Virat Kohli loses top spot in Test rankings while James Anderson breaches the 900-point mark

R Ashwin became the 3rd ranked all-rounder in latest ICC Test rankings.

James Anderson | GettyIndia captain Virat Kohli, who had become the no.1 ranked Test batsman in ICC rankings just over a week ago, thanks to his stupendous 149 and 51 against England in the first Test at Birmingham; has lost his position to Steve Smith after the innings and 159-run loss to England at Lord’s.

Kohli managed to score 23 and 17 as his side collapsed to 107 and 130 all out.

However, Ravichandran Ashwin moved up in the list for batsmen from 67th to 57th, with defiant innings of 29 and 33 not out. He also left Vernon Philander behind to become the third-ranked all-rounder in Tests.

James Anderson, England’s highest wicket-taker in Tests has become the seventh English bowler to reach the 900-point mark in the latest ICC Test rankings for bowlers. His achievement comes after he picked up 9 wickets including a five-wicket haul in England’s demolition of India in the second Test at Lord’s.

R Ashwin | GettyAnderson’s 9/43 in the match, which England won by an innings and 159 runs got him to 903 points and he joined a coveted group of England bowlers to reach the mark. Other England bowlers to reach the 900-point mark are Sydney Barnes (932), George Lohmann (931), Tony Lock (912), Ian Botham (911), Derek Underwood (907) and Alec Bedser (903).

Chris Woakes, who scored a brilliant 137* and also picked up four wickets in the match against India, gained 34 places to reach a career-best 50th position among batsmen while also moving up three places to 32nd among bowlers and by five places to seventh among all-rounders.

All-rounder Hardik Pandya has moved up 25 places to take the 74th spot among bowlers.

Top 5 batsmen in ICC Test rankings:

1. STEVE SMITH (AUS) – 929 pts

2. VIRAT KOHLI (IND) – 919 pts

3. JOE ROOT (ENG) – 851 pts

4. KANE WILLIAMSON (NZ) – 847 pts

5. DAVID WARNER (AUS) – 820 pts


Top 5 bowlers in ICC Test Rankings:

1. JAMES ANDERSON (ENG) – 903 pts

2. KAGISO RABADA (SA)- 882 pts

3. RAVINDRA JADEJA (IND)- 849 pts

4. VERNON PHILANDER (SA)- 826 pts

5. RAVICHANDRAN ASHWIN (IND)- 802 pts


Top 5 all-rounders in ICC Test Rankings:

1. SHAKIB AL HASAN (BAN) - 420 pts

2. RAVINDRA JADEJA (IND)- 378 pts

3. R ASHWIN (IND) - 374 pts

4. VERNON PHILANDER (SA)- 379 pts

5. JASON HOLDER (WI)- 354 pts

(with inputs from icc-cricket.com)


By Jatin Sharma - 13 Aug, 2018

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