Virat Kohli’s prolific run with the bat has helped him attain the rare feat of crossing the 900-point mark in both Tests and ODIs after the latest update in the ICC ODI player rankings.
Kohli has become only the second batsman after South Africa’s AB de Villiers to attain the 900-point mark concurrently in both forms of the game and one among only five to have crossed 900 points in both forms of the game as he consolidated his top position with 558 runs in the 5-1 series win over the Proteas, during which he slammed three centuries.
Kohli has thus moved ahead of Brian Lara in the all-timers’ list, having also overtaken him in the all-timers’ Test list last month.
Kohli is now seventh in the ODI list of all-time rankings that is led by Vivian Richards with 935 points and the India captain is now a good 22 points clear of Sachin Tendulkar, whose ODI career high of 887 points came against Zimbabwe in January 1998.
Kohli’s aggregate is the best since Brian Lara reached 908 points in March 1993.
India opener Shikhar Dhawan, who aggregated 323 runs in the South Africa series, is another notable gainer in the latest rankings even as a clutch of Indian bowlers made rapid strides in the latest batting rankings.
BATSMEN (top 10)
|Rank||( /-)||Player||Team||Points||Avge||Highest Rating|
|1||( – )||Virat Kohli||Ind||909!||58.10||909 v SA at Centurion 2018|
|2||( – )||AB de Villiers||SA||844||53.50||902 v NZ at Auckland 2015|
|3||( – )||David Warner||Aus||823||43.43||880 v Pak at Adelaide 2017|
|4||( 1)||Babar Azam||Pak||813||51.11||846 v NZ at Wellington 2018|
|5||( 1)||Joe Root||Eng||808||50.91||818 v Aus at Brisbane 2018|
|6||(-2)||Rohit Sharma||Ind||799||44.55||825 v SL at Mohali 2017|
|7||(-1)||Quinton de Kock||SA||783||45.41||808 v Ban at East London 2017|
|8||( 1)||Faf du Plessis||SA||782||44.68||802 v Ind at Durban 2018|
|9||(-1)||Kane Williamson||NZ||777||46.51||798 v SA at Centurion 2015|
|10||( 4)||Shikhar Dhawan||Ind||769||45.90||794 v SA at Melbourne 2015|