Indian captain Virat Kohli’s slip in rankings among the Test batsmen persisted as he ended up further down to the fourth place on the list, after already getting slipped to 3rd at the end of the 2nd Test versus Australia.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has gained by far the most as he jumped to 2nd spot in the International Cricket Council’s Test batting rankings. By virtue of his 16th Test century against the Proteas, Williamson has overtaken both his England and India competitors and is 2nd behind Australia skipper Steve Smith in the batting charts. His 130 saw him ascend to 869 points and continue to be 67 points behind Smith but 21 points clear of third-placed Joe Root.
For Virat Kohli it was his very poor run of form, including scores of 0, 13, 12 and 15 in the last 4 innings, which resulted in his slip as he dropped by one spot in the current ICC rankings for batsmen. Kohli conceded the 2nd rank to England’s Joe Root, who is now one point forward at 848 points. Kohli is currently trailed by David Warner who is 5th on the list with 794 points while another Indian in the top six is Cheteshwar Puajra with 793 points.
At the same time, Kohli’s Australian counterpart Steve Smith is topping the charts for 77 Tests, going past Ricky Ponting’s 76 matches. However, for India the great report was that of Ravichandran Ashwin, who is back on the throne of being the number one allrounder. He dethroned Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan who slipped 38 points after declining to create a substantial impression with both bat or ball in his team’s 259-run defeat to Sri Lanka in Galle. Ashwin is currently on 434 points, 31 in front of Shakib (403)