Steve Smith has shown a phenomenal comeback in the International Test Arena after the ban was lifted from him. He has shown cricket of another level in the ongoing Ashes series in England. In the Ashes, he has scored two centuries and one half-century in three matches played.
Steve Smith has dethroned Mr Virat Kohli from the first spot in the ICC Test Rankings after fantastic innings played by him in the Ashes Series before getting ruled out of the Third Test Match against England. Virat Kohli showed a flop show at West Indies tour as he was able to score a single half-century.
Virat Kohli – the captain has been riding his luck so far and he overtook MS Dhoni to become India’s most successful Test captain in the history of Indian Cricket. Moreover, Indian Team has been on the top of ICC Championship table with the two away wins against West Indies and they are sitting on the top with 60 points.
That allowed Smith, who missed the third Test at Headingley, to open up a single-point lead in the rankings announced on Tuesday, 3 September. He has a chance to extend that lead in the fourth Ashes Test, starting Wednesday.
Elsewhere on the batting charts, India’s Ajinkya Rahane returned to the top 10, rising four places to No.7, after following up his half-century and hundred in Antigua with another useful half-century in Jamaica. Hanuma Vihari, described by Kohli as “the find of the series”, shot up 40 places to No.30 after just six Tests.
The Australian No.4 has fought his way back up the charts in his first series back from the ban, making twin centuries in the first Test against England and 92 in the second. He now averages 63.2 in Test cricket.
Kohli’s next chance to challenge Smith will be in the home Test series against South Africa, starting on 2 October.