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Virat Kohli slips to 9th spot while deputy KL Rahul gains 18 places in ICC Test rankings | Cricket News

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Team India Test captain Virat Kohli slipped a couple places in the ICC Test ranking this week. Kohli, who managed scores of 35 and 18 in the first Test, missed the ongoing second Test against South Africa due to upper back spasms.

The couple of poor outings in the Boxing Day Test means that Kohli slipped a couple of places in the ICC Test batsman rankings to 9th spot with Pakistan skipper Babar Azam and Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne climbing a place each.

India opener and stand-in captain KL Rahul has made a huge gain of 18 slots to reach the 31st position among batters in the latest ICC Test rankings after his ‘Player-of-the-Match’ effort that helped India defeat South Africa by 113 runs in the first Test.

With the win in Centurion, India took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series which is a part of the World Test Championship (WTC). Rahul, whose best in the format is eighth position that he attained in November 2017, struck 123 in the first innings and was associated in an important 117-run opening partnership with Mayank Agrawal (60) as India became the first Asian team to win a Test match at the venue while gaining important points in the WTC points table.

Agarwal has gained one place for his contribution, while Ajinkya Rahane is up two places to 25th in the latest update that is carried out on Wednesdays and includes all matches that are completed by Tuesday each week.

Fast bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami are other Indians to move up the rankings. Bumrah was up three spots to ninth after finishing with five wickets in the match while Shami’s eight wickets, including a five-for in the first innings, saw him move up two places to 17th.

For South Africa, captain and opener Dean Elgar has progressed two spots to 14th after a fighting 77 in the second innings, while Temba Bavuma was up 16 places to 39th for his scores of 52 and 35 not out. Kagiso Rabada, who grabbed seven scalps, has advanced one place to sixth position while his fellow fast bowler Lungi Ngidi has gained 16 slots and is 30th on the list after finishing with eight wickets in the match.

Debutant left-arm fast bowler Marco Jensen entered the rankings in 97th position.

(with PTI inputs)





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