Indian cricket team captain and ICC Cricketer of the Year Viral Kohli has surpassed the record of Caribbean cricket ace Brian Lara for all-time career-high Player Rankings for Test Batsman after earning 12 points from Johannesburg Test match.
In the Hall of Frame of cricket world, Indian captain Virat Kohli has added up more significance for himself by surpassing Brian Lara in the all-time list of batsmen with highest-ever ranking points in the ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen. The feat was achieved by Kohli during the latest Johannesburg Test match when he entered the third and final test on 900 points and earned 12 points – ending up with 912 points and leg-frogging Lara’s record of 911. Hence, with 912 points, Kohli has now landed on the 26th position in the list which is topped by Don Bradman with 961. The list by MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen was updated after the conclusion of Johannesburg Test.
Kohli has recently jumped from 31st to 26th rank by leapfrogging Lara (911), Kevin Pietersen (909), Hashim Amla (907), Shivnarine Chanderpaul (901) and Michael Clarke (900). Kohli will now compete with ICC Cricket Hall of Famer Sunil Gavaskar, who had bagged the 916 score during the Oval Test in England in 1979. So Kohli will now seek for gaining 5 points and surpass Gavaskar’s record in the Test match against Afghanistan in June or during five-Test series against England in August. Besides Kohli, other batsmen who jumped up their rankings include Hashim Amla on 7th rank (up by 1), Dean Elgar on 12th (up by 2) and Ajinkya Rahane on 18th (up by 5).
There have been major changes in the list for Test Batsmen list, however, the top five of the ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers has remained unchanged with James Anderson, Kagiso Rabada, Ravindra Jadeja, Josh Hazlewood and Ravichandran Ashwin the top 5 bowlers in descending order. The only bowlers inside the top 20 to improve their rankings were Morne Morkel, who has moved up two places to ninth, and Mohammed Shami, who has risen two places to a career-best 15th position.