Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 15 November 2019

India captain Virat Kohli two points away from No 1 ranking among Test batsmen

Star batsman has a chance to overtake Australia's Steve Smith in third Test against South Africa

India batsman Virat Kohli is one point behind Steve Smith in the ICC Test ranking for batsmen. AFP
India batsman Virat Kohli is one point behind Steve Smith in the ICC Test ranking for batsmen. AFP

India batsman Virat Kohli has moved to within one point of No1-ranked Test batsman Steve Smith following his epic double century in the second Test against South Africa.

Kohli scored an unbeaten 254 in the Pune Test to help India take an unassailable 2-0 lead. It was India's 11th successive Test series win at home, breaking the world record set by Australia.

Kohli was captaining India for the 50th time in Tests and celebrated the special occasion with his seventh double ton in five-day cricket.

Australia batting heavyweight Smith currently holds the top ranking among batsmen in Test cricket with 937 points following a monumental Ashes campaign where he scored 774 runs in seven innings.

Kohli now has 936 points and is poised to overtake Smith in the third Test in Ranchi which begins on Saturday.

In the Test Championship race, India reached 200 points following their win in the second Test, which was their fourth in a row.

Updated: October 15, 2019 04:36 PM

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