Virat Kohli reclaims No.1 Test rank after Steve Smith’s poor run vs PakistanDecember 4, 2019
Virat Kohli has overtaken Steve Smith to become the No.1 Test batsman in the ICC rankings. Kohli went past Smith thanks to his sterling hundred against Bangladesh in the Day-night Test against Bangladesh at Eden Gardens.
Virat Kohli had held the top spot for a long time before Steve Smith reclaimed the numero uno position with a mind-numbing 774 runs from 4 Tests in the Ashes series against England.
However, while Virat Kohli scored a double hundred against South Africa and a hundred against Bangladesh, Steve Smith managed scores of 4 and 36 in a 2-Test series against Pakistan which was headlined by David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne.
Virat Kohli moved back to No.1 from the second spot after Steve Smith dropped points because of his low scores in Brisbane and Adelaide.
Virat Kohli, who has 7202 runs and 27 hundred from 84 Tests, will not play any more Tests in 2019. However, Steve Smith with 7013 runs and 26 hundred from 70 Tests, will get the opportunity to reclaim the top spot in 2 Tests against New Zealand. The third match of the series will be played in the New Year.
David Warner rose 12 spots to 5th on ICC Test rankings after his phenomenal 335 not out in the Adelaide Pink ball Test. His teammate Marnus Labuschagne has also risen to the 8th spot. Notably, he started the year at the 110th spot on the batting charts.