Virat Kohli moves up to No.2 in ICC Test rankings for batsmen

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Posted on:2017-12-07 12:35:30

Virat Kohli moves up to No.2 in ICC Test rankings for batsmen

Virat Kohli has moved up to second in the ICC Test rankings (with 893 rating points) for batsmen after a sensational series against Sri Lanka where he finished with 610 runs.

Kohli scored two back-to-back double hundreds in Nagpur and Delhi including a career-best 243 at the Feroz Shah Kotla. He was named man-of-the-series as India won their ninth successive series under him.

Kohli finished 2017 with 1059 Test runs from 10 matches including five hundreds - three of them were double tons.

Kohli is already No.1 in the ODI and T20I rankings.

In the course of the year, Kohli also overtook Brian Lara to score most double hundreds as Test captain. No other Indian apart from Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag, has scored more double centurues than Kohli (6).

The 29-year-old India captain, last season, became the first man to score double hundreds in four successive Test series.

He was going through a bit of a lean patch in Test cricket in 2017 after his double hundred against Bangladesh in February. However, he bounced back, first with a hundred in Sri Lanka and then with scores of 104 not out, 213, 243 and 50 against Sri Lanka at home to finish the year on a high.

The batting list is still topped by Australian captain Steve Smith (938 rating points). England captain Joe Root is third with 879 points while Kohli's India teammate Cheteshwar Pujara is fourth with 873 points.

Kohli finished 2017 with 2818 international runs and 11 hundreds across all formats. He has been rested for the limited-overs phase against Sri Lanka and will not play the three ODIs and three T20Is against the islanders.

He will next be seen in action when India's first Test of 2018 gets underway against South Africa from January 5.

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