Kohli loses top spot in ICC Test Player rankings

Ruben Hill
February 27, 2020

There's no cakewalk at global level as teams will come and beat you.

Kohli has scored only 201 runs in nine innings in the ongoing tour of New Zealand and his highest score has been 51, his only fifty on this tour, came in the first ODI.

Steve Smith on Wednesday returned to the top in ICC Test Player Rankings, replacing Virat Kohli after India lost the first Test to New Zealand in Wellington by 10 wickets.

Man-of-the-match Southee took four for 20 on the final morning to finish with five for 61 after grabbing four wickets in the first innings. "The mindset can shift very quickly".

Kyle Jamieson had an excellent test debut, including the wicket of Virat Kohli.

"We know we haven't played well, but if people want to make a big deal out of it, make a mountain out of it, we can't help it as we don't think like that".

"We understand that we need to play well to win, also at home".

"For some people, it might be the end of the world, but it's not". The last batsman apart from Smith and Kohli to be No. 1 is New Zealand's Kane Williamson, for an eight-day period in December 2015.

New Zealand's drubbing of India was hailed as one of their best in Black Caps' history by the media here. Once he feels that he can do it, I think it will be a different ball game.

"It's been about buying into what the team needs. and being willing to try things and look to break the momentum of the batting side", he said.

In the series opener at the Basin Reserve, Shaw was found wanting against Tim Southee and Trent Boult in both the innings, thus drawing criticism over his technique.

Among the Indian batsmen who were part of the action in Wellington, Ajinkya Rahane's 46 and 29 have taken him up by a spot to No. 8 and Mayank Agarwal has gone up to No. 10 following scores of 34 and 58, but Cheteshwar Pujara has slipped two spots to ninth after identical scores of 11 in the two innings.

New Zealand are determined to ensure that Kohli does not hit his stride for the remainder of the tour.

"They didn't make any adjustments in the way they played, they threw their hands at the ball like they do in India", he Radio Sport.

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