ICC Test rankings: Kohli becomes No 1 Test batsman, Shami enters to top-10

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Dubai: India Captain Virat Kohli ranked No.1 Test batsman in the ICC rankings while pacer Mohammed Shami has also gained one spot to move into the top ten rankings for the bowlers.

Kohli went past Smith thanks to his sterling hundred against Bangladesh in the Day-night Test against Bangladesh at Eden Gardens. After Shami’s spectacular performances against South Africa and Bangladesh he placed at 10th and ace off-spinner R Ashwin is on ninth with Jasprit Bumrah on fourth.

Virat Kohli had held the top spot for a long time before Steve Smith reclaimed the numero uno position with a mind-numbing 774 runs from 4 Tests in the Ashes series against England.

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However, while Virat Kohli scored a double hundred against South Africa and a hundred against Bangladesh, Steve Smith managed scores of 4 and 36 in a 2-Test series against Pakistan which was headlined by David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne.

Mohammed Shami was on fire against South Africa – in 3 Tests, he picked up 13 wickets. In the first Test against Bangladesh, Shami rocked the visitors in Indore with 7 wickets before picking up two more at the Eden Gardens.

Jasprit Bumrah, who has not played for India since the tour of West Indies, has managed to stay on in the top-10 while R Ashwin was the third Indian to feature in the list.

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