Kohli closes hole on Smith at high of ICC Check rankings


Adelaide, December 20

India skipper Virat Kohli has managed to fractionally close the gap on Steve Smith at the top of the ICC Test Player Rankings from 25 points to 13 points while after the culmination of the first Test of the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

Kohli’s innings of 74 & 4 in the Adelaide Test, which India lost by eight wickets, has enabled him to gain two points, whereas Smith’s 1 & 1* lost him 10 points in the table.

Marnus Labuschagne’s innings of 47 & 6 in a low-scoring match have pushed him to a career-best 839 points. Whereas, captain Tim Paine’s player-of-the-match innings of 73 not out has lifted him with a career-best of 33rd place with 592 points. His previous best was 45th in December 2018.

Further down, Joe Burns unbeaten 51 saw him move into 48th place, the first time he has been in the top 50 since 2016.

With the ball, Pat Cummins took seven wickets in the match to gain six points and move from 904 to 910, which is a comfortable lead over Stuart Broad in second place.

Josh Hazlewood’s astonishing figures of 5/8 in India’s second innings helped him gain four spots and move back into the top five with 805 points, the first time since March 2018.

With four wickets in Australia’s first innings, India’s off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has overtaken Jasprit Bumrah as India’s top ranked bowler, currently in the ninth place.

The two teams will now face each other in the second Test beginning December 26 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. IANS



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