Virat Kohli scored 167 and 81 to lead India to a massive victory    AFP
Virat Kohli scored 167 and 81 to lead India to a massive victory AFP

Indian Test captain Virat Kohli has moved up to the 4th spot in ICC Rankings for batsmen in Test cricket, following his domination over England in the recently-concluded second Test against England. Kohli struck a century and a half-century in the Visakhapatnam Test to help India hammer England by a massive margin of 246 runs, and thus attained his career best rankings. The second Test of the five-match series was even more special for Kohli, who also completed his 50 Tests for India and celebrated the occasion with a massive win which has put his team in a strong position against the touring side.

The ICC said in a release, Kohli is currently top-ranked in Twenty20 Internationals and has also held the top position in One-Day Internationals, but has never moved above 10th place in Tests. However, his sublime knocks of 167 and 81 in Visakhapatnam have helped him move up further as he crossed the 800-point mark for the first time, becoming only the 11th India batsman to do so.

The release added, For his efforts in Visakhapatnam, Kohli has earned 97 points. The 28-year-old from Delhi, who led his side to victory in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2008 in Kuala Lumpur, now trails second-ranked Joe Root of England by 22 points. Another strong performance in the Mohali Test, which begins on Saturday, 26 November, will mean he will edge closer in his quest to top the batting table.

The ICC said Cheteshwar Pujara, who has so far struck two centuries against England in the first two Tests also moved up to the 9th spot. England wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes have moved up as well. Bairstow is now at the 12th spot in the ICC Rankings whereas the left-handed all-rounder Stokes is now at the 28th spot.

Among the bowlers, Mohammed Shami moved up five places to be at the 21st spot, whereas star Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is now at the 6th spot. England bowlers Stuart Broad and Moeen Ali are at 5th and 23rd spots respectively.