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Steve Smith surpasses Virat Kohli to be no.1 Test batsman

Steven Smith dethroned Virat Kohli to claim the number one spot in the latest ICC Test ranking.

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Steve Smith surpasses Virat Kohli to be no.1 Test batsman
Steve Smith slams hundred in first Ashes Test. Photo: The Sun

Steven Smith has dethroned India captain Virat Kohli to claim the number one spot in the ICC Test ranking once again.

Smith made the single point from Kohli after the Indian skipper was dismissed for a golden duck in the second innings of the second Test against West Indies.

The former Australian captain has returned to the fourth Ashes Test squad after missing the third Test at Headingley following concussion.

Since December 2015, Smith was in the top most position of the ICC Test batsmen ranking.

Kohli took his position in August 2018 when Smith was serving a ban for his involvement in Sandpaper scandal.

Back from the ban, the Australian great hammered a hundreds in the first Ashes Test against England following by a well-constructed 92 in the second innings. He now averages 63.2 in Test cricket.

Meanwhile, India vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has made his way to the top 10 after rising four places upwards to be rested at no. 7. He scored a century and a half century in Antigua Test.

Newly emerged Hanuma Vihari, who was the leading run-scorer in the two-match /test series against the West Indies collecting 289 runs, has moved up to 40 places to No.30 after just six Tests.

However, a clean sweep in the Caribbean helped India to firm their place at top of the chart with 113 points pushing New Zealand back in the second spot after the Kiwis draw two-Test series 1-1 against Sri Lanka.

In the bowler’s side, both Jasprit Bumrah and Jason Holder moved into the top five.

Bumrah’s innings figure of 6 for 27 in the first innings lifted him to No.3 while Holder’s fifer helped him to rest at No. 4 in the ranking.

 

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