ICC Test rankings: Virat Kohli bridges gap with Steve Smith, Mayank Agarwal enters top 10

ICC Test rankings: Virat Kohli bridges gap with Steve Smith, Mayank Agarwal enters top 10

ICC Test rankings: Virat Kohli bridges gap with Steve Smith, Mayank Agarwal enters top 10

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India captain Virat Kohli’s commanding century in Kolkata in the first Day-Night Test against Bangladesh helped him bridge the gap with top-ranked Steve Smith from 25 to three points while opener Mayank Agarwal reached the top 10 for the first time in the latest ICC rankings released on Tuesday.

India captain Kohli slammed a magnificent 136, his 27th Test ton as India sweeped the series 2-0. They won the pink ball Test by an innings and 46 runs and the first rubber before that by an innings and 130 runs to stay on top of the ICC World Test Championship rankings with 360 points.

Besides Kohli, pacers Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav claimed five-wicket hauls in Bangladesh`s first and second innings respectively.

Therefore, Ishant and Umesh reached their career-high points tallies after victory over Bangladesh. Ishant has 716 points but is in 17th place, way behind his career-best seventh place achieved in July 2011.

Bangladesh`s Mushfiqur Rahim gained four slots to reach 26th position after scoring a fighting 74 in the second innings of the historic pink ball Test while Liton Das is up eight slots to 78th position.

Meanwhile, Marnus Labuschagne and Bradley-John Watling achieved career-best positions in the ICC Test Player Rankings with epic knocks that also won the Player of the Match awards this week.

Ranjini Trinitymirror

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