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Virat Kohli climbs to career-best 3rd in Test rankings, Ashwin tops bowlers’ and all-rounders’ list

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India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [Published on:30 Nov 2016, 15:55:18]

Indian Test captain Virat Kohli has moved up to a career-best third position in the latest ICC Test rankings for batsmen.

Australia captain Steve Smith tops the rankings with 897 points while England’s Joe Root is at the second position with 847 points.

Virat Kohli is at number three with 833 points.

Meanwhile, Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has topped the charts in both the bowlers’ and all-rounders’ list.

 Ashwin has consolidated his position at the top in the Test all-rounders’ rankings with 493 points, a tally not reached by anyone since retired South Africa player Jacques Kallis in 2008.

Another Indian batsman to figure in top-10 is Cheteshwar Pujara, who occupies the eighth spot in the table. 

The latest ICC rankings comes after Virat Kohli led his team to an eight-wicket win over England in Mohali.

Starting the five-Test series against England in 15th position, Kohli has risen at a fast pace, scoring 405 runs in three Tests so far. India currently lead the series 2-0.

The 28-year-old Test skipper scored 62 and six not out in the recently-concluded third Test to move to 833 points.

Top-ranked in Twenty20 Internationals and second in One-Day Internationals, Kohli will look to improve his ranking further in the remaining two Test matches against England.

Ashwin’s spin partner Ravindra Jadeja is the other Indian to feature in the top-10 of both Test bowlers’ and all rounders’ rankings. 

While he is holding the seventh position in the bowlers’ list, Jadeja has gained two slots to reach a career-best fourth as an all-rounder after scoring a crucial 90 in his only innings in Mohali.

(With PTI inputs)

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Virat Kohli climbs to career-best 3rd in Test rankings