Indian captain Virat Kohli moved to No. 2 position in the latest ICC Test batting rankings. Kohli hit 243 runs in the third Test against Sri Lanka at Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi, which is also his career best innings. The match ended in a draw on Wednesday.
He scored a quickfire 50 in the second inning to take his tally in the 3rd Test to 293 runs and his series aggregate to 610 runs. He score runs at an average of 152.50 and strike rate of 82.81. The Indian skipper was unstoppable with the bat in the series, scoring back-to-back double hundreds. He scored 213 in Nagpur and 243 in Delhi.
The 29-year-old was at 6th position in the batsman’s rankings when the Test series began in November. He has surpassed David Warner, Cheteshwar Pujara, Kane Williamson and Joe Root during the series.
Kohli is now 45 points away from equalling Steve Smith, who sits at number 1 position in the rankings. Smith is currently has 938 points while Kohli has 893 points. However, Kohli enjoys being the number 1 batsman in ODIs and T20Is.
Kohli has now taken a break from international cricket as he will miss the upcoming ODI and T20I series against Sri Lanka. India tours South Africa next month and Kohli wanted to have some time off the field to comeback fully recharged for the big tour.