ICC Rankings: Steve Smith extends his lead over Virat Kohli to 34 points

first_img Next Asian News International DubaiSeptember 10, 2019UPDATED: September 10, 2019 14:36 IST Smith has extended his lead over India skipper Kohli at the No. 1 spot (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSSteve Smith topped the ICC Test rankings for batsmen after his heroics in the 1st two Tests of the ongoing AshesPat Cummins has also maintained his top position in the bowlers rankingsA number of Afghanistan players have also moved up in the rankings after their maiden victory over BangladeshAustralian batsman Steve Smith has extended his lead over India skipper Virat Kohli at the number one spot in the ICC Test batsmen rankings. Smith now has a lead of 34 points over Kohli as the rankings were revealed on Tuesday.The 30-year-old batsman scored 293 (211+82) runs in the fourth Test and as a result, he has further consolidated his position. With this, he is virtually assured of the top spot after the end of the five-match series between Australia and England.Aussie pacer Pat Cummins also remains at the top spot in the bowlers rankings. The bowler took seven wickets in the recently concluded match and as a result, he has 63-rating points ahead of the second-placed Proteas bowler Kagiso Rabada.India’s Jasprit Bumrah is positioned at the third place. Josh Hazlewood has also entered the top ten for the first time in his career. He has moved to eighth place.Afghanistan’s 224-run win over Bangladesh in Chattogram has also resulted in major gains for their players. Afghan skipper Rashid Khan’s player of the match effort of 11 for 104 has lifted him from 69th to 37th position in the bowling rankings.Former Afghan captain Asghar Afghan’s scores of 92 and 50 have taken him from 110th to 63rd position while Rahmat Shah’s century in the first innings has helped him move from 93rd to 65th.Also Read | Rashid Khan spins Afghanistan to famous Test triumph over BangladeshAlso Read | World Test Championship: Why Australia are 4th despite Ashes-retaining victory in ManchesterFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow Steve SmithFollow Ashes 2019 ICC Rankings: Steve Smith extends his lead over Virat Kohli to 34 pointsWhile Steve Smith held a slender 1-point lead over Virat Kolhi at the beginning of the 4th Ashes Test, the Australian batsman scored 293 runs in Manchester to make sure he ends the series as the No. 1 ranked batsman, no matter what happens at The Oval.advertisementlast_img read more