Steve Smith back on No.1 in ICC Test Rankings
There were skeptics and there were optimists but no one believed it would all happen in such a short period. Indeed, Steve Smith, the Australian No.4 didn’t play for an entire year, and in his very first series since coming back went straight to the top.
It all happened thanks to Indian captain Virat Kohli’s first-ball duck in the Jamaica Test, which allowed Smith to finally reclaim the throne after Kohli overtook him in August 2018. Even though Kohli scored76 in the first innings playing the West Indies, he still hasn’t added to his 25 Test hundreds even we are already 3 Tests into this year. This allowed Australian cricketer Steve Smith to take the lead despite missing not being present for the third Test at Headingley.
Smith lost the top spot following his ban due to the scandal regarding ball tampering which paved the way for Virat to surpass him. Prior to the scandal, Smith was reigning supreme on the ICC Test ranking since December 2015.
In his very first series since the ban, Smith clawed his way back to the top making twin centuries against Englan. The Australian No.4 now averages 63.2 and seems unstoppable.
It’s not all gloom and doom for Virat however because he has surpassed MS Dhoni to become the most successful Test captain India has ever had and is only 1 point behind Smith on the Test rankings. This means it could all change in October when the home Test series are to be held against South Africa and we might see Virat ahead of Smith again, but only if Smith doesn’t cement his lead on Wednesday in the fourth Ashes Test.
Other changes to the batting charts include India’s Ajinkya Rahane returning to the top 10, going from 11th to 7th, while Hanuma Vihari jumped an incredible 40 places all the way to 30th after only six Tests. Kohli wasn’t wrong when he claimed Vihari to be the “find of the series”.