ICC rankings: Smith extends his lead over Kohli
Australia’s best batsman Steve Smith is getting better and better as the game progresses. He dominated England from the word go and eventually reaped rewards as he ended up as the top run-scorer in the Ashes 2019 series. In the process, he became the No.1 batsman in Test cricket.
He has extended his lead over Indian captain Virat Kohli at the No.1 spot in the ICC Test batsmen rankings. He has a healthy lead of 34 points over Kohli as the rankings were disclosed recently.
The 30-year-old batsman Steve Smith scored 293 (211+82) runs in the fourth Test and thereby, he has further strengthened his position in the rankings table.
With this incredible performance, he is clearly assured of the top spot after the conclusion of the five-match series between Australia and England.
Aussie fast bowler Pat Cummins also sits at the top spot in the bowlers’ rankings. The bowler bagged 7 wickets in the recently-concluded match and has 63-rating points well ahead of the second-placed South Africa bowler Kagiso Rabada.
India’s Jasprit Bumrah is ranked at the third place and Josh Hazlewood has also entered the top ten spot for the first time in his career. He has moved to 8th place.
Afghanistan’s 224-run victory over Bangladesh in Chattogram has also led to major gains for their cricketers. Afghan captain Rashid Khan’s player of the match performance of 11 for 104 has pushed him from 69th to 37th position in the bowling rankings.
Former Afghan skipper Asghar Afghan’s scores of 92 and 50 have taken him from 110th to 63rd position while Rahmat Shah’s hundred in the first innings has helped him move from 93rd to 65th.