to lead the bowlers in the list.
For England, Stuart Broad (up one place) and Moeen Ali (up four places), have achieved fifth and 23rd positions, respectively.