Virat Kohli just one point behind Steve Smith in Test rankings after career-best 254 not out
India captain could move to No 1 after third Test against South Africa in Ranchi
Last Updated: 14/10/19 12:19pm
India captain Virat Kohli has closed to within one point of top-ranked Steve Smith in the ICC Test batting standings after his career-best 254 not out against South Africa.
Kohli's seventh Test double century - an Indian record - has taken him onto 936 points and he could usurp Smith, who has 937, after next week's third Test against the Proteas in Ranchi.
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Mayank Agarwal scored a double ton in the first Test and a century in the second to leap to 17th in the standings - he is the fourth-highest ranked Indian, behind Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara (4th) and Ajinkya Rahane (9th).
Ravichandran Ashwin took six wickets in the match as India claimed an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series and that display has seen the off-spinner rise from seventh to 10th in the bowling charts.
Australia's Pat Cummins continues to lead to the way among the bowlers, ahead of South Africa's Kagiso Rabada, India's Jasprit Bumrah and West Indies captain Jason Holder, with James Anderson in fifth.