There is a great and proud news coming for Indian dynamic test captain and one of the modern greats of the game Virat Kohli has reached career high ICC test batting ranking of 3 following a solid performance in England series. He is now just two spots away from being the best test batsman in the world.
When the series started, Virat was at the 15th position in the rankings, which is eye-catching and at the same time a bit unusual because he is in the form of his life in all three forms of the game. But he has been a bit inconsistent in test matches that is why he had to work hard to be back in the top guys in this format of the cricket.
In the process, Virat leapfrogged modern day greats like Kane Williamson, Joe Root, AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla in the rankings chart. Australian captain Steve Smith holds his top position. This is an unbelievable jump from Kohli though, who is looking to teach that top coveted spot where every batsman wants to be.
Joe Root of England who is performing decently in ongoing India series is 2nd best to Steve Smith. South African Hashim Amla stands tall at 5th spot in the ranking list while New Zealand’s backbone Kane Williamson has been dropped to 4th following an average show in the recently concluded Pakistan test series. Recently struggling Indian Ajinkya Rahane has dropped from top 10 which is a bit of surprise.
Australian pocket dynamite David Warner hold on to 7th spot while injured South African batsman AB de Villiers sits at the 6th spot. There is a good news for another Indian batsman who is in prime form recently. Cheteshwar Pujara has climbed to 8th position and would like to not throw his wickets away if he wants to climb up further more.
In the same series, there is a joy for English wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow as he has breached into the top 10 for the very first time in his short career. He has impressed everybody in past few months and he deserves that. Pakistan’s Younis Khan has had a very sharp fall after a poor New Zealand series and is on the verge of dropping out of top 10 in which he is at the last position at least for now.