Virat Kohli became the no.1 ranked Test batsman in the latest ICC Players' Rankings after his fighting ton against England at Edgbaston. He scored 149 and 51 in the two innings in India’s 31-run defeat and has gained 31 points, which has helped him end Steve Smith’s 32-month reign as the top-ranked Test batsman.
He became the seventh Indian batsman, and first since Sachin Tendulkar (in June 2011) to be ranked the number one Test batsman in the ICC rankings.
Smith was at the top since December 2015 and Virat had to collect highest ever points by an Indian in Test rankings to topple Smith. At 934 points, Kohli has become India’s highest-ranked batsman, and 14th overall, on the all-time tally of points.
Sir Donald Bradman (961) and Steve Smith (947) are the top two batsmen on the list with most points ever in the rankings.
This series can change a lot for Kohli if he manages to continue his performances from the first Test.
The 27-year-old English batswoman Danielle Wyatt, who had once proposed Virat for marriage, was impressed with the Indian skipper. Wyatt crowned the king on ICC's post as Kohli justified his tag of 'King Kohli' with the bat.