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ICC Test Rankings: Virat Kohli Regains the Top Spot, Hardik Pandya Makes Gains 

ICC Test Rankings: Virat Kohli Regains the Top Spot, Hardik Pandya Makes Gains
Virat Kohli. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Indian skipper Virat Kohli has regained his top spot in the latest ICC Test rankings. Kohli could not make a longer stay at the summit of the rankings after his mundane performance in the second Test match at Lord’s where he scored 40 runs.

However, Kohli was once again sensational with the bat in the third Test match at Trent Bridge. Kohli scored a fine 97 in the first innings and followed it with another 103 in the second innings.

Virat Kohli, ICC Test Rankings
Virat Kohli takes back his numero uno position.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Virat Kohli comes back to the top place.

Thus, Kohli’s fine knock in the third Test match helped him rise to 937 rating points. The Indian skipper was able to get back to the pinnacle of the ICC Test rankings.

Therefore, Kohli is one point shy of making the top 10 rating points ever. Don Bradman (961 points), Steve Smith (947), Len Hutton (945), Jack Hobbs and Ricky Ponting (both on 942), Peter May (941), and Gary Sobers, Clyde Walcott, Vivian Richards and Kumar Sangakkara (all on 938 points).

On the other hand, Hardik Pandya who had a dream match with both bat and ball made massive strides in the latest ICC Test rankings. Pandya scalped a fifer in the first innings of the third Test match which helped him jump by 23 places to move to the 51st place in the bowler’s rankings. Thus, Pandya attained the career-best rating of 340 points.

England v India 2018, Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul
Hardik Pandya came up with his best bowling performance. (Photo by Tim Goode/PA Images via Getty Images)

Hardik Pandya impressed with both ball and ball.

Furthermore, Pandya scored a run-a-ball 52 which helped him gain eight spots to move to the 51st place in the ICC batsmen rankings.

On the other hand, Jasprit Bumrah who scalped a five-for in the second innings moved to 37th rank in the bowler’s rankings.

Ajinkya Rahane scored a fine 81 to get back to form which helped him move up the tree by four places to take the 19th rank. Meanwhile, Shikhar Dhawan occupies the 22nd place in the rankings.

England v India 2018, Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane scored a fine 81 on Day 1. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Jos Buttler who scored his maiden century in Test cricket gained 22 places to attain the 47th position in the ICC Test rankings of batsmen.

Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow slipped by two places to perch at the new rank of 5th and 11th place respectively in the table.

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