Dubai: Indian captain Virat Kohli has bridged the gap with top-order batsman Steve Smith as the latest ICC Test rankings came out on Tuesday. Kohli scored a century in India’s first day-night Test against Bangladesh and this helped reduce the gap between him and Smith to just three by 25 points.
Opener Mayank Agarwal has also entered the top-ten for the first time in his career and now he is in tenth place. India’s fast bowlers Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav are also at career high points after victory over Bangladesh.
Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has also moved up one place and is now ranked ninth. Australian batsman Maranus Lebuschgane scored an innings of 185 runs against Australia and this helped him reach 14th position in the batsmen rankings. Kiwi wicketkeeper batsman BJ Watling scored a double century against England and this pushed him to 12th in the rankings.
David Warner scored a century against Pakistan to end his run-scoring drought in the longest format and now sits 17th. England all-rounder Ben Stokes has entered the top ten for batsmen for the first time since scoring scores of 91 and 28 in Tests against New Zealand. Steve Smith is the top-ranked batsman in the rankings while Australia’s Pat Cummins leads the bowling rankings with 907 points.