Virat Kohli moves up to No.2 in ICC Test rankings for batsmen

first_imgVirat Kohli has moved up from No.6 to No.2 in the ICC Test rankings (with 893 rating points) for batsmen after a sensational series against Sri Lanka where he finished with 610 runs.Kohli scored two back-to-back double hundreds in Nagpur and Delhi including a career-best 243 at the Feroz Shah Kotla. He was named man-of-the-series as India won their ninth successive series under him.Kohli finished 2017 with 1059 Test runs from 10 matches including five hundreds – three of them were double tons.Kohli is already No.1 in the ODI and T20I rankings.In the course of the year, Kohli also overtook Brian Lara to score most double hundreds as Test captain. No other Indian apart from Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag, has scored more double centuries than Kohli (6).Virat Kohli is now….. No. 1 in ICC T20I RankingsNo. 1 in ICC ODI RankingsNo. 2 in ICC Test Rankings#Virat #[email protected] Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) December 7, 2017The 29-year-old India captain, last season, became the first man to score double hundreds in four successive Test series.He was going through a bit of a lean patch in Test cricket in 2017 after his double hundred against Bangladesh in February. However, he bounced back, first with a hundred in Sri Lanka and then with scores of 104 not out, 213, 243 and 50 against Sri Lanka at home to finish the year on a high.The batting list is still topped by Australian captain Steve Smith (938 rating points). England captain Joe Root is third with 879 points while Kohli’s India teammate Cheteshwar Pujara is fourth with 873 points.advertisementKohli finished 2017 with 2818 international runs and 11 hundreds across all formats. He has been rested for the limited-overs phase against Sri Lanka and will not play the three ODIs and three T20Is against the islanders.Kohli started the series against Sri Lanka in sixth position but leapfrogged David Warner, Pujara, Kane Williamson and  Root after the stupendous run which saw him average 152.50.Kohli would be eyeing the chance of reaching the zenith in all three formats since he is the current No. 1 in ODIs and T20Is.Smith, 45 points ahead of Kohli in the Test rankings, though has been in a different league and last week reached 941 points, the joint fifth-highest in terms of the highest points tally in batting history in Tests.Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting is the only batsman to have been at the top in all three formats at the same time in December-January 2005-06, while his compatriot Matthew Hayden is the other batsman to have topped all three formats.(With inputs from ICC Media Release)last_img read more