the ustralia treadmill Steve Smith passed to the captain of India, Virat Kohli, to claim the No. 1 test hitter Kohli scored 76 in the first innings of India’s second test against the West Indies in Jamaica, but was fired by a First ball duck in the second inning.
Virat Kohli has now fallen to n. ° 2 in the ICC ranking for Test Batsmen with 903 points. Steve Smith leads Kohli for just 1 point, but will have the opportunity to consolidate that leadership in the last 2 test matches of the Ashes series against England.
Steve Smith was banned for a year because of the ball manipulation scandal in South Africa in 2018, but made a sensational return with hundreds of twins in the first Ash Test in Birmingham. He followed that with an elegant 92 in Lord’s before being discarded after a blow to the neck.
Steve Smith did not play the third test that England won in an exciting way after a heroic century of Ben Stokes.
Virat Kohli and Steve Smith are the best batting rivals in modern cricket. While Smith has 6577 races, including 25 hundreds of 66 tests, Kohli has accumulated 6749 races and 25 hundreds of 79 tests.
But with scores of 9, 51, 76 and 0, Virat Kohli lost his first place to Steve Smith.
Virat Kohli will have the opportunity to claim first place when India faces South Africa in a series of 3 tests at home.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and Indian batter Cheteshwar Pujara continued to maintain their No.3 and No.4 rankings respectively, while Joe Root climbed to No.6.
In the first match of the Ashes Test, Steve Smith made a brilliant comeback, playing three innings of two Tests but managed to regain his position by scoring 378 runs (144,142,92). At the same time the Test series for India has ended, while Steve Smith still has 2 Tests to play in the Ashes. Steve Smith has a great chance to increase this slight difference in the ratings of the ICC.
Ajinkya Rahane, who had a great series against the West Indies, rose to number 7, while Dimuth Karunaratne and Aiden Markram slipped, but continued in the top 10.
ICC Test Batsmen Rankings (As of September 3, 2019)
1. Steve Smith
2. Virat Kohli
3. Kane Williamson
4. Cheteshwar Pujara
5. Henry Nicholls
6. Joe Root
7. Ajinkya Rahane
8. Tom Latham
9. Dimuth Karunaratne
10. Aiden Markram