ICC Test Rankings: Virat Kohli slips to 4th, Rishabh Pant achieves career-best position

Written by Abhishek Patil

India captain Virat Kohli slipped to the 4th spot on ICC Test Batting Rankings updated on Wednesday after the completion of the Border-Gavaskar series with Marnus Labuschagne leapfrogging the India captain to the 3rd spot. Kane Williamson continues to lead the batting charts, followed by Steve Smith who returned to form after a poor start to the India series.

The biggest gainer in the latest update is India wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant. Following his heroics at the Gabba and the Sydney Cricket Ground, Pant has moved to his career-best spot of 13th in the Test Batting Rankings. He is now the top-ranked wicketkeeper-batsman in Tests, closely followed by South Africa’s Quinton de Kock at 15th.

Pant was in full flow for India in their historic series victory. The 23-year-old did not play the series opener in Adelaide but he made a game-changing impact in the Sydney Test and the series decider in Brisbane. Pant hit a quickfire 97 and helped India seal a draw in the 3rd Test. He dominated the Australian attack, shredding their plans to pieces with an unbeaten 89 as India breached Australia’s Gabba fortress, gunning down a record target of 328 on Day 5.


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