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Virat Kohli ends England series as world’s highest-ranked batsman

Virat Kohli ends England series as world’s highest-ranked batsman

Dubai, Sep 12 (UNI) India captain Virat Kohli ends the England series as the world’s

highest-ranked batsman

Kohli may have failed in his last innings on the tour, but he has finished as the

number-one ranked batsman in world.

He had started the series 27 points behind Australia’s Steve Smith and finished

one point ahead of his closest rival.

Kohli had first reached the top of the world after the Edgbaston Test and then

reclaimed the top spot after the Trent Bridge Test. He will now defend his

number-one ranking in the two-Test home series against the West Indies, which

starts on October 4.

England opener Alastair Cook has signed off from international cricket on a

remarkable note, moving into the top-10 of the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings

for Test Batsmen after a Player of the Match performance in the final Test against

India at The Oval.

The left-hander’s scores of 71 and 147 made him only the fifth man in history to

notch a century in his first and last Test matches, and also helped his side win by

118 runs to complete a 4-1 win in the five-match series. This memorable

performance lifted the 33-year-old 11 positions to 10th in the latest rankings, which

were released on this morning.

Cook had achieved a career-high ranking of second in September 2011 after he

had scored a Test best 294 against India at Edgbaston. This was the same year

when Cook won the prestigious ICC Test Cricketer of the Year award.

The former England captain has ended an impressive career with the third-best

ranking for a retiring England batsman after Wally Hammond (fifth) and Geoff

Boycott (eighth). However, he has finished in a higher position than any of the

batsmen who scored more runs then him in the pinnacle format.

Jacques Kallis hung his boots in 12th position, Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul

Dravid both ended their careers in 18th spot and Ricky Ponting finished in 26th

place.

Apart from winning the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year award in 2011, Cook

was named in the ICC Test Team of the Year in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 and

2016 (as captain). He also made his way in the ICC ODI Team of the Year in

2012, the year in which he reached his career-best fifth position in ODIs

during the month of June.

In other movements amongst the batsmen, captain Joe Root has moved up

one place to fourth position after a fine knock of 125 in the second innings while

other England batsmen to gain in the rankings include Jos Buttler (up nine places

to 23rd) and Moeen Ali (up five places to 43rd).

India’s Lokesh Rahul and Rishabh Pant have made big gains in the latest

rankings update. Rahul has advanced 16 places to 19th position after his knock

of 149 and Pant has moved up 63 places to 111th position after his 114 in only

his third Test match.

Ravindra Jadeja’s unbeaten 86 in the first innings has helped him gain 12 places

to reach 58th among batsmen while he has also moved up one place in the

all-rounder’s list to second position.

In the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers, England fast bowler

James Anderson started and finished the series in number-one ranking. After the

Lord’s Test, Anderson reached a career-high 903 points. Anderson started the

series with 892 points and finished just one point shy of the coveted 900-point

mark.

Other bowlers to make an upward movement after The Oval Test include Ben

Stokes (up one place to 27th), Adil Rashid (up six places to 44th) and Sam

Curran (up four places to 51st) all advancing after taking three wickets each.

Meanwhile, England have advanced to fourth position in the MRF Tyres ICC

Test Team Rankings. They have gained eight points to move above New Zealand

to 105 points and just one point behind South Africa and Australia, who are both

on 106 points with the former marginally ahead on decimal points.

India remain the top side in the format but the result has seen them lose 10

points and slip to 115 points.

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