Australian captain Steven Smith is known to score runs, in plenty, and after he did the same against India in Pune, he broke the record books as he claimed the sixth position in all-time highest ratings for a batsman in history of Test cricket, revealed in the latest ICC ratings recently.
With his rating 939, Smith eclipsed the likes of Sir Vivian Richards, Sir Gary Sobers and even Sri Lankan great Kumar Sangakkara. A list, rather priceless one given the quality of batsmen inducted, has three Aussies in the name of Sir Donald Bradman, former skipper Ricky Ponting and now Steven Smith.
Bradman, arguably the best batsman ever to have graced the game, sits right up there with a tally of 961 points he achieved against India way back in 1948.
The list also includes two of England’s greats Sir Len Hutton and Sir Jack Hobbs, who hold the second and third spot with 945 and 942 points respectively. Ricky Ponting and Peter May follow them with their career best numbers of 942 and 941.
In the batsmen rankings, Smith is 66 points ahead of his rival and second placed India’s Virat Kohli. England’s new Test captain Joe Root is third while the Kiwi captain Kane Williamson is fourth.
In Pune, Smith scored a gutsy century in second innings to help Australia gain big lead and eventually gave India a mountain target to achieve, which they failed to do so by 333 runs.