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Virat Kohli rises to career-best 9th in ICC Test rankings


Feb 19, 2014 at 02:51pm IST

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Dubai: India's Virat Kohli has moved up two places to a career-best ninth position in the latest ICC Test batsmen rankings released Wednesday, breaking into the top-10 for the first time in his career.

His rise came following the knocks of 38 and 105 not out in the Wellington Test against New Zealand which ended Tuesday. Kohli joins seventh-ranked teammate Cheteshwar Pujara as the only two Indian batsmen inside the top-10. Pujara, however, has dropped a place after Pakistan's Misbah-ul-Haq overtook him in the charts.

Mumbai's Ajinkya Rahane also showed remarkable rise, leaping 15 places to 46th.

Virat Kohli rises to career-best 9th in ICC Test rankings

Kohli joins seventh-ranked teammate Cheteshwar Pujara as the only two Indian batsmen inside the top-10. (Getty Images)

Off spinner Ravichandran Ashwin remained India's highest ranked bowler at No.10 despite dropping two places as he was not picked in the playing XI for the two Tests against New Zealand. Ashwin, however, remains the No.1 ranked all-rounder in the world.

Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha is the second best ranked Indian bowler at No.12 despite slipping a place.

In bowlers, Australia's Mitchell Johnson has continued to storm through the charts in the latest ICC Test bowlers rankings released.

Johnson has jumped five places to fourth following his spectacular match-winning haul of 12 for 127 in the Centurion Test against South Africa. Named Player of the Match, Johnson has enjoyed a spectacular run this season and now has a total of 49 wickets from six successive Tests.

The left-arm pacer, who first entered the top-10 in November 2008, reached a career-best second in March 2009. The seamer remained a permanent fixture in the top-five until October 2010.

Vernon Philander has ceded the No.1 position to teammate Dale Steyn after a 55-day reign. Philander, who became the No.1 bowler Dec 22, picked up a wicket in the Centurion Test to drop 11 points and finish on 898, three behind Steyn.

South Africa's spearhead Steyn, who had figures of 4/78 and 2/61 in either innings of the Test, has retained his pre-series points. He first reached the No.1 position April 3 in 2008 when he drew level with Muttiah Muralidaran for one week. He regained the top spot in July 2009, overtaking Muralidaran.

Thereafter, Steyn spent 187 matches or 1,630 days as the top-ranked bowler, the second-most number of matches after Muralidaran. His run was ended when Philander overtook him in December 2013.

Meanwhile, Australia's Ryan Harris continues to be the highest-ranked bowler for his side after retaining his pre-series third position. This means that when the second Test between South Africa and Australia gets underway Thursday in Port Elizabeth, the top-4 bowlers will all be in action with Peter Siddle in sixth (down by one) closely following them.

New Zealand's Tim Southee moved up a place to a career-best ninth following his match haul of 5/143 in the Wellington Test against India. Southee is now on 757 points, just 10 behind eighth-ranked teammate Trent Boult.

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