Well it appears that the time is certainly favoring newly appointed Test captain Virat Kohli. Only yesterday he was given charge of the captaincy of Team India in Test with immediate effect after the former Indian captain MS Dhoni decided to quit the longer version of the game. Owing to his scintillating performance in the ongoing test series with Australia, Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli has jumped four places, from earlier 19th position to 15th spot in the latest ICC Player Rankings.
Kohli while displaying his tremendous batting skills had scored 169 and 54 in the first and second innings of the just-concluded third Test is the best-placed Indian batsman in the list with 737 ranking points.
Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay are the next best Indian batsmen in the list with their standing at 19th and 20th spot after losing two and one place respectively. Ajinkya Rahane, who was earlier holding 41th spot, after scoring 147 and 48 in the third Test, made a jump of 15 places to reach 26th spot.
The Indian Bowlers have also moved upwards In the ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers, Umesh Yadav and Mohammad Shami have improved eight places each to be placed at the 36th and 38th spot in the list. There is no change to the top five in the ICC Player Rankings for Test All-Rounders. Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh leads the field, followed by Vernon Philander of South Africa and India’s Ravichandran Ashwin.
South Africa, however is just a draw away from retaining the Reliance ICC Test Championship mace and with it winning a cash award of USD 500,000. In case South Africa draws the Cape Town Test and Australia wins in Sydney, then South Africa will finish on 122 ratings points, while Australia’s 119 ratings points. Meanwhile if the West Indies wins in Cape Town Test and Australia wins in Sydney, then Australia will finish ahead of South Africa by a fraction of a point (0.2).
The side that will finish second will pocket USD 390,000, while England and Pakistan have been guaranteed USD 280,000 and USD 170,000 after sealing third and fourth positions, respectively, following the Christchurch Test result.
The annual cut-off for the Reliance ICC Test Championship is April 2015. But with the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 to be played from 14 February to 29 March 2015, the current Test series are the last for the season.