Steve Smith Replaces Virat Kohli as Top Ranked Test batsmen Ranking
Virat Kohli drops to the second position after scoring golden duck in second innings of the final test match against West Indies. Now Kohli slipped to the second spot in top-ranked Test batsmen while Steve Smith back on top.
Australian leading batsmen Steve Smith replaced Virat Kohli as the best test hitter in the last ICC ranking released Tuesday after the completion of the second India-West Indies event in Kingston.
Smith, who returned to the 2019 Ashes Cricket Test after serving a one-year ban on ball tampering, hit twin centuries at Edgbaston setting the groundwork for a big win in Australia last month.
Smith followed that with a score of 92 at Lord’s, an inning that stopped after suffering a blow to the neck while facing a bouncer from Jofra Archer. He did not bat in the second inning and missed the next Test at Headingley due to a concussion, a match that England won by a wicket to draw 1-1 in the five-game series.
It has allowed Smith to open a single-point advantage in the rankings announced on Tuesday, September 3. You have the opportunity to extend that advantage in the fourth Ash Test, starting on Wednesday.
Kohli, on the other hand, led India on the West Indies tour, where they played two trials and won those 2-0. He scored half a century in each of those tests while driving nine and a golden duck as well.
Smith has taken his century count to 25, tying with Kohli, who has not scored one of the three tests he has played so far in 2019.
Smith was the best test batsmen since December 2015 and left his spot in August 2018. Kohli beat him on the charts, after reaching higher qualifying points in the series against England.
India’s mid-order hitter Ajinkya Rahane returned to the top 10, climbing four spots to rank at number 7, after following his half-century and 100th in Antigua with fifty others in Jamaica.
Hanuma Vihari, who scored his first century of Test in Kingston, has soared 40 places to No. 30 after only six Test Matches he played.