Classification of the ICC test: Virat Kohli loses the number 1 position to Steve Smith

MANCHESTER: captain of India virat Kohli has been dethroned by Australia's batting pillar Steve Smith from the number one spot in the latest ICC Test Ranking for batters.

Meanwhile, the vice captain of India Ajinkya Rahane He has returned to the top 10, climbing four places to number 7, after continuing his half century and one hundred in Antigua with another half century useful in Jamaica. Hanuma Vihari , who was the best runner in the two-game series against the West Indies by collecting 289 races, has risen 40 places to No. 30 after only six Tests.

Kohli, who made 76 in the first innings in the second Test against the West Indies, leaked his first ball from Kemar Roach in the second tickets to the wicket-keeper and was fired by a golden duck. After three tests this year, you still have to add to your 25 tests hundreds.

That allowed Smith, who missed the third test at Headingley, to open a single-point lead in the rankings announced Tuesday. The 32-year-old has the opportunity to extend that advantage in the fourth Ash Test, which begins Wednesday at the Old Trafford in Manchester.

Smith was in first place since December 2015. It was only in August 2018, when Smith was serving a ban on his role in the Newlands ball manipulation scandal that Kohli overcame him on the charts after reaching more qualification points. high in the series. against England

Australia No.4 has struggled to rise again in the charts in its first series since the ban, making twin centuries in the first Test against England and 92 in the second. Now he has an average of 63.2 in Cricket Test.

Kohli's next opportunity to challenge Smith will be in the home test series against South Africa, starting October 2 in Visakhapatnam.