Kohli, Ashwin tops in ICC Ranking

Kohli, Ashwin tops in ICC Ranking

Ace batsman and Indian Cricket team Captain Virat Kohli stood second after Steve Smith in the ranking in the batting category in the ICC test ranking announced on Sunday. While Indian Off Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin held top position in bowling and all rounder category also.

Interestingly, the defeat of Indian team in the just concluded test match with Australian team did not affect the ICC ranking.   

Australia Smith reached a career-high 939 rating points after an outstanding batting effort in the Test which his team won by 333 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the four-match series, the ICC said in a statement.

Smith has not only consolidated his position at the top of the rankings for Test Batsmen but has also attained rating points which are the sixth-best ever after Don Bradman (961), Len Hutton (945), Jack Hobbs and Ricky Ponting (both 942) and Peter May (941).

In the rankings for Test Bowlers, Australia's left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe has rocketed up 33 slots to a career-best 29th place after figures of 12 for 70 which earned him the player of the match award.