After the first Test between India and England, International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the new ICC Test Rankings. In the rankings for batsmen, Virat Kohli climbed up to the no.1 position for the first time in his career beating Australian skipper Steve Smith by five points.
With the new rankings, he became the seventh Indian player to feature in the no.1 position in the ICC Test batsman rankings. At the same time, he became the ninth international player to feature at no.1 position in both ODI and Test rankings simultaneously. Let’s have a look at all the seven Indian players who featured in no.1 position.
1. Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar, one of the best Test batsmen in the Test history featured in the no.1 position in ICC Test Batsman Ranking. Once upon a time he was the leading run scorer for India in Tests and became the first batsman to score 10,000 runs in the longest format of the game. Later, Sachin Tendulkar broke his records of most Test runs and most Test centuries.
He played 125 Tests for India and scored 10,122 runs with an average of 51.12. He had a record of best career rating for an Indian batsman in ICC Test rankings which has been demolished by the current Indian skipper Virat Kohli recently.
2. Dilip Vengsarkar
Dilip Vengsarkar the right handed batsman played 116 Test matches for India. He scored a total of 6868 runs in the matches he played with an average of 42.13. He scored 17 centuries and 35 half centuries in the longest format of the game.
He was a key player in the Indian batting line-up in the late 70’s and early 80’s. He remained at no.1 position in ICC Test Batsman Ranking for 21 months till March 1989. He has a unique record of scoring three consecutive Test centuries at Lord’s.
3. Rahul Dravid
Without any argument, anyone can say Rahul Dravid is one of the finest Test batsmen India have ever produced. He is well known for his match winning Test knocks in both home and overseas. Now he is serving as the coach of India A team and India U19 team.
Rahul Dravid had a long stay at the top of ICC Test rankings with a highest rating of 892 points in March 2005. He spent 35 Tests and 226 days as No 1 batsman in ICC rankings before Sachin Tendulkar drove him away from that position. Till January 2005 he held that position. In March 2005, Sachin again climbed to that position.
4. Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir is one of the finest openers from India in the history of Test cricket. He was one of the main reasons for the team India’s arrival in no.1 position in ICC Test team ratings. He has played 58 Test matches and scored 4154 runs with an average of 41.9.
He climbed the top of the ICC Test batsman ranking in 2009 replacing Mohammed Yusuf, the Pakistan middle order batsman. In the same year he slipped from that position and became the no.1 batsman again by beating Kumar Sangakkara and Michael Clarke.
5. Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag is well known for his aggressive batting in any formats of the game. He is the one who brought a new dimension as a opener into Test cricket with his attacking performances. He is the first Indian batsman to score triple hundred in Test matches for India and also holds the record for most triple hundreds for an Indian batsman.
The Indian opener became the no.1 Test batsman in 2010 after hitting two consecutive centuries against South Africa in Kolkata and Nagpur. At the later part of that year he regained the no.1 position after scoring a century against Sri Lanka where other Indian batsmen failed to perform in the match.
6. Sachin Tendulkar
Obviously when talking about any batting records made by Indian batsmen, one name will be common in every list. It is none other than the master Sachin Tendulkar. As every one knows he is the greatest batsman for India in both Test and ODI cricket.
He occupied the no.1 position for ten times in his entire career. His longest stay in the place was from May 2000 to September 2001, a total of 477 days. In 1994 he climbed up that position for the first time. In his entire career he occupied that place foe 1157 days. In June 2011 he slipped from that position for the last time after a continuous 169 days survival in that position.
7. Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli, the current best batsman of Indian cricket team in all three formats of the game is the latest addition to the list. He became the no.1 test batsman on 5th August after exhibiting terrific performances in the first Test against England of 149 runs in first innings and 51 runs in the second innings.
Also now he holds the record for highest rating for an Indian batsman in ICC Test batsman ranking surpassing the record of Sunil Gavaskar. Currently he is leading the chart with five more extra points than the previous no.1 batsman Steve Smith.