ICC rankings: Kohli loses No.1 spot to Smith

ICC rankings: Kohli loses No.1 spot to Smith

Manchester - Smith was on the top spot since December 2015



By IANS

Published: Tue 3 Sep 2019, 8:02 PM

Last updated: Tue 3 Sep 2019, 10:04 PM

India captain Virat Kohli has been dethroned by Australia's batting mainstay Steve Smith from the numero uno spot in the latest ICC Test rankings for batsmen.
Kohli, who made 76 in the first innings in the second Test against West Indies, edged his first ball from Kemar Roach in the second innings to the wicketkeeper and was dismissed for a golden duck. After three Tests this year, he has yet to add to his 25 Test hundreds.
That allowed Smith, who missed the third Test at Headingley, to open up a single-point lead in the rankings announced on Tuesday.
Smith was on the top spot since December 2015. It was only in August 2018, when Smith was serving a ban for his role in the Newlands ball-tampering scandal that Kohli overtook him on the charts after reaching career-high rating points in the series against England.
The Australia No.4 has fought his way back up the charts in his first series back from the ban, making twin centuries in the first Test against England and 92 in the second. He now averages 63.2 in Test cricket.
 


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