ICC Test Rankings: Virat Kohli wrests Steve Smith to become No. 1 batsman

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New Delhi, Aug 5: India may have gone down against England in the first Test at Edgbaston but captain Virat Kohli achieved another personal milestone on Sunday by replacing Australia’s Steve Smith to become the No.1 batsman in ICC Test Rankings.

Virat has become only the seventh Indian and first since Sachin Tendulkar in June 2011, to take the pole position.

Kohli, who held the second spot since December 2015, took a lead of five points over the former Australia captain, who is serving a one-year suspension from international cricket following the ball-tampering scandal in March earlier this year.

Kohli scored his 22nd Test century with a knock of 149 in the first innings and followed it up with 51 in the second. It earned him a career-high 934 ratings points, leaving Smith behind at 929 points. The former Australia captain is currently serving a 12-month ban for his involvement in a ball-tampering scandal during Australia’s tour of South Africa earlier this year.

Apart from Kohli and Tendulkar, the other Indian batsmen who have reached the number-one rankings in the longest format were Rahul Dravid, Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag and Dilip Vengsarkar. But at 934 points, the current India captain has become the highest-ranked India batsman on the all-time tally of points.

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