DUBAI: Australia batsman Steven Smith has overtaken India skipper Virat Kohli to reach the number one spot in the ICC Test batsmen rankings. The latest ICC rankings were released on Tuesday.
Kohli is yet to score a century in the longest format of the game this year and he managed to score just 136 runs in the two-match series against West Indies. On the other hand, Smith has so far scored 338 runs in the ongoing Ashes and as a result, he has dethroned Kohli from the top spot.
Smith leads Kohli by just one point and the former Australia skipper will get a chance to further extend his lead when the team steps out to the field to take on England in the fourth Test of the ongoing Ashes.
The Australian was on the top spot since December 2015. It was in August 2018, when Smith served a one-year ban for his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal against South Africa, that Kohli managed to go past him in the rankings, after reaching career-high rating points in the series against England.
Smith scored centuries in both the innings of the first Test in Ashes and he managed to score 92 in the second Test. He now averages 63.2 in Test cricket.
Kohli’s next chance to challenge Smith will be in the home Test series against South Africa, starting on October 2 .
India’s Ajinkya Rahane has also returned to the top 10, as he has risen to the number seven spot, after scoring a half-century and hundred in Antigua.
Hanuma Vihari, who was described by Kohli as “the find of the series”, has risen to number 30 after just six Tests.
In the team rankings, India has maintained their top spot after 2-0 series win over Windies.
India pacer Jasprit Bumrah has moved to the number three spot with career-best 835 points in the ICC Test Bowler rankings. In the recently concluded two-match series between India and West Indies, Bumrah managed to scalp 13 wickets.
During the first Test, Bumrah had become the fastest Indian bowler to take 50 Test wickets and in the second Test, he was able to take a hat-trick, becoming only the third Indian to achieve the feat in the longest format of the game after Harbhajan Singh and Irfan Pathan.
The pacer was able to win the player of the series award for his performance against Windies. Bumrah had recorded figures of 5/7 in the first Test and he managed to come up with a bowling spell of 6/27 in the second Test.
Skipper Virat Kohli had described him as “one of the most complete bowlers in world cricket”.
Bumrah is also the number one ranked ODI bowler in the ICC rankings. Windies skipper Jason Holder also moved to the number four spot in the bowler rankings as he managed to scalp eight wickets in the series against India.
The 25-year-old Bumrah is now just behind Australia’s Pat Cummins and South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada.
Bumrah will get a chance to further improve his ranking when the team steps out to play the three-match Test series against South Africa, beginning October 2.
India’s bowling pair of India’s pair of Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma has moved to the number 18 and 20 spots respectively. In the team rankings, India has maintained their top spot after 2-0 series win over Windies. (ANI)