• Kane to claim Kohli crown

    New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson is set to topple Indian skipper Virat Kohli as the world’s No 1-ranked Test batsman after his unbeaten 200 against Bangladesh shot his points ranking up to a career high of 915 points.

    Williamson reached a career-best 915 rating points after an unbeaten double century in the first Test against Bangladesh in Hamilton that was the centerpiece of a victory by an innings and 52 runs.

    Williamson’s 200 not out, which earned him the Player of the Match award, has lifted him from 897 points to within seven points of India captain Virat Kohli, who is perched at the top of the ICC Test Player Rankings with 922 points. With two more Tests to go in the series, Williamson has a chance to regain the top spot, which he occupied briefly towards the end of 2015.

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    Kohli has no way of defending his position, as India has no Test matches scheduled until late in 2019.

    Williamson’s rating points are the highest by any New Zealander in Test cricket, with Richard Hadlee the only other player from his country to cross the 900-point mark with a best of 909 points in bowling.

    Openers Tom Latham and Jeet Raval have also made good progress after their centuries in Hamilton. Latham’s score of 161 has lifted him one place to a career-best 11th position, and just three points shy of South Africa’s Faf du Plessis, who is in 10th place with 702 points. Raval’s maiden century, after seven fifties, has helped him gain five slots to reach 33rd position.

    Top 10 batsmen in Test cricket

    Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Ave Highest
    1 ( – ) Virat Kohli India 922 53.76
    937 v Eng 2018
    2 ( – ) K. Williamson NZ 915! 53.2
    915 v Ban 2019
    3 ( – ) C. Pujara India 881 51.18
    888 v SL 2017
    4 ( – ) Steve Smith Aus 857 61.37
    947 v SA 2018
    5 ( – ) Joe Root Eng 763 49.51
    917 v Aus 2015
    6 (+1) David Warner Aus 756 48.2
    880 v NZ 2015
    7 (-2) Henry Nicholls NZ 755* 43.84
    763 v SL 2018
    8 ( – ) Aiden Markram SA 719* 43.8
    759 v Aus 2018
    9 ( – ) Q. de Kock SA 718 39.31
    802 v NZ 2017
    10 ( – ) Faf du Plessis SA 702 42.95
    734 v India 2018

    Among their bowlers, the pair of Trent Boult (down two places to eighth) and Tim Southee (ninth) remain in the top 10, while Neil Wagner is also moving in the right direction, gaining three places and reaching 11th position after finishing with seven wickets in the match, including a five-wicket haul in the first innings.

    For Bangladesh, left-handed opener Tamim Iqbal has gained 11 slots to reach 25th position after scores of 126 and 74, overtaking Shakib Al Hasan to become the top-ranked batsman for his country in this format. Mahmudullah has moved up 12 places to reach a career-best 4oth after scoring 22 and 146, while Soumya Sarkar’s one and 149 in Hamilton have lifted him 25 places to 67th position.

    Source: ICC

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