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Kholi Will Be Eyeing No.1 Spot in Tests

Virat Kohli moved to 2nd place with  893 points in fresh ICC Test Rankings. Kohli played his career best knock of 243 runs in the 3rd and final test match of the series between India and Sri Lanka.

Kohli’s double hundred was followed by a 50 in the second innings as he finished with series on 610 runs and also gone to win man of the series award, which India clinched 1-0 after the first and third Test ended in draws in Kolkata and New Delhi.

Virat Kohli Stats against Sri Lanka

Match Score
1st Test 0, 104*
2nd Test 213, DNB
3rd Test 243, 50

Kohli, who slammed hundred and back-to-back double-hundreds and reached three times in 3 figures in the series. Kohli started the series on 5th position but jumped to 2nd position leaving behind David Warner, Cheteshwar Pujara, Kane Williamson and Joe Root after the stupendous run which saw him average 152.50.

While he is still 45 points behind Australian skipper Steve Smith who is at No.1 spot with 938 points on the points table. Kohli would be definitely eyeing the No. 1 position which will make him No. 1 batsman in all three formats as he is currently at No. 1 spot in ODIs and T20Is.

ICC Test Batsmen Rankings

Among other Indians, opener Murali Vijay (up three places to 25th) and middle-order batsman Rohit Sharma (up six places to 40th) are the other batsmen to move up.

Pujara slipped two places to the fourth spot, while Ravindra jadeja dropped down to the third position from 2nd spot in the bolwers ranking. R Ashwin was stable at the fourth spot.

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting is the only batsman to have been at the top in all three formats at the same time – in December-January 2005-06, while his fellow Matthew Hayden is the other batsman to have topped all three formats.

For Sri Lanka, their skipper Dinesh Chandimal busted into the top 10 for the first time in his career: he moved up eight spots and is presently ninth after making 366 runs in the Test series against India.

Though Smith is having a considerable lead over Kohli, the competition for second to fifth positions remains extreme. Before this Test, there was only 11 points difference between second-ranked Pujara from fifth-ranked Kohli. But now the gap is increased to 28 points between 2nd and 5th position.

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