Virat Kohli looses top spot in ICC ranking after the lords fall
India lost out to England in the second Test of their five-match series at Lord’s on Sunday by a whopping margin of an innings and 159 runs, leaving Virat Kohli and his men in a spot of bother for the remainder of the series. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is reported to be unhappy with the team’s performance and captain Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri could come under fire for their roles.
For Kohli, there is more disappointment from the match since he has lost his World No. 1 standing in the ICC batsmen Test rankings. He could only muster scores of 23 and 17 in the two innings at Lord’s, which cost him a total of 15 ranking points and saw him fall behind to Steve Smith, who now regains his spot on the top with 929 points – 10 more than Kohli.
The Indian skipper, last week, had become the first Indian batsman since Sachin Tendulkar in 2011 to have achieved the World No. 1 spot after scoring a magnificent ton in the first innings of the first Test at Edgbaston, which was followed by a knock of 51 in the second. However, he failed to reproduce the same results in the second Test and fell prey to Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad.
For the English side, James Anderson cemented his place at the top of the world Test rankings for bowlers, ending with match figures of 9/43 and earning 19 ranking points in the process and becoming the first bowler from the country to break the 900-point barrier for the first time since Ian Botham, who achieved the feat in 1980.
Another Englishman who made a massive leap following his exploits at Lord’s was Woakes, scoring a century in the first innings and taking two wickets in either innings. With this, he broke into the Top 10 in the world rankings for all-rounders for the first time as he now sits at No. 7 on the charts and also made massive gains in the individual batting and bowling rankings.