ICC Test rankings: Virat Kohli reclaims top spot from Steve Smith

Indian team captain Virat Kohli gestures as he walks with his teammates after winning the day-night Test series against Bangladesh at Eden Gardens in Kolkata Sunday Nov. 24 2019

Virat Kohli Regains Top Spot in Test Rankings, Mohammed Shami Breaks into Top 10

After having lost his No.1 ranking for a Test batsman to former Australian captain Steve Smith in the past few months, regained his numero uno spot after the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings were announced on Wednesday.

The Indian skipper rode on his commanding century, 136, in the Kolkata day/night Test to close in on the previously top-ranked Steve Smith, and this successfully leapfrogging him.

While Kohli was piling on the runs in India after a rare failure in the Indore Test, Smith was unable to match up to his high standards in the series against Pakistan where he managed to score only 40 runs with an average of 20. While Virat Kohli has 928 points, Steve Smith is now five points adrift with 923 points. However, David Warner has jumped 12 places to enter the top-five in the rankings thanks to his incredible triple-hundred, an unbeaten 335, in the second Test against Pakistan in Adelaide. In his very first series post the ban, the right-hander proceeded to stonewall the English attack, grinding them into the dust with absolute disdain and along with Marnus Labuschagne, was the lynchpin of Australia's batting unit.

Joe Root, who had briefly dropped out of the Top 10, made a comeback of sorts and is now in 7th position after a defiant 226 in Hamilton against New Zealand.

Among the bowlers, Mitchell Starc has moved up four places to the 14th spot. The Delhi Capitals spinner also features in the top ten of the all-rounders rankings in Tests where he is fifth and Ravindra Jadeja is second.

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