Smith reclaims No. 1 Test spot after Kohli's failure in Wellington
Virat Kohli's total of 21 runs in the opening Test against New Zealand has paved way for Steven Smith to reclaim the top spot in the ICC Test rankings.
Steven Smith and Virat Kohli have been exchanging positions on the top spot, with Kane Williamson only occupying the place for an eight-day period back in December 2015.
But Williamson, following his classy 89 against India, has jumped to the third spot, taking over the place from Marnus Labuschagne.
There have been few changes among India’s top-order in the rankings – Ajinkya Rahane has jumped to eighth spot, Mayank Agarwal to No. 10 whereas Cheteshwar Pujara has slipped to ninth spot following a string of low scores in the first Test.
From the New Zealand team, Ross Taylor, who was making his 100th Test appearance in Wellington, has vaulted to No. 13 following his 44 in the only innings he batted.
In the bowlers, there were promotions for Tim Southee and Trent Boult, who orchestrated India’s batting collapse in Wellington. Southee moved up eight positions to sixth, while Boult has gone up four spots to share the 13th spot with Mohammad Abbas. Neil Wagner, who had to miss the opening India Test due to the birth of his child, remains at second spot, behind Australia’s Pat Cummins.
Following the Bangladesh-Zimbabwe Test in Dhaka, there have been few gains for both sides.
Mushfiqur Rahim has moved up five spots to return to the top 20 as he scored a double hundred. Mominul Haque has moved up five places to 39th after scoring 132 in his team’s comprehensive win. Nayeem Hasan’s nine wickets has lifted him 29 places to 38th position among bowlers. Craig Ervine, who top-scored in both innings for Zimbabwe has gone up 15 spots.