Ganguly Believes Kohli Rightfully Owns the No. 1 Rank

Ganguly Believes Kohli Rightfully Owns the No. 1 Rank

It will just take one win for Virat Kohli to come to the third place as the all-time successful Test captain that India has ever produced.

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The former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly is in total awe for the current Indian captain and believes that Kohli’s ascent to the top of Test ranking of batsmen has been because of iron-hard focus and determination.

Kohli took the No. 1 position after he overtook former Australian skipper Steve Smith, who had stayed at the top for 32 months.

Kohli’s 200 runs in the Edgbaston Test against England took him to the top spot while Steve Smith is currently serving a one-year ban.

Kohli is also the No. 1 batsman in the ODIs and is ahead of the second-ranked batsman Babar Azam of Pakistan by 86 points.

“Virat Kohli’s conviction and determination in difficult situations, his selection of shots, and ability to dominate the bowlers in every sphere of the game is extraordinary. He is rightly the No. 1 batsman in the world. He may not have been at his fluent best at Birmingham but his attitude of not giving up stands tall,” Ganguly told Times of India.

“This is also an example of batsmanship: Even if it’s not your day, you still make the runs. It’s a huge statement that the other batsman need to stand up. I believe that this batting line-up has the ability to score runs in these conditions. Virat, the leader, has a job on hand. He will have to get this team going. The confidence needs to be brought back: It’s more in the mind and that will be his challenge on this tour,” he added.

In the first innings Kohli was dropped on 21 and 51 and he paid the price by hitting 149 off 225 balls. It also ended all the criticisms he was facing for not scoring in English conditions.

He also scored 51 runs in the second innings but could not take his team through, because of lack of support from other batsmen, as India lost the game by 31 runs.

Sourav Ganguly is one of few Indian captains who returned from England by remaining undefeated in Tests. He praised the way the first Test underwent and said that the game showed why the longest format still provides an ultimate test for players.

“It was a humdinger of a battle with the pendulum swinging this way and that every now and again. Ultimately, the team that held its nerves and delivered when it mattered came out on top,” Ganguly said.

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RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 India 28 3499 125
2 South Africa 32 3589 112
3 Australia 33 3499 106
4 New Zealand 23 2354 102
5 England 36 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 31 2914 94
7 Pakistan 17 1463 86
8 Bangladesh 16 1202 75
9 West Indies 22 1484 67
10 Zimbabwe 8 12 2


RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 England 42 5257 125
2 India 45 5492 122
3 South Africa 34 3842 113
4 New Zealand 41 4602 112
5 Australia 32 3327 104
6 Pakistan 32 3279 102
7 Bangladesh 24 2220 93
8 Sri Lanka 43 3302 77
9 West Indies 29 1989 69
10 Afghanistan 28 1758 63
11 Zimbabwe 37 2021 55


RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 Pakistan 23 2990 130
2 Australia 15 1894 126
3 India 32 3932 123
4 New Zealand 22 2542 116
5 England 17 1951 115
6 South Africa 18 2058 114
7 West Indies 18 2048 114
8 Afghanistan 22 1917 87
9 Sri Lanka 27 2287 85
10 Bangladesh 21 1570 75