Shanghai Daily – Virat Kohli broke new ground by topping the International Cricket Council test batting rankings for the first time in his career when the latest edition was published yesterday.

Summary

  • Virat Kohli broke new ground by topping the International Cricket Council test batting rankings for the first time in his career when the latest edition was published yesterday.
  • The India captain, already at the head of the equivalent one-day international batting chart, found himself at the summit of these standings after scoring 149 — his maiden test century in England — and 51 during the series opener at Edgbaston.
  • Unfortunately for Kohli, his impressive match haul of exactly 200 runs could not prevent an India defeat by 31 runs on Saturday’s fourth day in Birmingham, with England now 1-0 up in a five-match series.
  • Kohli’s two innings boosted his ranking rating by 31 points and helped him end Steve Smith’s 32-month reign as the top-ranked test batsman.
  • Kohli is now on top of the rankings for the first time in a 67-test career that has yielded 5,754 runs at an average of 54.28, including 22 hundreds.


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