Virat Kohli remains on top of ICC Test batting rankings; Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah attain career-best positions

India skipper Virat Kohli maintained his top spot, while young wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant and pacer Jasprit Bumrah attained their career-best positions in the latest ICC Test rankings.

Press Trust of India, Dec 20, 2018 14:53:10 IST

Dubai: India skipper Virat Kohli maintained his top spot, while young wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant and pacer Jasprit Bumrah attained their career-best positions in the latest ICC Test rankings.

Kohli gained 14 points to reach 934 points after a valiant first-innings knock of 123 in the second Test at Perth which Australia won by 146 runs to level the four-match series.

Virat Kohli remains on top of ICC Test batting rankings; Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah attain career-best positions

Virat Kohli maintained his top spot in the ICC Test batting rankings after his century at Perth. AP

The India captain has thus increased his lead over New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson from seven to 19 points.

Pant gained 11 places to secure the 48th spot while India vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane moved up two places to progress into the top 15.

In the bowlers list, Bumrah achieved a career-high ranking of 28 while fellow teammate Mohammed Shami moved two places to 24th.

Second-ranked Williamson too has something to cheer about after scoring 91 in the drawn first Test against Sri Lanka. He has reached a personal best of 915 points, the joint-25th highest ever and equal with ICC Hall of Famer George Headley of the West Indies.

New Zealand opener Tom Latham is another major gainer after an outstanding Test performance of 264 not out that not only won him the Man of the Match award but has also lifted him 15 slots to a career-best 22nd position.

Fast bowler Tim Southee is another one to gain from the team. His eight wickets in the match helped him to gain four slots to reach 11th position.

There were more movements owing to performances in Perth with man of the match Nathan Lyon's eight wickets helped him grab a career-best seventh place, a position he had also previously attained in October last year.

Josh Hazlewood (up two places to ninth) and Mitchell Starc (up one place to 15th) are the other Australia bowlers to move up.

Among their batsmen, Usman Khawaja (up one place to 12th), captain Tim Paine (up nine places to 46th) and Travis Head (up 16 places to 63rd) are the ones to move up the ladder after useful contributions against the world's top-ranked Test side.

For Sri Lanka, former captain Angelo Mathews (83 and 120 not out) and Kusal Mendis (141 not out) have been rewarded after their match-saving efforts.

Mathews gained eight slots to reach 16th place while Mendis has moved up two slots to take 18th position. Among their bowlers, Lahiru Kumara has gained five slots to reach 43rd place after finishing with four wickets.

Updated Date: Dec 20, 2018 14:53:10 IST






Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4027 115
2 New Zealand 2829 109
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 4366 104
5 Australia 3270 99
6 Sri Lanka 3795 95
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6745 125
2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 India 8411 263
4 Australia 5471 261
5 South Africa 4407 259
6 New Zealand 4784 252