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Following his superlative performance with the bat in the Edgbaston Test against England, India captain Virat Kohli has become the no. 1 Test batsman in the latest ICC rankings released on Sunday. Kohli struck his 22nd century – 149 – in the first innings of the first India vs England Test and followed that with 51 in the second dig in a contest India went on to lose by a close margin of 31 runs on Day 4.

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Kohli, 29, is the first India batsman, and seventh overall, since the legendary Sachin Tendulkar to climb up to the top of the chars in the Test rankings for batsmen since June 2011.

Following his Test aggregate of 200 runs, Kohli gained 31 points, which helped replace Steve Smith at the top for the first time in his 67-Test career. Following his rise, Smith’s 32-month reign as the world’s top Test batsman has come to an end.

Kohli has a five-point lead over his Australian rival who had made the top-spot his own since reaching there in December 2015. However, Kohli will have to maintain his excellent form in the remaining four Tests in order to remain at the top.

Tendulkar had joined South Africa’s Jacques Kallis in number-one position in January 2011, but had dropped to second spot following the Jamaica Test in June 2011 after he had missed the three-Test series against the West Indies.

Apart from Kohli and Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag and Dilip Vengsarkar are the other India batsmen to have achieved number-one rankings during their careers.

With 934 points, Kohli has become India’s highest-ranked batsman, 14th overall, on the all-time tally of points.

Kohli 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.

Kohli, who led 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.

England’s 20-year-old allrounder Sam Curran also made a massive jump in the ICC Rankings for Test batsmen following his scores of 24 and 63 in the two innings of the Edgbaston Test and has climbed up to 72nd spot after entering the Tests at 152nd.

He also took five wickets in the Test and thus rose 49 places to 62nd spot. In the allrounder’s list, he gained 58 places to claim the 37th spot.

England’s wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow is the other England player to improve his ranking. The Yorkshireman now shares 12th position with the West Indies’ Kraigg Brathwaite after moving up four places.

The batsmen to lose ground after the Edgbaston Test include Alastair Cook 17th (down by four places), KL Rahul 19th (down by one place), Ajinkya Rahane 22nd (down by three places), Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dawan, who now share 25th position after slipping two and one spots, respectively, and Ben Stokes 33rd (down by five places).

In the bowlers’ rankings, Stuart Broad and Mohammed Shami are the two bowlers inside the top-20 who have headed in the opposite direction, while James Anderson has retained his top spot but his lead over Kagiso Rabada has been reduced to two points.

Broad is now ranked 13th after falling one place, while Shami is in 19th spot after sliding two places. Stokes has compensated for his double failure with the bat by taking six wickets in the Test, including three of India’s last four wickets. For this performance, he has been rewarded with a rise of four places, which has put him in 27th position.

India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has gained 14 points following his four for 62 and three for 59, which means he now trails South Africa’s fourth-ranked Vernon Philander by just one point, while Ishant Sharma has collected 19 points to move within 13 points of 25th-ranked team-mate Bhuvneshwar Kumar.