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Virat Kohli claims second position in ICC Test Rankings

Virat Kohli (left) continues his dominance
Virat Kohli (left) continues his dominance

India skipper Virat Kohli has moved to the second position in the International Cricket Council Rankings for batsmen following his stellar performance in the third Test against Sri Lanka in Delhi.

Kohli, who amassed 610 runs in the three-match series recorded his highest individual score of 243 runs in the first innings and followed it with a fluent half-century as well. It was his sixth double century in Test cricket that saw him club three places and is currently 45 points behind Australian captain Steven Smith.

England skipper Joe Root is positioned third while Cheteshwar Pujara and Kane Williamson have dropped two and one position respectively to take the fourth and fifth positions.

The other significant mover in the rankings has been Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal, who registered his career best figure of 164 runs to break into the top 10 positions and is currently at eighth.

Angelo Mathews (up by 7 positions), Shaun Marsh (+16), Dhananjaya de Silva (+9) and Colin de Grandhomme (+35) have also made progress in the rankings for batsmen following last week performances in Delhi, Adelaide and Wellington.

Meanwhile, Ravindra Jadeja has slipped a place to the third position in bowling rankings after managing just five wickets in the Delhi game with Kagiso Rabada moving second.

England's James Anderson continue to top the rankings while Neil Wagner's seven wicket haul and Mitchell Starc's five wicket haul in Wellington and Adelaide respectively saw them gain two places each to the seventh and eighth positions respectively.

Meanwhile, the all-rounder rankings see just one change in the top five with Ravichandran Ashwin dropping to fourth and as a result, England's Ben Stokes, who is currently under session progresses to third place.

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