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Kohli reclaims top ranking after match-winning effort

Virat Kohli
India captain Virat Kohli's effort of 97 and 103 in the third Test against England lifted him to the the 11th best ever in terms of rating points.

India captain Virat Kohli has reached a personal best of 937 rating points while reclaiming the top position in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankingsafter the Trent Bridge Test.

The 29-year-old’s player of the match effort of 97 and 103 not only helped his team reduce the deficit in the five-match series to 2-1 after winning the third Test by 203 runs but has also lifted him to the 11th best ever in terms of rating points.

Kohli, who claimed the top spot for the first time after the opening Test in Birmingham but dropped to second after the Lord’s Test, is now only one point behind a group of four in the all-time list and with a good chance of going past them on current form that has seen him score 440 runs in the series.

The top 10 in the list are Don Bradman (961 points), Steven Smith (947), Len Hutton (945), Jack Hobbs (942), Ricky Ponting (942), Peter May (941), Gary Sobers, Clyde Walcott, Vivian Richards and Sangakkara (all 938 points).

Cheteshwar Pujara remains the second highest ranked India batsman in the list, in sixth position, while Ajinkya Rahane (up four places to 19th), Shikhar Dhawan (up four places to 22nd) and all-rounder Hardik Pandya (up eight places to 51st) have moved up after useful contributions at Trent Bridge.

Pandya has also reached the 51st spot in the bowlers’ rankings, gaining 23 slots to reach his career-best position after a crucial five-wicket haul in the first innings. His fellow fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah’s five-wicket haul in England’s second innings has also lifted him to a career-best 37th position after a gain of eight places.

For England, Jos Buttler’s valiant 106 in the second innings has lifted him 22 places to 47th position. Another significant gainer for England in the batsmen’s rankings is Adil Rashid, whose unbeaten 33 in the second innings has seen him gain eight slots to reach 116th position.

Rashid has also gained four slots to reach 47th position among bowlers after grabbing four wickets in the match, while Chris Woakes has inched up one place to 31st position after also finishing with four wickets in the third Test.

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 23 August, following the Trent Bridge Test):

BATSMEN (top 20)

Rank(+/-)PlayerTeamPointsAvgeHighest rating
1(+1)Virat KohliInd937!54.49937 v Eng at Trent Bridge 2018
2(-1)Steve SmithAus92961.37947 v SA at Durban 2018
3(+1)Kane WilliamsonNZ84750.35893 v Aus at Perth 2015
4(+1)David WarnerAus82048.2880 v NZ at Perth 2015
5(-2)Joe RootEng81851.27917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015
6( - )C. PujaraInd76349.3888 v SL at Nagpur 2017
7( - )D. KarunaratneSL754!37.28754 v SA at Colombo (SSC) 2018
8( - )D. ChandimalSL73344.96755 v Win at St Lucia 2018
9(+1)Dean ElgarSA72441.05784 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018
10(+1)Aiden MarkramSA703*47.27759 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018
  11=(+1)Ross TaylorNZ69747.22871 v Win at Hamilton 2013
     (-2)Jonny BairstowEng69738.55772 v SA at Old Trafford 2017
13( - )Kraigg BrathwaiteWin69537.94701 v Eng at Headingley 2017
14( - )Hashim AmlaSA67347.23907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013
15( - )Azhar AliPak67244.84787 v Aus at Melbourne 2016
16( - )Faf du PlessisSA66542.33734 v Ind at Centurion 2018
  17=( - )Alastair CookEng64145.11874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012
     (+1)Kusal MendisSL64136.78693 v Win at St Lucia 2018
19(+4)Ajinkya RahaneInd63641.79825 v NZ at Indore 2016
20(-1)Usman KhawajaAus63342747 v Pak at Sydney 2017 

 

BOWLERS (top 20)

Rank(+/-)PlayerTeamPointsAvgeHighest Rating
1( - )James AndersonEng89926.85903 v Ind at Lord's 2018
2( - )Kagiso RabadaSA88221.71902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018
3( - )Ravindra JadejaInd84023.11899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017
4( - )Vernon PhilanderSA82621.54912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013
5(+1)Pat CumminsAus800*!23.81800 v SA at Johannesburg 2018
6(+1)Trent BoultNZ79527.84825 v Eng at Lord's 2015
7(-2)R. AshwinInd79225.45904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016
8( - )Rangana HerathSL79127.95867 v Zim at Harare 2016
9( - )Neil WagnerNZ76528.26785 v Win at Wellington 2017
10( - )Josh HazlewoodAus75926.84863 v Ind at Bengaluru 2017
11( - )Shannon GabrielWin757!29.57757 v Ban at Jamaica 2018
12( - )Stuart BroadEng73428.91880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016
13( - )Jason HolderWin731*!29.35731 v Ban at Jamaica 2018
  14=( - )Tim SoutheeNZ72030.82799 v Win at Jamaica 2014
     ( - )Mitchell StarcAus72028.17805 v SA at Durban 2018
16( - )Nathan LyonAus71032.21774 v Eng at Adelaide 2017
17( - )Keshav MaharajSA692*27.65695 v Zim at Port Elizabeth 2017
18( - )Yasir ShahPak68329.44878 v Eng at Lord's 2016
19(+1)Kemar RoachWin66728.31774 v SA at Centurion 2014
20(+1)Shakib Al HasanBan66531.87705 v Aus at Mirpur 2017

 

ALL-ROUNDERS (top five)

Rank(+/-)PlayerTeamPointsHighest Rating
1( - )Shakib Al HasanBan420489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017
   2=(+2)Vernon PhilanderSA370379 v SL at Galle 2018
     ( - )Ravindra JadejaInd370438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017
4(-1)R. AshwinInd367493 v Eng at Mohali 2016
5( - )Jason HolderWin354/*355 v Ban at Jamaica 2018 

 

*indicates provisional rating; a batsman qualifies for a full rating after playing 40 Test innings; a bowler qualifies for a full rating when he reaches 100 Test wickets.

!indicates career-highest rating

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