Virat Kohli is already at No. 1 in T20Is and at NO. 2 in ODIs    AFP (File photo)
Virat Kohli is already at No. 1 in T20Is and at NO. 2 in ODIs AFP (File photo)

Virat Kohli on Wednesday achieved another career-best as he climbed to the third spot in ICC Test Rankings, following the completion of India versus England third Test at Mohali. Kohli scored a fine 62 in the third Test, which India won by a huge margin of 8 wickets inside four days. Kohli has been in terrific form since the third Test against New Zealand at Indore, wherein he scored his career-highest 211 to help India register a clean sweep. After playing two very crucial innings in the first Test against England at Rajkot, Kohli has struck three consecutive big knocks to help his team dominate.

In the Visakhapatnam Test, Kohli single-handedly led England demolition as he scored 167 and 81 not out to help India pummel the touring side by 246 runs. Kohli s performances at Visakhapatnam one of his favourite hunting grounds helped him move to the fourth position in the ICC Rankings. Now, with his contribution of 62 runs in India s massive total of 417 in the first innings, Kohli has moved one place above in the table. Kohli is now right behind New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, who is at the second position with 847 rating points, compared to Indian skipper s 833.

The table-topper is Australia s captain across formats, Steven Smith. Though Smith has had an ordinary time with the bat while his team has faltered, the right-hander is way ahead of Williamson and Kohli with as many as 897 points. India s No. 3 Cheteshwar Pujara is at the eighth position with 760 rating points.

The ICC said in a release, “The 28-year-old Kohli scored 62 and six not out to move to 833 points, within 14 points of England s Joe Root in a list led by Australia captain Steve Smith. Starting the series in 15th position, Kohli has risen at a fast pace scoring 405 runs in the three Tests against England. Kohli, who is top-ranked in Twenty20 internationals and second in One-Day Internationals, looks determined to top the table in Tests, the only format in which he has never been top-ranked. The remaining two Tests provide more opportunity to Kohli, who had led India to victory in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in Malaysia in 2008.”