04 Dec 2019
ICC Rankings: Kohli surpasses Smith, becomes number one Test batsman
Indian captain Virat Kohli is back at the top in the ICC Test Rankings for Batsmen.
The 31-year-old has taken over Steve Smith in the latest rankings.
Kohli has 928 rating points and leads Smith by 5 points (923).
The Indian batsman smashed 136 in the Day-Night Test against Bangladesh last month.
Here are further details on the same.
Smith suffered rare failure against Pakistan
Kohli benefited from Smith's rare failure in the recently-concluded Test series against Pakistan.
Smith managed scores of 4 and 36 in the two-match Test series against Pakistan.
However, Smith surpassed the 7,000-run mark in Tests.
Australia went on to win the series by a 2-0 margin and collect 120 points in the ICC World Test Championship.
King Kohli is back at the top!
Virat Kohli back to No.1!— ICC (@ICC) December 4, 2019
David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne and Joe Root make significant gains in the latest @MRFWorldwide ICC Test Rankings for batting.
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Warner gains 12 places, Root and Labuschagne rise
Australia's David Warner, who struck scores of 154 and 335* against Pakistan, gained 12 positions to take the fifth place.
He has 764 rating points and went past Ajinkya Rahane, who dropped to sixth (759).
England captain Joe Root, who scored a double ton in the second Test against New Zealand, rose to seventh.
Meanwhile, an in-form Marnus Labuschagne, has taken the eighth position.
Pat Cummins continues to rule the show in bowling
In the ICC Test Rankings for Bowlers, Australia's Pat Cummins continues to occupy the first position.
He is the only bowler to have taken 50-plus Test wickets in 2019.
West Indies skipper Jason Holder, who shined against Afghanistan, moved up to third.
Josh Hazlewood gained one place and is eighth.
India's Mohammed Shami gained one position to enter the top 10.
Smith will hope to regain the top spot shortly
Australia will be up against New Zealand in a three-match Test series, starting December 12. Smith will be eyeing to score valuable runs against Kane Williamson's men. That could see him get past Kohli in the rankings. India's next Test assignment is in 2020.
Starc moves up to 14th in the rankings
Australia's Mitchell Starc was the biggest gainer. The left-arm pacer moved up to 14th in the rankings and has 752 points. He is behind Tim Southee. Meanwhile, Umesh Yadav and Nathan Lyon, who claimed respective fifers recently, gained one place each.