September 4, 2018
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ICC rankings: Shami back in Top 20, Kohli consolidates top spot

By Chaitanya Laxman

Team India may have lost the fourth Test and also the series against England, but Indian cricketers continue to dominate the ICC cricket rankings.

Although India failed to capitalize during the crunch moments in this Test series, individual performances from Indian players ensured that India put a fight before going down. The run machine Virat Kohli who has amassed 544 runs in eight innings so far in this Test series continues to rise in the Test rankings for the batsman.

Kohli remains on the top spot and now has 937 rating points, which is his highest in his career so far. With 937 rating points he has reached at number 11 in the list of best ever in terms of rating points.

The Indian captain scored 46 and 58 runs in the two innings in the fourth Test and these runs have enabled him to increase the gap between him and Steve Smith who is at number two with 929 rating points.

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The fact that Smith won’t play Test cricket for the next few months and the number three batsman Kane Williamson is at 844 rating points indicates that Kohli is set to stay at the top for atleast some more weeks.

India’s bowlers have continued to impress in the Test series and Mohammad Shami was the pick of the bowlers as he claimed six wickets in the Test. This effort has brought him back in the Top 20 and now he is placed at number 19. Ishant Sharma is at number 25 while Bumrah remains on number 37 but has reached to rating points of 487.

Cheteshwar Pujara scored a gritty century in the first innings and it has pushed his rating points to 798 enabling him to retain his sixth spot. He is the only Indian batsman apart from Kohli in the top ten.

England’s cricketers have gained immensely as well. Moeen Ali has climbed three places to reach to the 33rd spot thanks to his nine wickets that earned him the man-of-the-match award as well.

Sam Curran who has produced match-turning knocks in the lower order has leapfrogged to 43rd spot while Jos Butler, England’s best batsman in this series so far is at 32nd position with 584 rating points which is his best-ever in his Test career.

Chaitanya Laxman