Virat Kohli, the Indian test captain, has moved up three places to grab second position among batsmen in the ICC’s latest Test batsmen Rankings, after registering his career-best score in the third and final Test against Sri Lanka.
Kohli’s first-innings knock of 243 in the third test was followed with 50 as he finished with 610 runs in the series. Kohli, who slammed back-to-back double-centuries and recorded three-figure scores in three consecutive matches, started the series in sixth position.
After reaching the 2nd position in tests, Kohli would be eyeing the chance of reaching the zenith in all three formats since he is the current No. 1 in ODIs and T20Is. Currently Smith is at No. 1 with 938 points while Kohli is on 893 points.
In the latest rankings, which also take into account the second Test Ashes test in Adelaide which the home side won by 120 runs, and the first Test in Wellington, Indian opener Murali Vijay (up three places to 25th) and middle-order batsman Rohit Sharma (up six places to 40th) are the other India batsmen to move up.
Dinesh Chandimal, the Sri Lankan captain has gained eight places to take ninth position after finishing the series with 366 runs. While all-rounder Angelo Mathews has moved up seven places to 23rd position after scoring 111 in the first innings of the third test.