Mumbai, December 1: Escalating one rank, Indian Test captain Virat Kohli moved up to a career-best third spot in the latest ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen after coming up with a useful contribution in his team’s eight-wicket win over England in the third Test in Mohali that helped take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.
The 28-year-old scored 62 and six not out to move to 833 points, within 14 points of England’s Joe Root in a list led by Australia captain Steve Smith. Starting the series in 15th position, Virat has risen at a fast pace scoring 405 runs in the three Tests against England.
Virat, who is top-ranked in Twenty20 internationals and second in One-Day Internationals, looks determined to top the table in Tests, the only format in which he has never been top-ranked.
Meanwhile, in the ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers, Ravichandran Ashwin continues to top the list. Also, in the list for all-rounders, Ashwin has consolidated his position at the top with 493 points, a tally not reached by anyone since retired South Africa player Jacques Kallis in 2008.
Ashwin’s spin partner, Ravindra Jadeja has gained two spots to reach a career-best fourth slot after scoring a crucial 90 in his only innings in Mohali. Fast bowler Mohammad Shami has moved up two places to take 19th position.