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Virat Kohli rises to career best 3rd spot in ICC Test Rankings


(FILES) This file photo taken on October 9, 2016 shows Indian batsman and captain Virat Kohli reacting towards the crowd as he walks back towards pavilion after his dismissal during the second day of third test cricket match between India and New Zealand at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore. As India begin their five-match Test series against England this week, AFP Sport takes a look at key players on both sides. Kohli is in the form of his life after scoring two double centuries this year and appears increasingly comfortable with the responsibility of being Test skipper. / AFP PHOTO / PUNIT PARANJPE / ----IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE----- / GETTYOUT

Dubai: India Test skipper Virat Kohli has moved up to his career-best third spot in the latest ICC Test Rankings for batsmen following his useful contribution in team’s eight-wicket win over England in the third Test in Mohali.

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Kohli made 62 and six not out to move to 833 points in the third Test, within 14 points of England’s Joe Root in a list led by Australia captain Steve Smith. His knock proved significant in the sense that India have now taken a 2-0 lead in the five-match series against the Alastair Cook-led side.

Starting the series in 15th position, the 28-year-old flamboyant batsman has risen at a fast pace scoring 405 runs in the three Tests against England.

Kohli, who is top-ranked in Twenty20 internationals and second in One-Day Internationals, looks determined to top the table in Tests, the only format in which he has never been top-ranked. The remaining two Tests provide more opportunity to Kohli, who had led India to victory in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in Malaysia in 2008.

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In the Player Rankings for Test Bowlers, Mohammad Shami has moved up two places to take 19th position.

Meanwhile, in the list of all-rounders, Ravindra Jadeja, who was adjudged Man of the Match in the Mohali Test, has gained two slots to reach a career-best fourth slot.

His spin partner Ravichandran Ashwin has consolidated his position at the top with 493 points, a tally not reached by anyone since retired South Africa player Jacques Kallis in 2008.