India captain Virat Kohli has surpassed Australia’s Steven Smith to become the new No 1 in ICC Rankings. Kohli becomes only the seventh ever Indian batsman to achieve this feat, first since Sachin achieved it. It was his mind-boggling 149 and a fifty to follow it up that helped the Indian to go past the Australian. Virat Kohli has gone up by 31 points, which helped him to end Steve Smith’s 32-month reign as the top-ranked batsman and reach the top of the summit for the first time in his 67-Test career. Also Read - SRH vs RCB Dream11 IPL 2020 Predicted Playing XI, Pitch Report And Weather Forecast

At 934 points, Kohli has become India’s highest-ranked batsman, 14th overall, on the all-time tally of points. Kohli had entered the Edgbaston Test on 903 points, 13 points behind Gavaskar, and is now ahead of the ICC Cricket Hall of Famer by 18 points. Also Read - IPL 2020, Match 3 Preview: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

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If Kohli can deliver another strong performance in the second Test at Lord’s, then he can break into the top-10 by leapfrogging Matthew Hayden, Kallis and AB de Villiers, whose highest points tally was 935 each. Donald Bradman (961) and Steve Smith (947) are the two batsmen sitting on top of this exclusive list.

Kohli, who powered India to the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup title in 2008 and then won the prestigious Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year in 2017, is the 76th player to top the Test batting rankings. He is also the number-one ranked ODI batsman, but is ranked 12thin T20Is, 220 points behind number-one ranked Aaron Finch of Australia.

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BATSMEN (top 20)

Rank    (+/-)      Player             Team   Points  Avge    Highest Rating

1       (+1)      Virat Kohli        Ind       934!    54.28  934 v Eng at Edgbaston 2018

2       (-1)       Steve Smith     Aus      929      61.37  947 v SA at Durban 2018

3       ( – )       Joe Root          Eng      865      52.18  917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

4       ( – )       Kane Williamson           NZ        847      50.35  893 v Aus at Perth 2015

5       ( – )       David Warner   Aus      820      48.20  880 v NZ at Perth 2015

6       ( – )       C. Pujara          Ind       791      50.34  888 v SL at Nagpur 2017

7       ( – )       D. Karunaratne SL        754!    37.28  754 v SA at Colombo (SSC) 2018

8       ( – )       D. Chandimal   SL        733      44.96  755 v Win at St Lucia 2018

9       ( – )       Dean Elgar       SA       724      41.05  784 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018

10      ( – )       Aiden Markram SA       703*    47.27  759 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018

11      ( – )       Ross Taylor      NZ        697      47.22  871 v Win at Hamilton 2013

12=    ( – )       Kraigg Brathwaite         Win      695      37.94  701 v Eng at Headingley 2017

(+4)      Jonny Bairstow Eng      695      38.64  772 v SA at Old Trafford 2017

14      ( – )       Hashim Amla    SA       673      47.23  907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

15      ( – )       Azhar Ali          Pak      672      44.84  787 v Aus at Melbourne 2016

16      (+1)      Faf du Plessis  SA       665      42.33  734 v Ind at Centurion 2018

17      (-4)       Alastair Cook    Eng      658      45.36  874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012

18      (+2)      Kusal Mendis   SL        641      36.78  693 v Win at St Lucia 2018

19      (-1)       Lokesh Rahul   Ind       634      39.20  761 v SL at Pallekele 2017

20      (+1)      Usman Khawaja           Aus      633      42.00  747 v Pak at Sydney 2017

BOWLERS (top 20)

Rank    (+/-)      Player             Team   Points  Avge    Highest Rating

1       ( – )       James Anderson          Eng      884      27.19  896 v Win at Lord’s 2017

2       ( – )       Kagiso Rabada            SA       882      21.71  902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018

3       ( – )       Ravindra Jadeja           Ind       857      23.11  899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017

4       ( – )       Vernon Philander         SA       826      21.54  912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013

5       ( – )       R. Ashwin         Ind       825      25.17  904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016

6       ( – )       Pat Cummins    Aus      800*!   23.81  800 v SA at Johannesburg 2018

7       ( – )       Trent Boult       NZ        795      27.84  825 v Eng at Lord’s 2015

8       ( – )       Rangana Herath          SL        791      27.95  867 v Zim at Harare 2016

9       ( – )       Neil Wagner     NZ        765      28.26  785 v Win at Wellington 2017

10      ( – )       Josh Hazlewood           Aus      759      26.84  863 v Ind at Bengaluru 2017

11      ( – )       Shannon Gabriel          Win      757!    29.57  757 v Ban at Jamaica 2018

12      (+1)      Jason Holder    Win      731*!   29.35  731 v Ban at Jamaica 2018

13      (-1)       Stuart Broad    Eng      730      28.95  880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016

14=    ( – )       Tim Southee    NZ        720      30.82  799 v Win at Jamaica 2014

( – )       Mitchell Starc    Aus      720      28.17  805 v SA at Durban 2018

16      ( – )       Nathan Lyon    Aus      710      32.21  774 v Eng at Adelaide 2017

17      (+1)      Keshav Maharaj           SA       692*    27.65  695 v Zim at Port Elizabeth 2017

18      (+1)      Yasir Shah       Pak      683      29.44  878 v Eng at Lord’s 2016

19      (-2)       M. Shami          Ind       680      29.04  703 v SA at Johannesburg 2018

20      ( – )       Kemar Roach   Win      667      28.31  774 v SA at Centurion 2014

The Indian captain alone scored 200 runs, whereas the entire team combined managed to score 214 runs, just goes to show the dominance of the India captain. What India needs to correct in the second Test at Lords is that others will have to stand up and get counted if they want to challenge England. Cricket is a team sport and a single individual cannot win you Test matches.

(With ICC inputs)