Virat Kholi returns to top of ICC Test Ranking with display in India win over England

VIRAT KOHLI returned to the top of the ICC Test Rankings for batsmen after scoring 200 as India beat England at Trent Bridge.

Kohli moved on to 937 rating points to take him eight points ahead of Australian Steve Smith.

 Virat Kohli moved back to the top of the ICC Test Rankings for batsmen with a total of 200 at Trent Bridge

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Virat Kohli moved back to the top of the ICC Test Rankings for batsmen with a total of 200 at Trent Bridge
 The Indian captain has 937 ranking points, placing him eight clear of Steve Smith

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The Indian captain has 937 ranking points, placing him eight clear of Steve Smith

India’s KL Rahul takes catch off England’s cricket captain Joe Root and then gives the Dele Alli

The Indian captain had moved into the No1 spot when he scored a total of 200 in the first test at Edgbaston.

But scores of just 23 and 17 at Lord's, as England won by an innings and 159 runs, saw him slip down.

Kohli, though, scored 97 in his first innings and 103 in his second in Nottingham to help India to a comfortable 203-run victory, wrapped up just 17 balls into day five, and narrowed the series deficit to 2-1.

The Test proved bad news for Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and Alastair Cook, though, as the England trio dropped to fifth, 11th and 18th respectively.

 Kohli scored 97 and 103 in Nottingham, the second time he has scored exactly 200 in a Test match in this series

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Kohli scored 97 and 103 in Nottingham, the second time he has scored exactly 200 in a Test match in this series
 He took a brilliant catch to dismiss England batsman Ollie Pope in the second innings as India narrowed the series deficit to 2-1

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He took a brilliant catch to dismiss England batsman Ollie Pope in the second innings as India narrowed the series deficit to 2-1

Kohli is now just one point outside the all-time top ten, with Gary Sobers, Clyde Walcott, Viv Richards and Kumar Sangakkara all on 938.

Don Bradman leads the way on 961 points with Smith, Len Hutton, Jack Hobbs, Ricky Ponting and Peter May completing the list.

Although Kohli was named Player of the Match, it was arguably Hardik Pandya who impressed most of all at Trent Bridge.

His place in the side was under question ahead of the Test but took an impressive 5-28 in the first innings in just six overs, his maiden five-wicket haul before hitting a run-a-ball unbeaten 52 in India's second innings.

 Kohli was named Player of the Match following the display, but Hardik Pandya also impressed

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Kohli was named Player of the Match following the display, but Hardik Pandya also impressed
 Pandya impressed with both bat and ball, claiming his first five-wicket haul in the first innings

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Pandya impressed with both bat and ball, claiming his first five-wicket haul in the first innings

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Pandya's performance saw him rise eight places to 51st in the batting rankings and 23 spots, also to 51st, in the bowling charts, with a career-high 340 points.

It also saw him rise to 17th in the all-rounder ranking, a jump of 27 positions.

Jasprit Bumrah's 5-85 in England's second innings moved his ranking up to 37th after just four Tests.

Although there were further successes for the tourists, it wasn't all bad news for the England team despite the heavy defeat.

Jos Buttler's maiden Test century saw him rise 22 places to 47th while Adil Rashid's display was rewarded with a rise into the top 50 for both all-rounders and bowlers.

 Joe Root scored just 29 across the two innings at Trent Bridge and saw his ranking fall to fifth as a result

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Joe Root scored just 29 across the two innings at Trent Bridge and saw his ranking fall to fifth as a result
 Jos Buttler scored his first Test century and was rewarded by a rise to 47th in the rankings

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Jos Buttler scored his first Test century and was rewarded by a rise to 47th in the rankings

 

VIRAT KOHLI returned to the top of the ICC Test Rankings for batsmen after scoring 200 as India beat England at Trent Bridge.