Virat Kohli now second Indian to 900-point mark in ICC Test rankings

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Virat Kohli now second Indian to 900-point mark in ICC Test rankings

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Virat Kohli, who was recently named the captain of the ICC ODI and Test team of the year, reached another milestone by becoming the second Indian to reach the 900-mark in Tests. Meanwhile, South African pacer Kagiso Rabada lost out on the top spot to England’s James Anderson amongst the bowlers.

Despite a disappointing start to 2018, Indian skipper Virat Kohli finds himself ranked amongst the best in the game as he became the second Indian to reach the 900-point mark in ICC Test rankings.

Sunil Gavaskar was the first Indian to cross the 900-mark as he secured 916 points after he scored a remarkable 221 in his 50th Test at the Oval in 1979. Kohli, who recorded his 21st century at Centurion, got to the rare feat in his 65th Test after vaulting from 880 points to 900 points.

Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid are the other two Indian batsmen, who came close to the 900-point mark but were unable to break the barrier. Tendulkar peaked to 898 points in 2002, while Dravid achieved 892 points in 2005.

Australian Steven Smith leads the list with 961 points followed by current Australia captain Steven Smith (947), who has drawn comparisons with Bradman after peeling off 687 runs in the Ashes series. In terms of Test averages, Smith is placed just below Bradman.

In the bowlers' table, Kagiso Rabada's reign as the number-one ranked Test bowler has lasted just one Test as he has slipped behind James Anderson following an ordinary performance by his high standards. Rabada had figures of one for 74 and three for 47, which were not enough to keep him ahead of Anderson. 

Meanwhile, R Ashwin slipped a place in rankings and now at the 5th position but pacer Mohammad Shami climbed two spots to achieve a career-best ranking of 17 after taking 5 wickets in the second Test.

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