ICC Test rankings: Virat Kohli is the number one batsman
Indian skipper Virat Kohli is on top of the world after overtaking Australia's Steve Smith as the number one batsman in the ICC Test rankings. With this, Kohli has become the 7th Indian batsman to achieve this feat. He became the first Indian to reach the summit since Sachin Tendulkar notched the same back in June 2011. Here are the updates.
Smith sees 32-month reign atop come to an end
Kohli scored 149 and 51 in the Edgbaston Test match against England, but could not help India win as the visitors lost by 31 runs. In turn, Kohli saw a 31-point growth to become number one and surpass the Aussie batsman. Smith ruled the Test charts for a period of 32 months. He is currently serving a 12-month ban for a ball-tampering incident.
Kohli has amassed 934 points
Kohli achieved the feat for the first time in his 67 Tests. He now leads Smith by five points and will need to be on top form for the remainder of the Test series to end the same as the world's best ranked batsman. Kohli has 934 points currently and became the nation's highest ranked batsman ever. He started the Test with 903 points.
Kohli joins an illustrious list of Indian batsmen
Kohli joined an illustrious list of Indian cricketers to have achieved this special feat. He joined the likes of Sachin, Rahul Dravid, Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag and Dilip Vengsarkar, who earlier achieved the same during their careers. Sir Donald Bradman (961 points) and Smith (947 points) are two players that have amassed the best tally ever. Kohli can get closer now.