Australia vs India: Virat Kohli Closes Gap On Steve Smith In ICC Test Batting Rankings
Despite India's defeat to Australia in the first Test in Adelaide, Virat Kohli's first innings knock of 74 helped him close the gap to Steve Smith at the top of the ICC Test rankings for batsmen. Steve Smith was dismissed for just one run in Australia's first innings, while he stayed unbeaten on the same score in their second outing with the bat. The former Australia captain lost 10 points, while Kohli - who top-scored in the Test- gained two points, as the gap between the two top-ranked batsmen fell from 25 to 13 points.
While Smith is still perched atop the batting charts with 911 points, Kohli now has 888 points. However, Smith may extend his lead further during the series, with Kohli set to miss the remaining three matches due to his paternity leave.