Indian captain Virat Kohli overthrows Australia’s Steven Smith to grab the 1st rank in ICC Test Rankings (batsmen).
Kohli is the 7th Indian batsman to be ranked 1 in Test cricket after Dilip Vengsarkar, Sunil Gavaskar, Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Sachin Tendulkar. It took seven years for an Indian to grab the top spot after Sachin did it in 2011.
Kohli played a pivotal role in India’s lost cause against England in Edgbaston Test. His gutsy knocks, where he scored 149 and 51, wasn’t enough for him to land India to victory but it was enough for him to land himself above Steven Smith.
Smith now trails 5 points behind the Indian skipper. Kohli would be sitting comfortably in the top spot for a while as his competitor is out of action until March 2019 following a ball-tampering scandal. Cricket Australia has imposed a 12-month ban on Steve Smith.
After losing out narrowly (31 runs) in the first Test, Kohli & Co. would look to taste victory in the second Test against the Three Lions at the iconic Lord’s Stadium. The match would begin from August 9.
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