The India captain Virat Kohli has become the number one Test batsman in the world following his century in India’s 31-1 run defeat by England at Edgbaston.
Kohli, 29, has ended former Australia skipper Steve Smith’s 32-month reign as the top Test batsman.He is the first Indian to top the rankings since Sachin Tendulkar in June 2011.
Kohli, who held the second spot since December 2015, took a lead of five points over the former Australia captain, who is serving a one-year suspension from international cricket following the ball-tampering scandal in March earlier this year. The latest rankings were released a day after the conclusion of the Edgbaston Test in which the Indian captain scored 149 and 51 in two innings, but failed to lead his side to a victory. Despite India losing the first Test by 31 runs, Kohli’s performance saw him reaching the top position in Test batting rankings.