Kohli has an opportunity of surpassing Smith within the third and final Take a look at versus South Africa in Ranchi © Getty
India’s Take a look at captain Virat Kohli got here within a level (936 points) of Steven Smith’s Take a look at batting ranking points, after his colossal, profession-simplest 254* in Pune within the 2d Take a look at against South Africa.
Kohli, who has had a lean bustle of obtain by his standards, going 10 innings with out a Take a look at century, made up for it in Pune last week and ensured that his ranking points, which had dipped under the 900 mark for the predominant time since January 2018 (when India toured South Africa). In consequence, he has inched closer to his profession-simplest ranking (937, in August 2018), and the #1 set of residing to Steven Smith, by one ranking point. Kohli stands an opportunity of reaching the summit of the batting rankings within the third and final Take a look at against South Africa in Ranchi.
Mayank Agarwal has broken into the head 20 of the Take a look at batting rankings for the predominant time, mountain climbing up 8 spots to the 17th field, after scoring hundreds in successive Tests in a prolific bustle of obtain against South Africa within the continued Take a look at sequence.
The rookie opener converted his maiden Take a look at hundred into a double-century within the predominant Take a look at match in Vizag, and adopted it up with a hundred within the predominant innings on a making an are attempting out, at the starting set-seaming Pune pitch.