ICC Test rankings: Virat Kohli retains top spot among batsmen

India captain Virat Kohli has retained the top spot in the latest released ICC Test Player rankings, accumulating 936 points on the back of a stellar 139 against West Indies in the Rajkot Test.


The 29-year-old batsman is closely trailed by Australia batsman Steve Smith who enjoys a tally of 919 points. Smith is currently not playing international cricket after being suspended by Cricket Australia following the ball-tampering allegations.

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson is placed third with 847 points while Joe Root and David Warner round off the top five with 835 and 812 points respectively.


18 year-old Indian opening batsman Prithvi Shaw who made a brilliant ton in his debut Test at Rajkot, is placed number 73 on the list.

Amongst the bowlers, James Anderson leads the charts with 899 points following excellent performances against India at home with South Africa fast-bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander closely trailing him.

Ravindra Jadeja is placed 4th in the rankings with 818 points alongside Kiwi fast bowler Trent Boult, the 5th name on the list.

The young left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav has gained 16 spots to finish 52nd in the rankings following a maiden 5-wicket haul against West Indies.

Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin are placed 2nd and 5th amongst the all-rounders list with the former trailing Bangladesh cricketer Shakib Al Hasan by a margin of just 3 points.

ICC Test Player Rankings (as on October 12):

Batsmen (Top 10)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points
1 ( – ) Virat Kohli Ind 936
2 ( – ) Steve Smith Aus 919
3 ( – ) Kane Williamson NZ 847
4 ( – ) Joe Root Eng 835
5 ( – ) David Warner Aus 812
6 ( – ) C. Pujara Ind 782
7 ( – ) D. Karunaratne SL 754!
8 ( – ) D. Chandimal SL 733
9 ( – ) Dean Elgar SA 724
10 (+9) Usman Khawaja Aus 719

Bowlers (Top 10)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points
1 ( – ) James Anderson Eng 899
2 ( – ) Kagiso Rabada SA 882
3 ( – ) Vernon Philander SA 826
4 ( – ) Ravindra Jadeja Ind 818
5 (+1) Trent Boult NZ 795
6 (-1) Pat Cummins Aus 792*
7 ( – ) Rangana Herath SL 791
8 ( – ) R. Ashwin Ind 779
9 ( – ) Neil Wagner NZ 765
10 ( – ) Josh Hazlewood Aus 751

All-rounders (Top 5)

Rank (+/-) Player Team
1 ( – ) Shakib Al Hasan Ban
2 ( – ) Ravindra Jadeja Ind
3 ( – ) Vernon Philander SA
4 ( – ) Jason Holder Win
5 ( – ) R. Ashwin Ind

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