Virat Kohli finishes as world’s best batsman in ICC ranking

In the latest ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen, India captain Virat Kohli has finished as the number-one ranked batsman in the world.

Kohli amassed 593 runs at an average of 59.3 in the just-completed series against England, which India lost by 1-4 margin.

The Indian captain had started the series 27 points behind Australia’s Steve Smith and finished one point ahead of his closest rival.

Kohli had first reached the top of the world after the Edgbaston Test and then reclaimed the top spot after the Trent Bridge Test. He will now defend his number-one ranking in the two-Test home series against the West Indies, which starts on October 4.

India’s Lokesh Rahul and Rishabh Pant also made big gains in the latest rankings.  Rahul advanced by 16 places to reach the 19th position after his knock of 149. Pant also moved up 63 places to 111th position after his 114 in only his third Test match.

Ravindra Jadeja’s unbeaten 86 in the first innings has helped him gain 12 places to reach 58th among batsmen. He also moved up one place in the all-rounder’s list to the second position.

Among others, England opener Alastair Cook signed off from international cricket on a remarkable note, moving into the top-10 of the ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen after a Player of the Match performance in the final Test at The Oval.

The left-hander’s scores of 71 and 147 made him only the fifth man in history to notch a century in his first and last Test matches, and also helped his side win by 118 runs to complete a 4-1 win in the five-match series.

The memorable performance lifted the 33-year-old, 11 positions to 10th in the latest rankings, which were released on TODAY  morning.

In the ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers, England fast bowler James Anderson started and finished the series in number-one ranking. He had started the series with 892 points and finished just one point shy of the coveted 900-point mark.

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