Virat Kohli became only the second Indian batsman to achieve 900 points in ICC Test Ranking for batsmen © Getty Images
Virat Kohli became only the second Indian batsman to achieve 900 points in ICC Test Ranking for batsmen © Getty Images

Virat Kohli has become only the second Indian batsman after Sunil Gavaskar to breach the 900-point mark in the ICC Rankings for Test Batsmen. Gavaskar had achieved the milestone in his 50th Test when he scored 13 and 221 at The Oval in 1979. Gavaskar had then moved from 887 points to his career-high 916 points.

Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid came close to the mark but could not break the barrier. Tendulkar peaked to 898 points in 2002, while in 2005 Dravid achieved 892 points.

Kohli recorded his 21st Test hundred (in his 65th Test) during the second Test against South Africa at Centurion. His 153 is only the second three-figure score registered by an Indian captain in South Africa. Kohli, who was at 880 points, jumped to the 900 mark.

Kohli is the 31st batsman in Test history to reach this mark. Don Bradman sits at top with 961 points, while fellow Australian and the No.1 Test batsman in the world Steven Smith inching closer with 947. Len Hutton (945), Ricky Ponting and Jack Hobbs (both 942 points) follow next.

ICC honour Virat Kohli with Garfield Sobers Cricketer of the Year 2017 Trophy
ICC honour Virat Kohli with Garfield Sobers Cricketer of the Year 2017 Trophy

Kohli is the now the second-ranked batsman in Tests, only behind Smith. Cheteshwar Pujara, one of the best performers of 2017, slipped to the sixth spot while KL Rahul fell from 12th to 18th position. Quinton de Kock too slid down to 20th spot.

Rabada reigns

In the bowlers’ chart, pacer Kagiso Rabada’s reign as the number-one ranked Test bowler has lasted just one Test as he has slipped behind James Anderson following an ordinary performance by his high standards.

Ravichandran Ashwin and Vernon Philander were the other bowlers from the ongoing series inside the top 10 to slip, going down one position each. Ashwin is now fifth, while Philander is seventh.

Mohammed Shami’s four-wicket haul in the second innings sees him jump to a career-high of 17th position.

There is no change in the top five all-rounders as Shakib Al Hasan continues to lead followed by Ravindra Jadeja, Ashwin, Ben Stokes and Philander.

(Inputs from IANS)