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Virat Kohli consolidates his position at the top

Fast bowlers Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah also move up in the list for bowlers.
PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: Virat Kohli of India raises his bat to Indian supporters after reaching his half century during day two of the second match in the Test series between Australia and India at Perth Stadium on December 15, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane - CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)

Captains Virat Kohli of India and Kane Williamson of New Zealand have consolidated their positions in the ICC Rankings for Batsmen, even as Tom Latham, Angelo Mathews and Nathan Lyon have made considerable gains in the latest rankings update carried out on Thursday.

Top-ranked Virat has gained 14 points to reach 934 points after a valiant first-innings knock of 123 in the second Test at Perth which Australia won by 146 runs on Tuesday to draw level at 1-1 in the four-match series. Kohli has thus increased his lead over Williamson from seven to 19 points.

However, second-ranked Williamson too has something to cheer about after scoring 91 in the drawn first of two Tests against Sri Lanka, which ended in Wellington on Wednesday. He has reached a personal best of 915 points, the joint-25th highest ever and equal with ICC Hall of Famer George Headley of the West Indies.

For India, apart from Virat, vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane (up two places to 15th) and wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant (up 11 places to a career-best 48th) have also moved up among batsmen while fast bowlers Mohammad Shami (up two places to 24th) and Jasprit Bumrah (up five places to a career-best 28th) have advanced in the list for bowlers.

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Team India management rubbishes reports about Kohli-Paine banter

The Indian team management classified the media reports as baseless

There are reports doing the rounds in the media and across social media platforms claiming India Captain Virat Kohli got involved in a banter with Australia Captain Tim Paine during the 2nd Test at Perth.

It is “assumed” that Kohli said, “I am the best player in the world and you are just a stand-in captain”. These claims were based on hearsay and the Indian team management would like to bring into notice that no such words were spoken on the field by the Indian captain.

A clarification was received from the team management, which has classified the reports as baseless.

BCCI Desk

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