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Virat Kohli's Reign As Top-Ranked Test Batsman Comes Under New Threat

  • 12 Dec 2018 22:06:28

Virat Kohli has reigned supreme in the ICC Test Batting Rankings with only handful players coming anywhere close to the Indian run-machine. For the longest time, Steve Smith was the only challenger to Kohli's throne but with the former Australia captain getting embroiled in the infamous ball-tampering scandal in South Africa and being handed a one-year ban by Cricket Australia, it seemed Kohli's rule would go unchallenged. After the latest ICC rankings were released on Tuesday, a new challenger has emerged to Kohli's throne -- New Zealand captain Kane Williamson.

Williamson has become the first New Zealand batsman to break the 900-point barrier in the batsman's ratings.

Kohli has been sitting pretty at the top of the rankings since the Edgbaston Test against England this year but Williamson's performance against Pakistan has seen the Indian captain's lead at the top reduce to just seven points.