Virat Kohli moves No 2 in ICC rankings

Aug 06, 2012, 08:36 IST | Agencies

Splendid form during the five-match one-day series in Sri Lanka takes India vice-captain Virat Kohli to No 2 in International Cricket Council rankings

India batsman Virat Kohli has achieved a career-best second position in the latest ICC one-day rankings released a day after the conclusion of India-Sri Lanka series which the visitors won 4-1.

Kohli, the Indian vice-captain, entered the series as the third-ranked batsman. He moved up one position following his Player of the Series performance in which he scored 296 runs.

Player of the series, Virat Kohli and teammates enjoy a ride on the prize car at Pallekele on Saturday. Pic/AFP

The former India Under-19 captain also achieved a career-best rating of 866 after the fourth One-day International (ODI) in which he scored 128 not out in India’s six-wicket victory.

Kohli now trails South Africa’s Hashim Amla by 13 ratings points and can potentially top the batting chart if the South Africa opener fails to perform in the five-ODI series against England starting August 24 in Cardiff.

Gambhir in top 10
Kohli’s teammate and opener Gautam Gambhir has also broken into the top 10 which means India now have three batsmen inside the top 10 with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni sitting in fifth position. Gambhir scored 258 runs in the series and has been rewarded with a jump of seven places which has put him in 10th position.

Other India batsmen to move up the order include Virender Sehwag in 26th (up by one) and Suresh Raina in 30th (up by two), while Rohit Sharma has slipped eight places to 54th.
India’s 4-1 victory have seen them move up to second place in the team rankings.

However, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni praised Gambhir for his batting display. “This was a very good wicket to bat on. Gautam batted well and we had a very good platform,” said Dhoni.

‘Need to improve’
“We still need to improve, not only in bowling but also in batting,” the skipper said. India were under pressure at 87-3 but Gambhir and Tiwary propped up the innings with a 110-run stand for the fourth wicket.

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