Virat Kohli displaces Steve Smith as No1 batsman in ICC Test rankings
New Delhi: After a superb show against England, Indian skipper Virat Kohli has displaced former Australia captain Steve Smith as number-one ranked batsman in the Test cricket.
The ICC Test ranking was released on Sunday morning following the conclusion of the Edgbaston Test.
Kohli will have to maintain the form in the remaining four Tests to finish the series as the world’s highest-ranked batsman.
He is the first Indian since @sachin_rt to get there.
— ICC (@ICC) August 5, 2018
Smith is currently serving a 12-month international ban for ball-tampering.
In the series opener against England, Virat scored 149 and 51 and moved 31 points up. He has achieved number one spot for the first time in his 67-Test career.
Virat Kohli is India’s highest ranked Test batsman with 934 points in his tally. He is also at 14th spot in the all-time tally of points.
Other Indian players who attained No 1 rank
Kohli now becomes the seventh Indian batsman, and first since Sachin Tendulkar in June 2011, to climb to the top of the rankings.
Rahul Dravid, Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag and Dilip Vengsarkar are the other Indian batsmen to have achieved number-one rankings during their careers.