Latest Cricket News: Indian Captain Virat Kohli becomes the number 1 test batsman in the world overtaking Steve Smith

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  • Virat Kohli has overtaken Steve Smith to become the number 1 Test batsman in the world
  • Virat Kohli now has 934 points on ICC Ranking, which is the highest ever by an Indian
  • Virat Kohli is now the Number 1 batsman in ODI and Test Cricket, while he is ranked 12th in T20

In latest cricket news, following his brilliant hundred in the 1st test match against England in  Edgbaston, Virat Kohli has now overtaken Steve Smith to become the number 1 Test batsman in the world. While the rest of the Indian batting line-up managed just 214 runs in the defeat to England, captain Kohli was solid as ever scoring a total of 200 runs in the match.

India Cricket News: Kohli 1st Indian after Tendulkar to take over the number 1 spot in ICC Test batsman ranking

This is the first time Virat Kohli has reached the summit of ICC Test batsman ranking but will be the seventh Indian to do so. The Indian batsman to reach the summit was the great Sachin Tendulkar back in 2011. Kohli’s innings of 149 runs in the 1st innings of the Edgbaston Test match helped him gain a total of 31 points, which took him past Steve Smith, who he now leads by 5 points.

Apart from Tendulkar, players like Rahul Dravid, Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag and Dilip Vengsarkar have also occupied the top spot in ICC Test batsman ranking. Steve Smith had occupied the number 1 spot since December 2015 but with him out of competitive international for a while, the Royal Challengers Bangalore captain has a real chance of taking a huge lead over the Australian.

Latest Cricket News: Virat Kohli’s tally of 934 points, the highest ever by an Indian

Virat Kohli who is currently also the number 1 ODI batsman in the world is now on 934 points, which is the highest tally achieved by an Indian and the second highest among the Asian players, only Kumar Sangakkara is ahead of him with 938 runs.

Kohli’s 31 points from the Edgbaston test match helped him overtake Sunil Gavaskar points tally of 916, making him now the Indian batsman with the highest points in T20 (897), ODI (911) and Test cricket (934). However, he will need to maintain his form over the course of this English test series to finish the series as the Number 1 Test batsman in the world.

The latest cricket news is majoritively surrounding India’s 31 run defeat in the first test match against England but this news today morning would have brought a positive energy in the Indian camp, after a narrow tense defeat yesterday. Virat Kohli’s previous tour to England was a horror show but the Delhi batsman as eliminated all those fears and has started the series with a bang, supporters and his teammates will be hoping that the right-hander can continue his brilliant form for the next 4 matches as well.

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